UCD -- Kieran McGowan, UCD's new chairman, wants to stoke the development of human capital in Ireland's knowledge economy by semesterising the University College Dublin no later than September 2005. This should be a mandate for all third level institutions in Ireland. Semesterisation revolves around modular courses. The more the modules are offered, the greater the opportunity to cross-feed across modules. Students in one degree programme could dive into modules offered in another track. This would greatly enhance the well-rounded nature of third level graduates. It would appeal to those who cannot timetable themselves into a full-time programme. It would open up the real possibility of a summer term. These advantages deliver more value for money and suggest why McGowan recognises the immediacy of semesterisation.
Dominic Coyle -- "Ex-IDA man to shake up business at UCD" on the back page of The Irish Times, 30 Jan 04