Students at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Medicine (Sydney) now have the chance to work with some of the best doctors, researchers and academics at one of the world’s most famous schools of medicine following the historic signing of an international strategic alliance.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed last month by Sydney’s School of Medicine, and the School of Medicine at Ireland’s top-ranking university, Trinity College Dublin, will support the exchange of students on clinical electives and boost research opportunities through the joint application of grants and co-supervision of research projects. It also offers an exciting opportunity for both universities to raise awareness and share their schools high-quality education and research offerings on the world stage.
The three-year agreement aims to advance world-class medical education and benefit students and academics from both medical schools. It establishes a co-operative relationship between the schools and features a range of other collaborative initiatives including the development of an elective clinical placement student exchange program, opportunities for academic staff exchange and development of joint research projects and the sharing of resources and information on innovations in the medical education space. Planning is already underway for research collaborations and reciprocal academic visits.
The MOU was signed by Professor Christine Bennett AO, Dean of Notre Dame’s School of Medicine (Sydney), and Professor Michael Gill, Trinity College’s Head of School of Medicine, at a reception hosted by the Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Richard Andrews.
In announcing this new alliance Professor Bennett said, “At Notre Dame we recognise the value of developing strong and enduring relationships at an international level in medical teaching, research and scholarship. This exciting MoU with the historic, world renowned medical school at Trinity College Dublin draws on Australia’s strong ties to Ireland and will benefit our students, research and mutual academic endeavours.”
Established more than 400 years ago, Trinity College has a long tradition of scholarship and is well known internationally for its focus on research and academic excellence. The prestigious institution has hosted the likes of Oscar Wilde, the first female president of Ireland Mary Robinson and Nobel laureate Ernest Walton.
Photo: (L-R) Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Richard Andrews, Professor Christine Bennett AO, Dean of Notre Dame’s School of Medicine (Sydney), and Professor Michael Gill, Trinity College’s Head of School of Medicine.