The Innovation Academy’s mission is to provide a transformational education experience for the betterment of society and the economy. We shape creative minds capable of launching new ventures.
At UCD Innovation Academy we offer you a transformative educational experience no matter what level, discipline or industry you work in.
The members of our International Advisory Board combine leaders of industry and entrepreneurial education in Ireland and internationally. Chaired by Raomal Perera (Entrepreneur and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD), the board includes Gay Haskin (Former Dean of Executive Education and CEO of the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford), Colm Lyon (Founder and CEO of Fire Financial Services Founder and former CEO of Realex Payments), Datin Dr. Syahira Hamidon (Head of the Entrepreneurship Unit, Ministry of Education, Malaysia) and Professor Richard Templer (Director of Innovation at the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London)
Our courses are validated by a leading Cambridge University Academic: Professor Sir Mark Welland, Deputy Vice Provost, University of Cambridge is the external examiner for UCD Innovation Academy.
UCD Innovation Academy is located in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science at the centre of the University College Dublin campus in Belfield. Our facility includes flexible learning spaces, a prototyping lab, and collaborative workspaces. Students at the innovation academy have the ability to get ‘hands-on’ with emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality, 3-D Printing and Robotics to build and apply their digital skills.
At UCD Innovation Academy we ground our learning in real-world applications. Students work on real-world challenges for organisations, prototyping and pitching real-world solutions.
We also design and facilitate bespoke workshops, hackathons and multi-day innovation development programmes for organisations across sectors and industries.
UCD Innovation Academy is the focal point of an international learning community. We bring together key influencers and decision makers with educators and our students to reimagine education. We celebrate the many successes of our Alumni and share this impact through the media.
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At UCD Innovation Academy we take a highly action-oriented approach to teaching and learning. All of our teaching is grounded in academic rigour but our focus is on the practical application of this in a real-world context. We work with over 1,000 learners each year from UCD Undergraduates to PhD students and professionals from Industry across all sectors.