UCC launches transformational Academic Strategy

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University College Cork (UCC) has launched a new Academic Strategy with the aim of transforming their learning experience and landscape for the future. This UCC Academic Strategy outlines a new and holistic approach to education that champions the capacity for independent thinking and inquiry, equipping students with the skills required for our rapidly evolving labour market, society and environment.


Speaking at the launch of the Academic Strategy, UCC’s Deputy President and Registrar Professor John O’Halloran said: “Sixty percent 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 – underpinned by the UN sustainability goals.”

“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.”

Academic Strategy Background

One of Ireland’s first academic strategies to be published, the new strategy builds on UCC’s strong foundation for delivery and success. Set against the backdrop of a doubling in student numbers over the last decade to over 21,000, a 93% student retention rate, and being ranked in Europe’s top 50 universities for learning and teaching, the strategy outlines a number of priorities and initiatives to ensure UCC remains at the cutting edge and a top-ranked global university.

The new UCC Academic Strategy recognises the innovation in course development at UCC and maintains a strong focus on employability; current employment rates of UCC graduates are 94%. 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.

Read more online here at www.UCC.ie

Professor O’Halloran added: “The strategy outlines our vision for a Connected University with a renewed academic mission that will connect our research excellence to our curriculum, and connect our university, staff and students to a dynamic workplace and skillsets required for the future.”


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