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How MU’s €2.8M grant will benefit international students

International students will benefit from a number of high-impact innovation projects that Maynooth University is developing to transform student experiences, build competitiveness and deliver value for the education sector after the university has received a €2.8M grant from the Innovation and Transformation Program 2018.
Maynooth University has developed a range of new, future-oriented programs for undergraduate and postgraduate students to prepare them for the global workplace. According to Prof Philip Nolan, university president, the grant will fund innovative approaches to teaching and learning and help students build the skills they need for the workplace of the future. “These awards allow us to take these to a new level,” he says.  “More importantly,” he adds, “many of our ideas can be rolled out nationally for the benefit of students. The benefits for jobs and our economy are significant.”
Among the ongoing programs which will be developed further are:

  1. Future Ready, a program pioneered in 2015 to increase employability through the groundbreaking innovations in the undergraduate curriculum whereby students have been able to select subjects across different disciplines and avail of a critical thinking module to increase their future adaptability

  2. Mi-Lab – the Maynooth University Innovation Lab, which will highlight Maynooth’s unique expertise to apply design thinking to current problems and issues in the education sector to improve pathways and outcomes for postgraduate students

  3. Enhancement of supports for students in computer technology and mathematics which harness the university’s international leadership role in mathematics and information and communications technology fields

  4. Enabling Change, a project of Irish Universities Association (where Maynooth is a member), which will enhance the digital capacity in teaching and learning at Irish universities

EduCo Ireland Managing Director Jacob Kestner welcomes this new development. “Our international students will have access to all the university’s innovative support services and give them a better chance at succeeding in their future careers especially under the mentorship of the best academic minds in the education sector,” he says.

“We have at Maynooth some of the most innovative and creative academic minds in the country.  These awards signify our ability to deliver innovation and value for society, while at the same time enriching the student learning experience here at Maynooth,” concludes Professor Philip Nolan.