Maynooth University Strategic Plan 2012-2017 

Minister Ruairi Quinn with Professor Philip Nolan - Maynooth University

The Strategic Plan sets out the direction of the University and its contribution to education and research until 2017 and focuses on key areas such as a radical enhancement of undergraduate education, developing centres of excellence for research, doubling international student mobility and collaborating with other institutions domestically and internationally.


Key initiatives under the Strategic Plan include:

  • Developing a radically different model of undergraduate education:
    • Developing new subject combinations across the sciences, social sciences and humanities to prepare graduates for emerging roles in the economy and society
    • Ensuring students are highly competent in their own subject areas, but also giving students structured opportunities to broaden their education so they can appreciate different perspectives and operate in interdisciplinary teams
    • A strong emphasis on the important intellectual skills of reflection, analysis, critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Developing centres of excellence in key areas of research
    • Building on the University’s existing research strengths to create centres of excellence in information and communications technology, biochemical sciences, social and spatial analysis, digital humanities, and innovation
    • Implementing strategic measures to attract the best researchers and scholars
    • Ensuring that the benefits of university research flow to the economy and society, building on the University’s strong record of commercialisation
  • Further internationalising the university
    • Doubling international student mobility, the number of international students attending Maynooth and the number of Maynooth students with an international experience as part of their degree
    • Creating a vibrant multi-cultural multi-lingual environment that will prepare graduates to work across boundaries, across borders, across cultures
  • Increased collaboration with other institutions
    • The consolidation of Froebel College of Education to Maynooth University, the 3U Partnership with DCU and RCSI, and the recently announced partnership with Athlone Institute of Technology.

  Maynooth University Strategic Plan 2012 - 2017
  Ollscoil na hÉireann Má Nuad Plean Straitéiseach 2012–2017

Photo caption: Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn and Professor Philip Nolan, President,  Maynooth University, at the launch of the University’s Strategic Plan 2012-17.