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.

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Campus Development

Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI)

When it opens in Spring 2019, the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) will be a new landmark cultural institution in the heart of Ireland’s capital city at Newman House, the original home of UCD. Named for Molly Bloom, the illustrious heroine of James Joyce’s Ulysses, MoLI will celebrate Ireland’s internationally-renowned literary culture and heritage from the past to the present, inspiring the next generation to create, read and write.

Drawing on the expertise from leading literary institutions, MoLI 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, Joyce and the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Visitors will experience a journey through diverse and immersive exhibits examining not only contemporary Irish writers, but Irish writing in other cities and the history of publishing in the Irish State. An ambitious temporary exhibition programme will see changing exhibitions focus on individual writers and works from the past to the present as well as Irish folklore and intangible literary heritage through artefacts, sound, film, new technologies and digital media.

The location of MoLI 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.

With its proximity to St Stephen’s Green, the Iveagh Gardens and the National Concert Hall, MoLI 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.

The 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, 90% of the funding has been secured for this project; 25% of which is State funding (Fáilte Ireland) and the remainder secured through philanthropic donations. We are seeking to raise the balance through philanthropic donations to complete this initiative.


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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