New €37m Cork dental school

European investment paves the way for a multi-million euro development programme at UCC

Plans to build a €37 million dental school, research centre and hospital in Cork have been given the green light after University College Cork secured €ı00m in European funding recently.

The university have signed a multi-million euro loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) which will support an ambitious €24ım development plan at the institution.

“This will be the largest investment in capital projects at UCC in our history. The scale and ambition of the infrastructural developments align directly to key focus areas for the future, namely enhancing student experience and building on our innovation and health facilities,” said UCC President Dr Michael Murphy.

“We are investing significantly in student accommodation, student ICT services and a new student hub as well as developing the medical, dental, paediatrics research, clinical health, innovation and research facilities to continue to fuel progress and success in these areas.

“This investment by the EIB will have enormous impact, not only for University College Cork, but for education and research nationally and internationally. The EIB funding is a real expression of confidence and support in UCC, its staff and students and will greatly assist the university in further improving its teaching and research facilities.”

The relocation of the Cork University Dental School, research centre and hospital is one of the biggest developments alongside a new Clinical Medical School and research facility. The development plan will also see €60m invested in student accommodation as well as several million on a new student hub and student services.

The development programme is valued at €241m, with EIB providing €100m, and further funding through capital grants, borrowings and philanthropy.

Published: 27 February, 2017 at 13:53