DCU plans North Dublin cultural quarter

The cultural quarter will put greater emphasis on culture and creativity in DCU. Image Credit: DCU

DCU intends to make a North Dublin cultural quarter over the next few years as part of a wider plan for the university’s development.

The extensive five-year plan was launched on September 20th and will put greater emphasis on culture and creativity in DCU through collaboration with Glasnevin and Drumcondra to “open up DCU’s spaces and cultural assets”.

The plan will “provide a much enhanced cultural experience for the students and staff in DCU,” said DCU President Brian MacCraith.

A focus will be put on “engaging with our neighbouring communities and developing joint events that showcase the creative talents at DCU and surrounding areas,” said MacCraith.

The plan wants to make the university an “Institute of creativity” with a major focus on scholarships, outreach and creative education.

“We’re looking at the intersection of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and creative, performing arts. There is a rich vein of innovation that happens here,” said MacCraith

All DCU students will also be exposed to modern technology such as artificial intelligence and data analytics. This move was partially based on employers wanting graduates who are engaged with new technology, according to MacCraith.

Planned curriculum reforms include digital learning enhancements and the introduction of modules such as philosophy, ethics, design, coding, innovation and entrepreneurship.

“With new campuses, a new faculty of education, an expanded disciplinary profile and significant growth in student numbers, DCU is in a strong position to reinforce its reputation as a university of major significance both in Ireland and internationally,” said Minister for Education Richard Bruton.

The amount of DCU students has increased by 50% over the past few years as a result of the Glasnevin campus merging with All Hallows and St. Patrick’s. 17,000 students now attend the university.

Orla Dwyer

Image Credit: DCU