Inaugural Graduation of Innovation Academy Students
Dublin, 30 April 2013
The weather was perfect for the inaugural graduation of the Innovation Academy Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, which took place on a sunny afternoon in the Clock Tower building of the Department of Education, in central Dublin.
Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Predergast and President of UCD, Dr Hugh Brady awarded the inaugural cohort of fifteen doctoral students with their certificates. To an audience of senior academics, HEA representatives, industry mentors and current doctoral students, Provost and President spoke warmly of the pioneering spirit that had encouraged the two institutions to collaborate on the Innovation Academy programme. They encouraged the graduating class to continue to use the transferable skills gained through the Innovation Academy for the cultural, social and economic benefit of Ireland and beyond.
Speaking of what the Innovation Academy has meant to him, graduate John Gallagher said, “The Academy doesn’t just promote innovation; it really is an innovation in itself. The key is to have an open mind and be willing to take a journey; you’ll learn not just from others, but from yourself too. One more thing I might add is the Innovation Academy isn’t just an education experience – it’s a fun one too!”
The occasion also marked the launch of the partnership between TCD, UCD and Queen’s University, Belfast. The Vice-Chancellor for QUB, Professor Sir Peter Gregson spoke about his eagerness to engage with this all-island initiative for the opportunities it presented to strengthen and build on teaching and research networks and the benefit this inter-institutional approach had for PhD students in the partner institutions.
Following the ceremony, students were rewarded with a wine reception and a chance to celebrate with supervisors, peers and Innovation Academy staff who were thrilled to see the first cohort of pioneering students graduate.