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Trinity Strengthens Partnership with University of Massachusetts

Posted on 10 June 2015

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During a recent visit to the United States, Dr Patrick Prendergast, the President and Provost of Trinity College Dublin, announced a strengthened partnership between Trinity and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

“We are delighted to be in Boston, where we have such strong connections with the Irish community and our own alumni living here. It is also an opportunity to strengthen our educational links with universities in the US,” said Dr Prendergast, Trinity College Dublin President.

Trinity College’s School of Medicine has signed a strategic partnership with the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, allowing for medical student exchanges, postdoctoral fellow training in biomedical research, as well as the development of collaborative research and education initiatives.

Speaking on the significance of the agreement, UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, said: “As the Commonwealth’s only public medical school, UMass Medical School actively seeks out international partners that can enhance our educational offerings, enrich our research programs and elevate our global profile. Our partnership with Trinity best exemplifies the type of academic partnerships we hope to enter into, and we very much look forward to a long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationship.”

This new strategic partnership agreement builds on Trinity’s research relationship with UMass Medical School in innate immunity, involving joint research collaborations and joint grants in innate immunity.

Trinity has had a relationship with UMass Medical for more than a decade.   The school also has strong links with Boston College in the arts and humanities, and with Harvard University in engineering.

Trinity College Dublin is a top destination for American students, and runs a highly successful Study Abroad program, with hundreds of students from North America attending Trinity each year. Specific to the US, Trinity also has exchange partners with a reciprocal relationship, so Trinity students have the opportunity  to study abroad at these top universities.  In Massachusetts, they include the University of Massachusetts Amherst, one of our oldest exchange partners, and Boston College.  Elsewhere in the US, Trinity exchanges with the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and many of the universities in the University of California system, including UCLA and Berkeley. It also includes the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Georgetown University, Barnard College and the University of Notre Dame.

“Trinity has had a long history of receiving students from top institutions across the US. Ireland is the ninth highest receiver of American study abroad students in the world, with growth in demand outpacing many other European destinations. While the appeal for some is linked to their Irish heritage, for most of our international students, the motivation to study at Trinity is rooted in a spirit of adventure and a desire for a truly international education at a world class University. This steady stream of excellent students from the US over the years has been helped also by our US alumni network which is very well established, active and loyal,” said Dr Prendergast.

Demand for postgraduate study among American students at Trinity is very strong, particularly in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Through working with scholarship programs such as the Fulbright and Mitchell Scholarships, Trinity welcomes the best and brightest of US graduates to our Masters programs.  By continuing to develop these excellent connections, Trinity faculty and students also gain invaluable exposure to many of the top institutions in the world. Trinity graduates go on to complete postgraduate study at top US institutions such as MIT and Harvard.