MoU between UCD and Loyola College Signed for Establishing a Partnership

By Malavikka

University College Dublin (UCD) and Loyola College, Chennai signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Maurya Hotel in Delhi, India on Monday, 27th March, 2017.

MoU between UCD and Loyola College Signed

Who signed the MoU between UCD and Loyola College?

The MoU between UCD and Loyola College was signed by UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks and by the Principal, Rev. Dr. M. Arockiasamy Xavier, S. J. from Loyola College.This signing ceremony formally acknowledges the commencement of a new University partnership between University College Dublin (UCD) and Loyola College. Head, Department of History Dr. L. Selvanathan and Principal, Rev. Dr. M. Arockiasamy Xavier, S.J. from Loyola College in Chennai, both traveled to Delhi for the signing ceremony.

Significance of the partnership

At the signing event, the significance of this new partnership was discussed by University College Dublin President, Professor Andrew J Deeks, "University College Dublin is pleased to commence a partnership with one of the highest ranked Colleges in south India and we look forward to fostering deeper collaborations in the future".

Speaking at the occasion Rev. Dr. M. Arockiasamy Xavier, S.J., said, "this partnership between UCD and Loyola College represents an extremely promising opportunity as the historic and cultural synergies between the two institutions can lead the way to creating a mutually beneficial partnership in the field of humanities".

Dr. Conor Mulvagh, Lecturer in History at UCD, stated, "the partnership is a major development for UCD College of Arts and Humanities. Loyola College is highly regarded in humanities. There is a close historic link between Chennai and UCD's historic Indian student community began with the first incoming student groups to UCD between the years (1913-16)".

Professor of Modern Irish History, Prof Mary E. Daly and UCD Director for International Affairs, Douglas Proctor, also attended the signing ceremony.

About University College Dublin:

University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland's Global University. It was established in 1854. There are over 30,000 students including 6,000 international students from 127 countries studying in UCD. A public, government-funded institution UCD receives the highest levels of research funding in the country and is ranked within the top 1% of world universities.

About Loyola College

Loyola College is one of the most prestigious colleges in India. Loyola College is a catholic minority Institution and was founded by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1925. It started functioning in July 1925 with just 75 students on the rolls in three undergraduate courses of Mathematics, History, and Economics. Loyola College, though affiliated to University of Madras, became autonomous in July 1978.

Today, there are 19 P.G courses and 19 U.G courses (Arts, Sciences, and Commerce) and 12 special Institutes offering various programs to 12,107 students. 11 departments are offering M.Phil. programmes and 12 departments offer Ph.D. programs. At present, 117 teaching staff members out of 286 hold doctoral degree. There are 182 non-teaching staff in service.

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