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Strategic Plan 2012-2017

DCU sets out its vision as the University of Enterprise

Minister for Education & Skills, Mr Ruairí Quinn TD launched Dublin City University’s new Strategic Plan 2012-2017, Transforming Lives and Societies, on 20th September 2012.

Download the DCU Strategic Plan 2012-2017 here

The new Strategic Plan outlines specific activities to achieve the following objectives: 

  • Preparing students for success in life, especially in the workplace; equipping them to navigate an increasingly knowledge-based workplace.
  • Implement DCU’s vision of a University of Enterprise, setting it apart in the Irish Higher Education landscape - instilling enterprising and innovative student mindsets, and deep engagement with all forms of enterprise including social, cultural and commercial. 
  • Translation of knowledge arising from research into societal and economic benefits through a highly research-active university community; the integration of innovation and creativity; a research agenda that is aligned with, and prioritises societal and economic challenges and needs
  • Active engagement with Dublin city as a key contributor in the areas of innovation and sustainability; to the north Dublin neighbourhood in the development of local social and economic fabric; with the Eastern corridor in the creation of an island economy; with international and global partners 

Launching DCU’s Strategic Plan, the first to be produced by any Irish university since the publication of the Hunt Report, Minister Quinn said,

“I have every confidence that DCU will achieve the aspirations laid out in their Plan, which so strongly echo my own ambitions for the kind of outward facing system recommended by the National Strategy for Higher Education.  I know that the leadership of this university and its strong, committed staff, both academic and non-academic, and its vibrant student body combine to form a significant force for change both within these walls and outwards into wider society".