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UCC strategy targets future through a ‘connected university’

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 4:44pm

UCC this week launched an academic strategy that it suggests will transform the learning experience in the university.

The Connected University, the UCC Academic Strategy 2018-2022 outlines a new and holistic approach to education that champions the capacity for independent thinking and enquiry. The strategy should also equip students with the skills required for the rapidly evolving labour market, society and environment.

Speaking at the launch of the academic strategy, UCC’s Deputy President and Registrar Prof. John O’Halloran said: “60 per cent of the jobs that our young people will have don’t even exist yet, according to the World Economic Forum, so our graduates need to be flexible as well as hard-working and skilled.

“With an eye on supporting the future needs of industry and preparing our graduates to be work ready and world ready, we have introduced the Connected Curriculum which links teaching and research to a core set of values - global citizenship; sustainability; research-based curriculum; creative knowledge and social responsibility.

“With education and talent comes responsibility – so people must be able to change and create a different world. The Connected Curriculum puts vital skills and values at the heart of our students’ learning experience to equip them to do just that.”

One of Ireland’s first academic strategies to be published, the strategy outlines a number of priorities and initiatives to ensure UCC remains at the cutting edge and a top ranked global university.

UCC has doubled student numbers over the last decade to over 21,000. UCC also has a 93 per cent student retention rate, and is ranked in Europe’s top 50 universities for learning and teaching.

Sustainability, inter and trans-disciplinarity as well as civic and community engagement are core to the Connected Curriculum. Reforming academic governance and ensuring effective assessment have been identified as key policy areas in the academic strategy.

Lifelong and life-wide learning is at the heart of the Connected Curriculum, to support students to achieve their potential academically, personally and professionally.

UCC President Patrick O’Shea added: “We want to challenge students to be the best that they can be as scholars, entrepreneurs, citizens and people. Our connected university will positively impact society locally, nationally and internationally.

Through innovation, dedication and our tradition of independent thinking, we believe this academic strategy will successfully lead UCC into the future of education.”

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