Posted by: gillroe | October 4, 2010

Reflecting on a great week for Education Ireland in the USA

As those of you who have been reading this blog recently will know, Education Ireland had a busy schedule last week in the USA!  The Education Mission in which fourteen top Irish universities and colleges participated was led by Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister, Tánaiste Mary Coughlan.

Events kicked off on Monday 27th in Boston at 8am with an Education Ireland Breakfast for high school counsellors at the Newton Marriott Hotel where guests were addressed by the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills, Ms Brigid McManus (pictured left) as well as Trinity College Alum Mr Mark O’Neill, CTO of Vordel, who spoke glowingly of his period studying in Ireland and how his career benefitted from the choices he made at that time.

Following several meetings, interviews and a successful visit to Boston College, the group gathered for the Study in Ireland Fair which was attended by over 150 high school students, their parents and counsellors. 

The evening ended with a reception for senior education figures and Irish college contacts in the Boston area.

 

 On Tuesday 28th, following some further engagements in Boston, the group travelled to Chicago for a number of events, including the second Study in Ireland Fair.  This Fair, at the Hyatt Lodge Hotel attracted a good group of students, many of whom had travelled long distances to attend and were well prepared showing a strong interest in Ireland and Irish education.

 

Wednesday 29th started early in Chicago with an Education Ireland breakfast for high school counsellors at the Hyatt Lodge Hotel which was hosted by Tánaiste Mary Coughlan (pictured left). 

 

 

Former University College Cork student, Kelly Tousignant spoke  enthusiastically and very engagingly about her time in Ireland and the positive impact she feels that her choice has had on her life and career.

  

 

Guests at the breakfast event hosted by Tánaiste Mary Coughlan in Chicago.

 

On Thursday 30th the group travelled to St Louis to attend the 3-day NACAC conference and exhibition. NACAC, the (American) National Association for College Admission Counseling is a representative organisation with some 8,000 members from around the United States. These key influencers come together each year in a different North American city to debate issues around college counselling and to attend the international exhibition.

All seven Irish universities and four other colleges (see full list below) exhibited at NACAC under Education Ireland and Ms Coughlan reviewed the Education Ireland booth and met with the NACAC President and senior staff.

An Tánaiste, Mary Coughlan and Ms Brigid McManus (Sec. Gen. DES) with members of the Irish university delegation (above) and Griffith College Dublin & National College of Ireland (below) at the Education Ireland stand at NACAC

 

Ms Coughlan also hosted a lunch with the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) which was attended by the NSHSS President Claes Nobel of the Swedish Nobel family (pictured left with the Tánaiste) and senior officials.  This was followed by a number of other official engagements, include a visit to Fontbonne University.

 

 

Colleges participating at NACAC under Education Ireland:

Dublin City University

NUI Maynooth

NUI Galway

Trinity College Dublin

University College Cork

University College Dublin

Institute of Technology, Sligo

Waterford Institute of Technology

National College of Ireland

Griffith College Dublin

 

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