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Five Year Partnership Between Trinity College Dublin and Singapore Institute of Technology Celebrated

Posted on 10 March 2017

The Irish Embassy in Singapore yesterday hosted a celebration to mark five years of the partnership between Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).

Almost 500 students have graduated from the programmes under the partnership and graduates from these programmes are now making significant contributions to the healthcare system in Singapore through the development and evaluation of pioneering services in areas of allied health.

The partnership includes 4 one year programmes in the disciplines of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, diagnostic radiography and radiation therapy, and a new joint degree in physiotherapy which commenced at the beginning of this academic year.

Despite being so far apart geographically and an 8 hours time difference, Trinity and SIT quickly realised their areas of common interest: striving for excellence in both health and educational systems and developing services for an ageing population with demands of chronic disease, the need to build primary care services and an increase in the demand for radiographers and radiation therapists.

Professor Juliette Hussey, Trinity’s Vice President for Global Relations, thanked SIT for their commitment to the partnership and academic colleagues in both institutions for their wonderful work.  She also thanked the hospital managers for their support and encouragement and most importantly the students for their belief in the programmes.
The reputation of Trinity in South East Asia, where there has been a long history of medical education, has been strengthened by the partnership. Professor Hussey acknowledged the work of Stanley Quek and the Singapore Ireland Funds which have supported a number of students for the Overseas Immersion Programme where students come to Trinity for six weeks.

Professor Hussey thanked colleagues from TCD including Ian Mathews and Paul Coote in the Financial Services Division, Professor Paul Browne, SIT TCD academic director Dr John Gormley and the many academic colleagues who teach on the one year programmes including –Faith Munick, Ruth Usher, Dr E. Stokes and Dr D. Connolly who were at the celebration.

Professor Hussey made particular reference to the support of the Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast who was Vice Provost at the time of the initial discussions and who provided encouragement, support and guidance throughout the process of developing the partnership and who continues to do so as Provost.
Professor Hussey, also thanked the Charge d’Affaires, Ross Church, the Ambassador and all the staff in the embassy for their constant support of Trinity’s engagement in Singapore.