Former UCC President Michael Murphy becomes first ever Irish President of EUA

Professor Murphy served as UCC President for 10 years, between 2007 and 2017

29 Apr 2019
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Professor Michael Murphy, former President of UCC, has become the first ever Irish President of the European University Association (EUA).

Professor Murphy was elected during the EUA’s 21st General Assembly, at Sorbonne University in Paris, on April 11.

He will serve as President of the EUA from 2019 to 2023, replacing Professor Rolf Tarrach.

Representing more than 800 universities and national rectors’ conferences in 48 European countries, the EUA plays a key role in the Bologna Process (ensuring comparability in the standards and quality of higher-education qualifications), and in influencing EU policies on higher education, research and innovation.

Following the announcement of his election, Professor Murphy looked ahead to the role the EUA will play at a time of uncertainty in Europe.

“To be competitive and successful in the coming decades, Europe will need the strongest higher education and research system in the world,” he explained.

“A ‘whole of Europe’ deeply networked system of well-resourced, autonomous but accountable universities will be the foundation of our continent’s economic and social success.

“EUA will provide sectoral leadership, draft the roadmap, and support governments in creating the necessary legislative and investment frameworks.”

"All of us at UCC are delighted at Michael’s election as EUA President" - UCC President, Professor Patrick O'Shea

Meanwhile, UCC President, Professor Patrick O’Shea, congratulated his predecessor on the news of his election.

“All of us at UCC are delighted at Michael’s election as EUA President,” he said.

“This is a great honour for Ireland, and he will be an excellent advocate for the university sector.”

Professor Murphy served as UCC President for a decade (2007 – 2017). A graduate of the university’s School of Medicine, he was appointed Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at UCC in 1992. He went on to serve as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health (2000), and Head of the College of Medicine and Health (2006) before entering his presidency.

In an Independent Thinking video from 2017, Professor Murphy reflected on his time at UCC with then-Students’ Union President, Eolann Sheehan:

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