Video conferencing technology may soon be used to strengthen the bond between the University of Connecticut's School of Fine Arts and the Dublin Institute of Technology.
The two universities have a long-standing relationship, in which UConn's prestigious performing and visual arts programs have joined forces with DIT's Conservatory of Music and Drama and Faculty of Applied Arts and Tourism to offer an extremely comprehensive range of programs in music performance and composition, drama, design, fine art, broadcasting, filmmaking, photography, multimedia, journalism, public relations and other artistic fields.
Since the partnership was formed in 1995, students in both countries have been able to participate in a number of joint productions, including performances of Mozart's The Magic Flute in Dublin in 2008 and a performance of Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 2006.
DIT's Director of Academic Affairs, Frank McMahon, told ShorelinePlus.com that the two institutions' new collaboration - sealed by a document detailing the new opportunities, which he traveled from Ireland to sign - will expand to include more than just joint performances. He hopes that soon the two schools will be able to engage in more student and faculty exchanges, joint seminars that make use of video conferencing technology and potentially even joint and dual degrees.
The University of Connecticut has an enrollment of more than 28,000 undergraduate students across its six campuses, while the DIT has approximately 20,000.