UCD has officially announced that the extension to the Quinn Business School will be called the UCD Moore Centre for Business. The new Centre, priced at €20 million, will include ‘a 320 seat lecture theatre, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub, Media Suite, Skills Quarter Support Area, and THINK Lab.’ The new building is set to open in September 2019.
This project is a key part of UCD’s Strategic Campus Development Plan that has set development goals for the construction and refurbishment of campus to reach by the years 2121 and 2126. UCD also hopes that the addition of new learning space to the business building will benefit the College’s aim of reaching the top 50 best business schools in international rankings by next year.
Previously referred to as the Centre for Future Learning, this new building project is now named the UCD Moore Centre for Business. The building is dedicated to the late George Moore by his wife Angela. Moore was a UCD alumnus ‘a passionate advocate for excellence in business education, initiated the ambitious concept’. He was a foundational player in beginnings of the data analytics industry and his legacy will now live on in this building. George and Angela previously gave a gift of €3.5 million to the establishment of the Science Centre.
Dean of the College of Business, Professor Anthony Brabazon, has emphasised how the new centre will benefit students, ‘The UCD Moore Centre for Business will allow current and future students to learn in an environment that celebrates innovation, creativity and adaptability – characteristics we know to be valued in the workforce and society as we face bold and audacious global challenges.’
Dr Maeve Houlihan, Associate Dean of the UCD College of Business and Director of UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business added these remarks, ‘Through this extraordinary initiative, faculty and staff can now meet our students where, and how, they learn best as we transform the traditional classroom. This is about students, about business, about society and about changing the way we live and work. This is the future of business education.’
By Muireann O’Shea – CoEditor