Emerald unveils Irish university pathway

03 June, 2014


Ireland-based provider Emerald Cultural Institute (ECI) has announced a strategic partnership to deliver the 3U Pathway University Foundation Programme, preparing international students for university study at Dublin City University (DCU) and the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUI Maynooth).

Photo: At the official launch ceremony, left to right: Mauro Biondi, CEO of ECI; CEO of the Royal College of Surgeons, Professor Cathal Kelly; Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn; President of DCU Professor, Brian Mac Craith; and President NUI Maynooth, Professor Philip Nolan.


With the first intake of international students due from September, the 3U University Foundation Programme is designed to offer a vital bridge between the education students have already received in their home countries and the requirements needed to study in two of Ireland’s top universities.

The 3U Partnership is a newly formed alliance comprising DCU and NUI Maynooth as well as the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The three institutions have committed to work together on shared initiatives to deliver world-class education and research opportunities.

Professor Philip Nolan, President of NUI Maynooth said, “3U Partnership’s choice of Emerald Cultural Institute as its chosen English language provider is indicative of all three institutions’ commitment to quality, collaboration, creativity and innovation in promoting Ireland as an education destination abroad. 3U Partnership has a truly global perspective. I believe that, through initiatives such as 3U Pathway University Foundation Programme, we can provide our international students with far-reaching opportunities and help to ensure all three universities’ growth in the future.”

Director of 3U Partnership, Dr Ruth Davis, said, “We are excited by our relationship with ECI, an excellent educational provider which shares our values in delivering quality courses to international students. The time is right for us to extend our global reach. We are confident that international students can make the most of their studies both at DCU and NUI Maynooth. Dublin is a deeply multicultural place to live with all the right credentials to host international students from anywhere in world, and we are looking forward to introducing students to this very special city.”

CEO of ECI, Mauro Biondi, said, “Emerald Cultural Institute is delighted to have entered into this relationship with 3U Partnership. We are extremely impressed by the innovative, committed and forward-thinking approach that all three institutions bring to international diversity, and we are excited by the prospect of developing the 3U Pathway University Foundation Programme into one of the most outstanding and quality-focused pathway programmes in Ireland.”

The foundation programme was formally unveiled at a ceremony last week at ECI’s Milltown Park campus, which opened earlier this year.

Formerly the home of Trinity College’s Irish School of Ecunemics and set in large grounds in the Ranelagh neighbourhood of Dublin, the campus features 30 classrooms as well as dedicated executive suites, a self-access library, a reading room and study space, student lounge areas, a fully serviced canteen and a Nespresso coffee bar.

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