Campus Development

Our Global Ambitions

Few institutions have played as significant a role in the building of a nation and the preservation of its heritage as University College Dublin. UCD is unique among Ireland’s universities in that it was born out of a vision for higher education and a flourishing, successful Ireland.

In that context, re‐imagining and transforming the UCD campus continues to be one of our most urgent priorities. The quality of our facilities has a direct impact on all other objectives. A world‐class campus will help attract the best faculty and the brightest students from all over the world.

In the last 162 years, UCD has grown and developed, and students remain our core focus. We strive to provide an holistic education, inspiring our scholars to learn and create, to question and reason, to innovate, and to contribute to society at all levels. UCD’s distinguished alumni stand as a testament to our ability to nurture pioneers across academic disciplines.
Already a leader in Ireland, we have global ambitions. By 2020, the University will be highly engaged locally, nationally and internationally, and will be known around the world as Ireland’s Global University.

Ireland’s Global University

Building on the accomplishments of the last decade, we are now poised to enter the next phase of our development. We have identified the areas that will have the most direct impact on our ability to improve our global standing and rankings, and strengthen our engagement internationally.

Following a review of the University’s campus master plan we have identified several priority capital projects, which require an investment of ca €400 million in 2016-2028 in key areas such as Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Data Science, Business, Health, Agriculture, Engineering, Architecture, and Sport.

Achieving our ambitious goals will necessitate a substantial commitment of time, effort and resources, a clear focus on measurable priorities, and a higher level of investment from public and private sources. Now is the time to demonstrate our abiding commitment to our academic faculty, students and to Ireland.

Campus Development
Campus Development

Ireland’s Literary Heritage

Ireland is defined arguably more by its wonderful writers, poets and dramatists than by any other group of people. Over the centuries, literary greats such as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, Elizabeth Bowen, Edna O’Brien, Roddy Doyle, Séamus Heaney, Emma Donoghue, Colm Tóibín, and many others have, through their writing, captured Ireland’s stunning and rugged natural beauty; explored the character, resilience, wit and complexity of the Irish people; documented the struggle for independence, and the birth and development of the Irish Republic; and provided the inspiration for the creation of visual art, music and film, which has given Ireland a reputation and presence worldwide that far outweighs its geographic footprint and population.

Our vision is to create a new landmark destination for public and scholarly engagement with the heritage and literature of Ireland and its diaspora that will be a major tourist attraction in the heart of the nation’s capital.

Newman House, St Stephen’s Green, which was the original home of UCD, comprises three buildings. It incorporates the two Georgian town houses (Nos. 85 and 86) and the Aula Maxima which was built in 1879 as the main Victorian assembly hall for the University.

The Ulysses Centre will transform the historic Newman House to provide a compelling multifaceted visitor experience through an immersive multimedia and interactive exhibition on James Joyce and other great Irish writers. The Centre will include a lecture and performance space, temporary exhibitions, house and garden tours, café and visitor services, and will provide a new high-quality venue for public seminars, small group conferences, boardroom events and other corporate functions.

The location of the Centre is of particular significance, since Ireland’s most famous writer, James Joyce, spent his formative years as a student both at Newman House and at the National Library on Kildare Street. Newman House itself figures centrally in one of his classic works, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Furthermore, The Idea of a University, by John Henry Newman, after whom the complex is named, is still regarded worldwide as one of the most enduring texts on the value of higher education, and captures the rationale for establishing the first Catholic University of Ireland in 1854.

By leveraging its proximity to St Stephen’s Green, the Iveagh Gardens and the National Concert Hall, Newman House will serve as a pivotal location, creating a new cultural precinct in the heart of Dublin city, significantly enhancing the tourist experience, enlivening the tourist trail and enhancing the south side of St Stephen’s Green.

Drawing on the expertise from leading literary institutions, Newman House aims to provide a unique experience. This includes providing space and support for young scholars from Ireland and across the globe to engage in collaborative projects based on Ireland’s literary heritage by giving them the opportunity to study and create in the very rooms and corridors frequented by Newman, Hopkins and Joyce. The Centre will be a highly attractive proposition for both tourists and scholars visiting Dublin, thus directly serving as a focal point for the culture of Ireland and its diaspora.

The estimated total capital investment required for this project is €10 million which comprises the construction, exhibition fit-out and ancillary works associated with the project. To date, 80% of the funding has been secured for this project; 25% of which is State funding (Fáilte Ireland) and the remainder secured through philanthropic donations with one lead benefactor contributing significantly to the cost of this project. We are seeking to raise the balance through philanthropic donations to complete this initiative.

If you would like further information about this wonderful initiative please contact:

Orla Tighe
Director of Development UCD Foundation
Tel: 01 7161393

Confucius Institute for Ireland

The vision of the UCD Confucius Institute is to become Ireland’s pre-eminent learning centre and commercial connector for Sino-Irish business, culture and trade. As Ireland and China rapidly increase the scale and volume of its business exchange and as more Chinese people come to live in Ireland, the need for this national resource dedicated to the training and development of Chinese language skills, understanding of culture and to connecting business people and students has never been more urgent.

Established in 2006, in partnership with Renmin University of China – one of China’s top 10 universities – the Institute has experienced an almost 700% demand growth for services in the last nine years. To respond to this need the Institute is moving to a dedicated, state-of-the-art building adjacent to the new lake on the University campus.

The new UCD Confucius Institute, designed by architects Robin Lee and Arthur Gibney, will feature classrooms, meeting rooms, language laboratories, conference rooms and performance spaces. It will also include a ‘demonstration kitchen’ for showcasing Chinese cuisines. The ground floor has been designed around a large, light-filled atrium for performances and exhibitions.

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For further information about the partnership opportunities available, please contact:

Jessica Kavanagh
Head of Trusts and Major Gifts
Tel: 353 1 7161268