UCD upgrade Ag courses

Caitriona Murphy

Agriculture is set for a major promotion under new restructuring proposals in University College Dublin.

The School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine in UCD could be upgraded to college status within the university structure, according to the new plans.

Agriculture, food science and veterinary courses are currently part of the College of Life Sciences, a huge college that encompasses everything from science courses to medicine, nursing, physiotherapy and public health.


Under the new proposals, agriculture, food science and veterinary medicine would become a college in its own right. The new college would then be split into a school of agriculture and food -- and a school of veterinary medicine.

A spokesman for UCD described the move as very positive for agriculture because it would increase the school's visibility.

"Agriculture would become one of only seven colleges in UCD," he explained.

He added that the formation of the new college was prompted by the economic importance nationally and internationally of the discipline.

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It remains unclear whether the promotion of agriculture to college level will result in extra student places or additional funding.

The restructuring process is expected to take place in 2011.

Irish Independent

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