Limerick Colleges launch joint Liberal Arts Programme.
Dr. Eugene Wall. Vice-President Mary Immaculate College, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr. Kieran OÕHanlon and Prof Don Barry, President University of Limerick at the launch in the council chamber of the Limerick City and County Council, Dooradoyle. Picture: Sean Curtin/True Media.
Significant Milestone in the Provision of Third Level Education in Ireland as Limerick Colleges launch joint Liberal Arts Programme.
Monday, 5 December marked a significant milestone in the provision of third level education in Limerick, and indeed Ireland, as Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr. Kieran O’Hanlon, officially launched a Liberal Arts programme, to be jointly offered by the University of Limerick (UL) and Mary Immaculate College (MIC).
UL and MIC have been offering successful BA programmes for decades, but this ambitious, far-reaching project will offer students a wider range of choices making it the largest jointly delivered programme in Ireland. From September 2017 up to 700 students will enrol in an enhanced liberal arts programme, with an offering of nineteen different subjects, allowing students a combination of more than 150 pathways.
Launching the programme Cllr. Kieran O’Hanlon congratulated both institutions on three years of combined efforts to reach this stage: “This joint offering makes Limerick the place where students will find an Arts and Social Sciences programme that is tailored to their specific needs, one that offers them the most exciting content, and which is taught in ways that empower them”.
“The programme, which has been three years in the making, is a major step in building Limerick as one of Europe’s cultural capitals,” he said.
According to Professor Michael Breen, Dean of Arts, MIC, “This enhanced BA draws on what is unique to each campus, allowing us together to provide a rich Arts programme without sacrificing our individual identities. This venture will offer BA applicants a wider palette of disciplines and possibilities than has been available in the past on either campus alone”.
Also speaking at the event was Professor Don Barry, President of UL who said: “In broadening the learning landscape for our students we are opening up pathways to even more individually-tailored programmes that will lead students to knowledge, scholarship, research and career options that will be unrivalled in the sector. The programme has been structured to empower students to make better choices at enrolment and to defer their final decisions about the subject pathways they will take until they are better equipped to make them”.
Concluding he said, “This programme is in alignment with the spirit and principles underpinning the Limerick Charter and it will benefit current and future generations of learners in Limerick, across Ireland and internationally”.
Subjects on offer as part of this new joint BA include Economics, English, French Studies, Gaeilge, Geography, German Advanced/Beginners, History, Irish Music and Dance, Music, Linguistics with TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Mathematics & Computer Studies, Media & Communication Studies, New Media and Cultural Studies, Politics and International Relations, Philosophy, Public Administration and Leadership, Psychology, Spanish Advanced/Beginners, Sociology, Drama &Theatre Studies and Theology & Religious Studies.