UCD has announced details of Ireland’s first academic Digital Policy Programme, a qualification that will be developed in partnership with senior policy officials in the public sector, industry representatives and with support from Microsoft. The goal of the programme is to build digital policy capability among officials and more widely in Ireland and Europe. To
UCD has announced details of Ireland’s first academic Digital Policy Programme, a qualification that will be developed in partnership with senior policy officials in the public sector, industry representatives and with support from Microsoft. The goal of the programme is to build digital policy capability among officials and more widely in Ireland and Europe. To facilitate the delivery of the programme, the appointment of an Assistant Professor in Digital Policy is planned with a recruitment process commencing this week.
The first of its kind in Ireland, the programme includes Certificate, Diploma and Masters’ level qualifications in Digital Policy Studies. The curriculum supports Ireland’s ambition to become the Digital Leader of Europe by equipping policymakers with the skills and expertise needed to plan for our digital future. Designed and developed in collaboration with lawmakers, non-government organisations (NGOs) and industry, it is anticipated that it will also be of interest to start-ups and SMEs who are operating in a digital environment and recognise that enhanced knowledge of the emerging digital policy landscape will support their business ambitions.
In today’s rapidly evolving digital world, it can be a challenge for legislators and policymakers to keep abreast of the pace of change and its potential impact. The programme is designed to support those in government with the skills and knowledge necessary to reflect on, develop and implement policies that will protect society and provide a relevant framework in which organisations can operate.
To announce the programme, launch Colin Scott, Vice President for Equality Diversity and Inclusion and Dean of Social Sciences at UCD said “It is very important that UCD engages government, industry and NGOs to share knowledge about critically important societal challenges, such as those presented by the digital economy. This programme builds on existing expertise in the College of Social Sciences and Law, on topics including transparency in electoral processes, trust and expertise, competition law and policy, regulation, data privacy, hate speech amongst others”
Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland said: “Much of today’s policies and regulations were developed prior to the digitisation of our world and they now need to evolve to ensure relevance in today’s society. Ireland has a huge potential to take a leadership position in Europe in demonstrating how laws and policies can be adapted to a modern world. We at Microsoft are delighted to support the development of an academic programme of this calibre in partnership with UCD, our industry peers, and policymakers from across government. This programme will facilitate our policymakers to create and adapt our policy environment so that it is one that advances innovation while dealing with the issues of trust and ethics that arise.”
Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President of UCD said: “We are very grateful to Microsoft for supporting the development of academic programmes in this important area. Working in collaboration with industry, government, and policymakers will enable us to provide a curriculum to advance digital skills relevant to Ireland today and for our digital future.”