July 4, 2019

Al-Maktoum College launches Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Trinity College Dublin

Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education has formed a partnership with Trinity College Dublin to launch a Centre for Middle Eastern Studies.

This new centre – which is called the Al-Maktoum Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Trinity College Dublin – will be part of Trinity College Dublin’s School of Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and it is intended that its academic activities and collaborations will be university-wide.  

Speaking about this exciting new partnership, Acting Head of College at Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education, Dr Abi Abubaker, says, “This agreement with Trinity College is of great significance to the Al-Maktoum College and will be of major benefit to students seeking to undertake Middle Eastern Studies. It not only validates the quality of programs we now offer but also, importantly, provides a first step towards an even closer and long-lasting academic collaboration between us and Trinity College.”

President and Provost of Trinity College, Dr Patrick Prendergast, explains, "This generous gift from the Al-Maktoum Foundation comes at a vital moment in the history of Trinity College’s relationship with the Middle East, its peoples and its cultures.”

While Head of the Discipline of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Trinity College, Professor Anne Fitzpatrick, comments, "It is a great honour for Trinity to be the recipient of this level of support. The opportunity it will provide to generations of students will no doubt contribute to greater understanding and fruitful relations as students graduate as global citizens and move on with their lives into careers where they can truly have an impact in shaping a peaceful and harmonious future."

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Al-Maktoum College and of the Al-Maktoum Foundation, Mirza Al Sayegh, adds, "We are very proud to support this initiative and with the association with Trinity College Dublin, with its global reputation for excellence in research and education. It continues a long commitment of the Maktoum family’s investment in both education and in Ireland.”.

Trinity College Dublin is one of Ireland’s top universities and has a long-held interest in the Middle East that goes back for over 250 years. The most recent development is the launch of a Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures degree in 2017. The Al-Maktoum Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Trinity College Dublin is expected to make a major contribution to the development of Middle Eastern Studies in Ireland.

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Content added on 4th July 2019. 

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