€300m UCD centre leads the way
UCD has opened the second phase of a €300m science centre that, when completed, will represent the largest single investment in science in the history of the State.
The UCD O'Brien Centre for Science has transformed science infrastructure at Ireland's largest university and has become home to more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students and many more researchers over a range of scientific disciplines.
The project has been jointly funded by the State, through the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions, private philanthropy and the university itself.
UCD paid tribute to the "extraordinary philanthropy" of business leaders whose personal donations had played a "great part" in realising the ambition to open a centre on such a scale.
The private benefactors are Denis and Catherine O'Brien; George and Angela Moore; Eddie and Hildegarde O'Connor; Thomas and Deirdre Lynch; Dr Cormac and Anne Kilty; Jim and Mary Flavin; and Shay Garvey.
UCD's corporate partners Elan, Tullow Oil, Accenture, AOL, Glanbia, ICON, Intel and A Menarini, have also made contributions.
The second phase, officially opened yesterday by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, provides a facility stretching to in excess of 38,000sqm of new and refurbished accommodation at an overall cost of almost €175m.
The third phase, which will complete the suite of facilities for the sciences at UCD, is in the planning stage.