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Trinity and Marino Institute of Education sign strategic partnership to provide a new International Foundation Programme


Posted on 18 May 2016

Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College Dublin and Dr Anne O’Gara, President of Marino Institute of Education signed a new strategic partnership this week that will provide for a pre-undergraduate International Foundation Programme that will commence in September 2016.
There has been a growing demand from international students to study undergraduate programmes at Trinity in recent years and the International Foundation Programme will broaden access for students from a wide variety of countries. Marino Institute of Education is an associated college of Trinity College Dublin and the International Foundation Programme builds on this strong existing relationship. The programme which will be delivered in Marino Institute of Education has been developed by Trinity and will continue to be guided by both staff at Trinity  and the Marino Institute of Education. The new programme will be overseen by the Associated Colleges Degrees Committee (ACDC) in terms of academic quality and validated by Trinity College Dublin.
Professor Juliette Hussey, Vice President for Global Relations at Trinity College Dublin, commented: “We are delighted that the International Foundation Programme will be delivered by our partner in the Marino Institute of Education. The programme will increase opportunities for access and participation for international students. It will assist in the building of Trinity’s global community in terms of our strategic goal of increasing the number of students enrolled from outside the EU.
The Trinity International Foundation Programme is aimed at students who have the drive, ambition and ability to attend a world-class educational institution, but whose secondary school leaving qualification does not allow them to qualify for direct admission into Trinity undergraduate programmes.  It is a one year full time pre-undergraduate programme which aims to equip future undergraduates with the appropriate English language, Mathematics and discipline specific academic and learning skills to prepare them to undertake full-time undergraduate studies at Trinity. It will develop in students the ability to think critically, express viewpoints, debate and problem-solve effectively within the learning environment. It will also encourage students to become independent in their learning and prepare them for undergraduate study.
The programme consists of core modules of English for Academic Purposes and Mathematics as well as subject specific modules in two proposed main streams, namely Engineering & Science related disciplines and Business, Economics & Social Sciences which will be pathways to a range of undergraduate programmes at Trinity.