The agreements, signed by ATU President Dr Orla Flynn, will provide degree completion opportunities for Canadian students, curriculum sharing and programme development in several disciplines, and faculty and student mobilities. These agreements were signed in the presence of Minister for State for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Mr. Niall Collins TD and Consul General at the Irish Consulate in Vancouver, Mr. Frank Flood.
The signings, which took place on Monday June 27th in Vancouver and Whistler, built on previous work undertaken by ATU at the British Columbia College International Education (BCCIE) conference in 2019.
The 2022 BCCIE conference took place in Whistler from June 26th - 29th with Tuesday June 28th designated Ireland-Canada Day. The forum was opened by Consul General Mr. Frank Flood and Minister for State Mr. Niall Collins. ATU President Dr Orla Flynn delivered the keynote address and participated in a Q&A with Minister Collins. The ATU team included Ms. Nollaig Crombie, Head of Department from ATU Donegal, Ms. Úna Parsons, Head of Faculty ATU Sligo, Mr. John Joe O’Farrell, Director for International Engagement at ATU Galway-Mayo and Ms. Cáit Noone, Head of the Galway International Hotel School and VP for International Engagement at ATU Galway-Mayo. Team members used this visit meet new and existing partners in the region as the university plans to broaden engagement across Canada.
On Sunday June 27th Dr Flynn hosted the inaugural ATU Alumni gathering for alumni from all three colleges – Donegal, Sligo and Galway-Mayo. Over two hundred alumni are working in the city across engineering, science, business and hospitality industries. The university plans to further develop a global network of alumni connecting graduates all over the world.
President of ATU, Dr Orla Flynn, says, “I was delighted to support colleagues across ATU who have been building relationships in British Columbia in Canada since before the pandemic. I look forward to welcoming our new partners to the west and northwest of Ireland and growing these partnerships in the years ahead. It was a particular pleasure to meet ATU alumni from Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal at our inaugural alumni event, and great to see them all thriving in the greater Vancouver area.”