With a huge urban campus, state-of-the-art facilities, and the largest student body of any university in Ireland, University College Dublin welcomes hundreds of new international students every year.
UCD prides itself on being Ireland’s global university and has international campuses and strong links to academic institutions in locations as far-flung as Beijing and Malaysia. They have a portfolio of over 500 institutional partnerships in over 90 countries, allowing students and staff to engage in exchange programmes for research, studies, internships, field trips and volunteering opportunities. Around 1,000 students avail of these opportunities every year, and this allows them to broaden their mindset in terms of working interculturally, responding to global challenges and issues in their society.
These connections are also imperative for sharing research, and for developing skills to work cross-culturally within teams, responding to the increasing diversification of the modern workforce. Building these skills during university proves to be beneficial after graduation when students move on to work in various fields.
Caroline Mangan, Global Experience Manager at UCD Global, said: “I think the best thing about UCD at present is how it has embraced global engagement. It has embraced opportunities to learn from students and staff overseas, to channel that learning back into society here in Ireland, not just on campus, but society at large. There’s a huge push toward equality, diversity and inclusion in recent years and that has encouraged that mindset of integration of different cultures across the campus. I think there’s a lot of opportunities for students and staff to express their intercultural identities and interests. There’s a real desire to share that cultural difference, celebrate it, engage with it, learn about it.”
UCD is a place that allows you to unite the commonality in diversity
UCD Global aims to develop links by supporting a variety of university-wide collaborations. Any academic or professional member of staff in any school or college may initiate a proposal for the development of an educational partnership or collaborative programme. The university is committed to bringing the best of the world to Ireland, and the best of Ireland to the world.