First Graduates from the TCD-UCD MDP Program!

First Graduates from the TCD-UCD MDP

On December 7th in the Exam Hall in Trinity College Dublin, twenty students from the Masters in Development Practice graduated with the first ever joint degree between University of Dublin, Trinity College and the National University of Ireland, University College Dublin. The chancellor of the University of Dublin, Dr. Mary Robinson, presented the parchment to the students. Dr. Mary Robinson had given lectures to the class during the course of two years of intensive coursework and internships.

The TCD-UCD MDP is part of a Global Association of MDP programs worldwide. The Global MDP Association is headquartered in the Earth Institute in Columbia University in New York.

Both Professor Padraig Comardy of TCD and Professor Patrick Paul Walsh of UCD are delighted to have brought, for the first time, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation funding to Ireland for the MDP start-up. They are also very proud of the first cohort of TCD-UCD MDP students making a little bit of history for Universities born from Catholic and Protestant traditions.