Welcome to the Provost’s Council, which brings together leading alumni and friends. We are immensely excited by the potential of the Council to help shape Trinity’s future.
Trinity, along with other leading universities today, faces particular challenges in its mission to deliver a world-class education and undertake research that has a global impact. How higher education is supported and funded is changing, and in Ireland today, as elsewhere in the world, the state alone cannot meet a leading university’s needs.
We need to find ground-breaking and innovative solutions if we are to continue to meet our students’ needs and to deliver the research and innovation that drive growth and competitiveness. Drawing on the talent and inspiration of this Council, we will find such solutions.
Ireland is a small country but its creative and intellectual impact is felt around the world. We are living in uncertain times and today more than ever, we understand the importance of growing knowledge. To harness that knowledge and use it for the collective good, Ireland needs a great university to rival the world’s best. Trinity, so decisive in building Ireland’s reputation over the centuries, is that university.
Looking back at Trinity’s stunning successes across the last 425 years, we have the people, the track record, the campus, the reach, and the determination to succeed in Trinity’s first College-wide fundraising campaign.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for committing to support Trinity and I look forward to working together.
Provost’s Council Inaugural Meeting, September 2016