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Dublin City University

Dublin City University
Logo: Dublin City University
Established 1975
Location Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Students 10,000
Alumni 22,000
President Prof Ferdinand von Prondzynski
Chancellor Hon Ms Justice Mella Carroll
Address Glasnevin
Dublin 9
Phone +353-1-700 5000
Member of EUA

Dublin City University (DCU) is a university situated in Glasnevin on the Northside of Dublin in Ireland. Created as the National Institute for Higher Education, Dublin in 1975, it enrolled its first students in 1980 and was elevated to university status in 1989 by statute.

The founding president of the institution was Dr Danny O'Hare, who retired in 1999. The current president is Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski.

There are currently five faculties:

  • DCU Business School (DCUBS)
  • Faculty of Engineering & Computing
  • Faculty of Science & Health
  • Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Joint Faculty of Education Studies

The university also hosts Oscail, the National Distance Education Centre.

There are currently four linked colleges:

In 1979 the institution was located on a 85 acre (0.3 km²) site 3 miles (5 km) from the city centre, just north of Albert Park; the Albert College Building is the only significant remaining building from before this period. Entrances are from Ballymun Road, to the west, and Collins Avenue, to the north.

Aerial view: looking eastwards in 1998

The land on which the university is based was once the Albert Agricultural College (Estd. 1838) in Glasnevin, previously called the Glasnevin Model Farm. For most of the 20th century until 1978 the Faculty of Agriculture, University College, Dublin had ownership of the site. The Henry Grattan building was the first new building completed in 1981 along with the adjoining restaurant, many building have been added since forming a modern university campus.

The early focus of the institution was, in particular, on science and technology although it has also had a large business school. It has recently developed a presence also in the performing arts and in the humanities. The university is also famous for its work placement or INTRA (INtegrated TRAining) programme, the first such programme in Ireland.

The university has a particularly strong research record, it is a research led university, and has regularly been recorded as bringing in more research income per members of faculty - or indeed as a percentage of total income - than any other university in Ireland. Its research team working on sensors at the National Centre for Sensor Research is considered one of the best in the world.

The university is also famous for its Centre for Talented Youth and is the location for The Helix a purpose built "performance space", which includes Ireland's largest concert hall, the Mahony Hall. The O'Reilly Foundation made a substantial contribution towards the new library, The John and Aileen O`Reilly Library. Currently (2004) the university graduates are not eligible to vote for Ireland's upper chamber, Seanad Éireann, this is under review.

The university was named "Irish University of the Year 2004-2005" [1] by the Sunday Times, UK. It was also ranked No 2 in the league table of Irish universities in the same newspaper.

DCU Centers

Tennis Ireland National Training Centre (Albert College Park) ( )

NICB (National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology) ( )

NCSR (National Centre for Sensor Research) ( )

NCPST (National Centre for Plasma Science & Technology) ( )

NCTCC (National Cell and Tissue Culture Centre) ( )

ICNT (International Centre for Neurotherapeutics) ( )

NCTE (National Centre for Technology in Education) ( )

Invent (Innovation and Enterprise Centre) ( )

RINCE (Research Institute for Networks and Communications Engineering) ( )

MPRC (Materials Processing and Research Centre) ( )

CSE (Centre for Software Engineering) ( )

CDVP (Centre for Digital Video Processing) TREC / Físchlár ( )

Eeolas Institute at Citywest Business Campus ( )

See also

External links

Last updated: 10-18-2005 14:29:04
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