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Within a technological university there is an understanding of the kind of education students should possess on graduation. A primary consideration in such an institution is the requirement to "transmit knowledge and universal values and, at the same time, to contribute to the cultural, economic and social development of the local societies that they serve and that support them". This paper explores how a curriculum can be (re)shaped in a technological university context to address this requirement. This paper develops and examines a possible pathway to progress the establishment of a portfolio of academic programmes within the context of establishing a technological university by: 1. developing a set of principles which can be used to review existing programme portfolios; 2. identifying a process which can be deployed to develop a cooperative model within each discipline to develop the portfolio of programmes while applying the general principle as listed at (1) above. By transforming its curriculum the technological university will fulfil its public service obligation to develop civic competence through the pursuit of research-that-creates- knowledge, education-as-the-sharing-of-knowledge, and innovation-as-commitment to engagement with clients whose focus is the local, regional, national, and international development of Irish higher education.
Irwin, D. (2016, November 2-6). Curriculum Re-definitions and Transformations: Spinning on New Axes within the Technological University. Paper presented at the Higher Education in Transition Symposium, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.