IUA Release 12.05.21 - TU Dublin to join the Irish Universities Association

12.05.21: The Irish Universities Association (IUA) is pleased to announce that Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) has agreed to become a member of the organisation which represents Irish universities. TU Dublin joins the seven existing IUA members at a time of significant change in Irish higher education.

The members of the enlarged IUA now account for over two-thirds of all students in higher education, over 80% of international and post-graduate students and almost 90% of research spending in the sector.

Welcoming TU Dublin’s accession to membership, Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway and Chair of the IUA Council said: “We are delighted to welcome TU Dublin to join with us to strengthen our collective, inclusive representation as the Voice of Irish Universities. As one of our newest and largest universities, TU Dublin has a track record of impact across a range of disciplines and a growing strength in research and innovation. We look forward to working with the TU Dublin leadership team under the IUA umbrella to grow and develop university education for society at a pivotal time of change and development.”

Prof. David FitzPatrick, President of TU Dublin, said: “As the voice of the University sector in the Republic of Ireland, TU Dublin is delighted to join the Irish Universities Association (IUA), and we look forward to working with our new partners in strengthening the sector for the challenges ahead. It is a time of great change in Higher Education, and the IUA is well placed to reflect the scope, scale and ambition of TU Dublin in developing a new practice-based education model informed by research to prepare students for an era that will be characterised by rapid changes in technology.”

TU Dublin will formally join the IUA on June 1st 2021.


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Irish Universities Association

The IUA was originally founded in the 1970’s as the Conference of Heads of Irish Universities with the name changed to the Irish Universities Association in 2005. TU Dublin now joins the existing members which include Dublin City University, Maynooth University, NUI Galway, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick and Trinity College Dublin.

The IUA represents the interests of its member universities with government and other key stakeholders. It operates via Council made up of Presidents of member universities and a number of Committees and working groups. Details of the main aspects of our work can be found at https://www.iua.ie/ourwork/


TU Dublin

Deeply embedded in our region, TU Dublin has campuses in Dublin City Centre, in Blanchardstown and in Tallaght, and, through our major infrastructural development plan, we are currently investing over €500 million in new, state-of-the-art, technology-enabled facilities to enhance our students’ experience.

A leader in STEM disciplines, TU Dublin also supports the largest cohorts of students of business, media, culinary arts, and the creative and performing arts. We are passionate about life-long learning and, as the largest provider of part-time education, we make an important contribution to the economic life of Ireland, enabling capacity building for the future.

Our distinguished researchers and innovators are pioneers in science and technology discovery; play active roles in informing policy and standards and contribute to the creative life of Ireland. Our award-winning technology transfer and business incubation activity has delivered over 400 new sustainable businesses with an economic value of almost €700 million.

With an international outlook, we welcome students and staff from around the world while our strong international partnerships provide opportunities for student and staff exchange programmes, major cross-collaboration research projects, and employment opportunities. We are immensely proud of our network of 100,000+ TU Dublin graduates who are making their careers here in Ireland and in 70 countries worldwide.

Joining the ranks of exceptional technological universities around the world, TU Dublin is planning an exciting future… Infinite Possibilities. https://www.tudublin.ie/