Over the last few months I have been involved with some colleagues and external investors in setting up a Campus Company. This company , http://www.ussher.ie, is part owned by me, part by TCD and part by others. It will deliver high end executive education, non certified short courses and postgraduate summer schools.
Such executive education initiatives are not by any means unusual in other leading universities, and we felt that there was an opportunity and gap here which we will endeavour to fill and service. It’s been a most exciting and humbling journey so far, which has given me a MUCH better grasp of what it is to be a business person in today’s Ireland.
I am still going to be Professor Lucey…the whole point of campus companies is to encourage academics to become entrepreneurs, to commercialise know how and know what, to open colleges up to business and vice versa. I hope and believe that the company will do well, but in any case it will be interesting to not just talk the talk but to walk the walk.