At an event organised by Scholars at Risk Ireland, the President emphasised the value of freedom of thought and its impact on society.
Despite the new appointment system, many non-EEA students still have not been registered and many require a re-entry visa before they leave for the Christmas holidays.
Through a combination of purchase and donation, 34 new works will join College's existing collection, which includes works by Jack B Yeats and Henry Moore.
The number of students taking part in Erasmus has also increased by 28 per cent, but figures remain lower than those choosing to come to Trinity as part of an exchange.
A pilot scheme, due to be launched in January, will encourage students to get involved in entrepreneurship and will involve a mentoring programme.
President-Elect Donald Trump promised to end the J-1 Visa Programme, but companies such as Usit and Sayit have said it is unlikely.
An annual report has found that in 2014-15 only two per cent of new entrants came from 'unskilled' backgrounds.
Mel Gibson was shooting scenes for his new movie, The Professor and the Madman, in Trinity today.
The civil engineering facilities of the Simon Perry building are currently not included in the plans.
Trinity College Dublin Students' Union (TCDSU) will work to make the workshops non-gender specific.