TRINITY College Dublin plans to open a €70m new business school with an innovation and entrepreneurship hub. The country's oldest university said it wanted to create a culture of job creation across the campus and in the capital.
Rival UCD is already well-known for its business credentials through the UCD Smurfit School, but Trinity has struggled in the past to make the same impact on the business world.
Trinity Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast said yesterday's announcement demonstrated the university's commitment to investing in innovation and entrepreneurship.
"We want the message to go out to students in Ireland and globally that Trinity is a university that educates and motivates students to create jobs, as well as to get them,'' said Dr Prendergast.
"Working together, higher education institutions and government can create the environment that draws the research and enterprise communities into partnerships, promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and new business creation," he said.
It is expected that the sod on the new business school (pictured above) will be turned next summer, with completion expected in 2017.
The announcement was made at the Trinity Global Graduate Forum, which drew over 100 of the university's alumni from across the world.
The proposed new development, spanning some 13,000 square metres with six storeys above ground and three below, will include a 600-seat auditorium, restaurants, 'smart' classrooms with the latest digital technology and a rooftop conference room. Colm Kelpie