Last modified: Monday, December 10, 2012
Indiana University, Trinity College Dublin establish cooperation agreement
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Dec. 10, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University and Trinity College Dublin have established an agreement calling for student and faculty exchanges and other cooperative efforts to promote learning and scholarship. The IU Maurer School of Law and the Trinity College Dublin School of Law will be the first of the universities' schools to implement the partnership.
Documents sealing the agreements were signed Dec. 7 in Dublin by IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel and IU Maurer School of Law Interim Dean Hannah L. Buxbaum, along with officials of Trinity College Dublin and its School of Law.
"Trinity is a storied and ancient university that has built an exceptional modern reputation," Robel said. "This agreement establishes a formal IU academic presence with an excellent partner in Ireland, beginning with the Maurer School of Law. We anticipate creating exciting opportunities for IU faculty and students with several of Trinity's programs. This new partnership adds to IU's outstanding ability to serve as a global gateway for its students."
During her visit, Robel also met with Ireland's president, IU alumnus Michael D. Higgins, who received a Master of Arts in sociology from IU Bloomington in 1967.
Indiana University and Trinity College Dublin established an agreement of friendship and cooperation, stating their intention to work together "for the purpose of promoting mutual understanding and academic, cultural and personnel exchange." At the same time, officials signed an implementation plan that spells out specific plans for collaboration between the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington and the Trinity College Dublin School of Law.
"Trinity College Dublin is one of Europe's premier English-language law schools," said David Zaret, IU vice president for international affairs. "A partnership will offer students and faculty important, new international opportunities for significant overseas experience."
For the Maurer School, the relationship strengthens its presence in the critical region of Europe at a time when it has also been developing international ties in Asia and South America. It is the Maurer School's only current relationship in England or Ireland.
"We are delighted to enter into this relationship with Trinity College," Buxbaum said. "The opportunity for student exchanges and joint faculty collaboration fits perfectly with the Maurer School of Law's emphasis on preparing students for success in today's global society."
Trinity College Dublin School of Law is Ireland's oldest and most prestigious law school, with distinguished professors and lecturers who are leading experts in their fields and a high-caliber population of about 680 students. In the European model, it offers undergraduate and graduate programs, including Master in Laws degrees in several international law specialties. It is on the historic campus of Trinity College Dublin near the courts and the Irish parliament.
Maurer students have studied at the school in the past through a University of San Diego summer program, and Neville Cox, associate professor and director of postgraduate teaching and learning at Trinity College Dublin, has taught at the Maurer School.
Under the implementation plan, the schools will establish a student exchange program in which four Maurer students will take classes at Trinity and four Trinity students will study at Maurer each year. The schools will collaborate on the offering of joint classes and student projects via distance education. Faculty from one institution may conduct research or serve as visiting scholars at the other. In the future, Trinity professors may be invited to teach at Maurer and Maurer professors to teach at Trinity.
The IU Maurer School of Law also has current agreements of cooperation with Warsaw University in Poland; ESADE Law and Business School in Spain; Bucerius Law School in Germany; Université Panthéon-Assas, or Paris II, in France; the University of Auckland in New Zealand; Jindal Global Law School in India; FGV Direito Rio in Brazil; and China University of Political Science and Law, Peking University School of Transnational Law, Zhejiang University and the University of Hong Kong in China. Indiana University has cooperative agreements with more than 200 universities around the world.