The Irish Ambassador Visits Taylor’s University
Taylor’s University was pleased to welcome the Irish Ambassador, H.E. Eamon Hickey, to the Lakeside campus along with Ms Catherine Aylward, the Deputy Head of Mission. While Taylor’s University is on target to have over 200+ student exchange partners in some 30-countries, there are a still a considerable number of countries where we have not yet identified partners that deliver their courses in English.
As Professor Perry Hobson the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement at Taylor’s University explained, “we still have a number of empty spots on our world map – particularly in Europe – and we identified that we had absolutely no partners in Ireland. Given that this is an English-speaking country, this was an oversight we needed to address”.
After hosting the “EU Climate Change Diplomacy Day” at Taylor’s University, Prof Hobson met up with the Ambassador. It was through his contacts with “Education in Ireland” that Prof Hobson was able to organise a visit to several Irish institutions. They included University College Cork (UCC), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and also to Dublin City University (DCU). As Prof Hobson commented, “we have had some contact with Irish universities over the years, but nothing solid has come of it. Sadly, in Malaysia most people think of ‘medicine’ whenever they think of Ireland in the context of education”. But as the Ambassador noted, “Although we have a well-deserved reputation in that area, there is a lot more to Irish education that medicine”.
The visit to Ireland went well, and Prof Hobson was delighted to be able to host the Ambassador for lunch as a ‘thank you’ for helping him to initiate his visit to the Republic of Ireland. This also gave the Ambassador the opportunity to experience the Truffles training restaurant, and to see some of the campus. As he commented, “Having never been to Taylor’s before, I was impressed by its modern campus, and I know that our students would have much to gain from studying here – just as over the years Malaysians have benefitted from their time in Ireland”.
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