Communiversity - free university course at your library

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StudyingOn Thursday 29th June 2017 the participants of the Communiversity  programme took a trip out to the University of Ireland at Maynooth to receive their well earned certificates in the august surrounds of Renehan Hall.

The Communiversity initiative is a free university course held locally in libraries. The Dublin City Public Libraries branches of Coolock, Ballyfermot, Dolphin’s Barn and Walkinstown facilitated an ever expanding programme. The day in Maynooth brought together friends, family, tutors and administrators to celebrate the success of this brilliant initiative.

This year Communiversity brought a wide range of academic subjects and disciplines into local communities which were delivered through partnership with Maynooth University, Dublin Public Libraries and the Local Area Partnership Companies.

Communiversity Class of 2017

Communiversity class of 2017 at Maynooth University (click to enlarge)

Besides the familiar modules in Local History, Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Psychology participants also got the chance to experience and enjoy modules in Chinese Studies and Media Studies.

Dr. Derek Barter Continuing Education Co-Ordinator in the Dept. of Adult and Community Education (DACE) Maynooth University and Rose Ryan Director of Access Maynooth spoke passionately about the true value of the course, the brilliance of the lecturers and their wish to encourage all to build on this golden moment of success by persisting with further and continued education.

The course runs over 17 weeks and consists of 4 modules of 4 weeks duration each, one morning per week, 2.5 hours per session. The course is discussion led with no exams or essays.  Curiosity and willingness to learn are all that’s needed to apply for this high quality programme which is delivered by the Local Partnerships in concert with Maynooth and the libraries.

A number of participants including John Carew of the Coolock group spoke eloquently; providing testimony to how the course turned a light on, created friends and fostered affection for the host libraries. After the award ceremony a informative tour of the wonderful chapel and University grounds followed.

This year's Communiversity once again has proved it's worth as a valuable, inclusive and worthwhile educational movement. 

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Paul Daly


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