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16 July 2024  

NUI Confers Master of Arts Degrees on Students of Uversity


The NUI Awards Ceremony this year played host to the second conferring of Masters’ degrees on students of Uversity, the newest recognised college of NUI. Eight students were conferred with the Degree of Master of Arts in Creative Process at the ceremony held at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on 9th November 2016.

Speaking at the event, Chancellor of NUI, Dr Maurice Manning congratulated the newest NUI graduates and said that, ‘Since this awards ceremony already brings together all the NUI universities and colleges, we thought that it would provide a useful context for this second Uversity conferring.’ The Chancellor welcomed the representatives of Uversity and its partner institutions to the ceremony, saying that the conferring ‘shows a great idea coming to fruition. Conceived at the Global Economic Forum held in Farmleigh in 2009, the concept of Uversity is a simple one: as a nation, Ireland continues to have international impact in the arts, literature, theatre and other fields of creativity. Why not make the best our universities and other higher education institutions have to offer in these fields available to international students?


The development of the idea has led to a unique partnership involving all the universities on the island, with the Institutes of Technology and other institutions. The institutional structure that gives shape to the partnership is Uversity’.

This year’s graduates, who came to Ireland from different parts of the USA and Brazil to undertake the masters degree programme with Uversity are Ana Levisky, Anna Lívia Marques, Chris Andrae, Dana Rabe, Elliot Rambach, Emily Moe, Julian Santiago and Sam Lai.

Ms Colleen Dube, CEO of Uversity said ‘We are tremendously proud of our 2015/16 MA in Creative Process graduates. Their results are a testament to the creativity and dedication they displayed throughout the year. We hope that the transformational journey they have embarked on with Uversity and in Ireland will continue long after their conferring. As the newest Recognised College of the NUI, it was an honour for Uversity’s conferring to be held during the NUI’s Annual Awards Ceremony. The collaboration is reflective of the new model of education and engagement that is evolving under Uversity.’

Dr Maurice Manning remarked of Uversity ‘It is my earnest hope that the institution will flourish, that it will grow, and that the success of this first programme is just a foretaste of what is to come.’ He concluded by congratulating the graduates of Uversity, saying ‘You have all been highly successful on the MA programme. I feel sure that you will go on from here and do great things.’