Recent History / Development

Student numbers at Marino have grown steadily in recent years, from an annual undergraduate intake of 25 in the 1980s and the introducation in 1996 of the Higher Diploma in Education, also with an intake initially of 25, to the 21st Century, when the facilities can comfortably accommodate our present full-time student population of over 500 students.
The vision of a growing, vibrant teaching, learning and research community which led to the ambitious capital development programme of recent years is now driving an ongoing expansion, focussing on the established strengths of Marino and responding to emerging needs:

  • developing innovative programmes to support the Catholic ethos in schools with a diverse pupil population;
  • Cherishing our Irish cultural and linguistic traditions and connections;
  • Enhancing the development of best practice in intercultural education ín Ireland;
  • Engaging in scholarship and research in its identified strategic directions so as to further strengthen its reputation, nationally and internationally, as a focused, interdisciplinary Institute whose staff are recognised as leaders in their field.

Throughout all the change and development of recent years, the ethos of Blessed Edmund Rice remains cental to our work. We remain focussed on a practical education for our students, promoting the harmonious growth of the whole person in faith, life and culture, so that they graduate as caring and passionate professionals who are committed to empowering children from economically and socially disadvantaged areas and to working effectively with the next generation of Irish society.

Marino has had a close relationship with Trinity College since 1972, when the first intake of lay students registered for the B.Ed. course. In July 2011 this relationship was further strengthened with the formalisation of the agreement which places MIE under the joint trusteeship of the Congregation of Christian Brothers European Province and The University of Dublin, Trinity College.