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Welcoming Trinity-Columbia Dual BA Students

26th November 2018

Trinity academics and staff, together with their counterparts from Columbia University in the City of New York, were delighted to welcome the first cohort of the Dual BA Programme to Trinity's campus at the beginning of the 2018/2019 academic year. The Dual BA is a major innovation in Trinity's approach to undergraduate teaching and learning. This flagship teaching collaboration offers students a unique undergraduate educational experience in a programme that fuses the distinctive strengths of two world-class institutions. When welcoming the first programme participants to Trinity at an Orientation event in Regent House in September, Professor Darryl Jones, Trinity's Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, described the first cohort as 'pioneers' embarking on a new educational adventure.

Students on the Dual BA are admitted to one of four Trinity degrees in either English Studies, European Studies, History, or Middle Eastern & European Languages and Cultures. Programme participants engage deeply with their chosen academic subject from the outset of their time in Dublin. After two years at Trinity, they transition to Columbia, where they benefit from the breadth of the US curricular model, taking classes from the Columbia Core curriculum. Students are full members of both university communities throughout the four years of the programme and graduate from both institutions: they receive a Trinity degree in their programme of entry and are awarded a Columbia degree in their declared major field after meeting the required credits at Columbia.

The programme has seen great interest domestically and internationally and the inaugural cohort comes not just from Ireland, the EU, and the USA, but also from Canada, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Russia, Turkey, and beyond. Formal launch events for the degree have taken place in New York in the Spring, in Bangkok in September, in Beijing in October, and in Mumbai in November, and have been very well attended both in person and virtually – the Chinese launch event in October held at Columbia's Global Centre in Beijing, was livestreamed to an audience of more than 80,000 viewers. Closer to home, there was excellent interest in the Dual BA Programme at Trinity's Open Day on November 10th, with lots of requests for information coming from Irish students, from applicants from the UK and from many EU countries. The information stand in the Dining Hall was busy all day and there were packed auditoria for presentations on the unique qualities of the Dual BA, given by the course director for the Dual BA, Professor Zuleika Rodgers of Near & Middle Eastern Studies, and by Columbia's Associate Dean for International Programs and Special Projects, Jessica Sarles-Dinsick. Applications for next year's cohort close on January 2nd 2019, and we are very excited to see where 2019 takes us.