Trinity signs 'Brexit-proof deal' to link up with UK university
Trinity College Dublin and the University of Birmingham have signed a formal partnership designed to help Brexit-proof the two universities when Britain departs the UK.
The nature of the agreement is unusual on these islands, as membership of the EU has provided the infrastructure for the collaboration involved.
But notwithstanding inter-governmental commitments to protect education, the UK's withdrawal from the EU will present unknown challenges about the maintenance of relationships.
The partnership aims to mitigate the effects of Brexit by strengthening academic links, enhancing collaborative research and providing for free movement of students and researchers between the two universities.
The University of Birmingham is one of the UK's largest and ranks higher than Trinity in global university rankings.
Trinity Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast and University of Birmingham vice chancellor Professor David Eastwood signed a memorandum of understanding at a ceremony in Dublin, which was also attend by UK Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett, a former student of Birmingham.
Dr Prendergast said it was a critical time for both countries and he looked forward to strengthening research links and building exchange programmes.