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New president of university named

A professor who helped spearhead a UK university's global standing has been appointed president of University College Dublin.

Professor Andrew J Deeks, a graduate in civil engineering from the University of Western Australia, will take over at the start of next year.

He succeeds Dr Hugh Brady and joins UCD from Durham University, where he is currently pro vice-chancellor (science).

"UCD plays a unique role in Irish society and economy, and, under the stewardship of Dr Hugh Brady, has made impressive inroads into becoming a truly international university," he said.

"I will bring ideas and approaches learnt from my experiences in the UK and Australia and blend these with the undoubted ambition and energy I see among the high calibre people at UCD to ensure UCD is recognised throughout Ireland and the world as an international and intercultural place of learning and scholarship of the highest standard, benefiting local, national and global communities."

Prof Deeks joined Durham three years ago and during his tenure spearheaded the development of its global presence strategy and extensive international partnerships, particularly in China and Brazil.

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