DIT welcomes EAIE delegates to Dublin

14 September 2012: As part of the programme of events for some 4000 international visitors from universities around the world, DIT hosted a number of events during this week.  Delegates were invited to participate in a tour of university campus locations around Dublin and DIT was delighted to welcome the travellers to Kevin Street.  On arrival they were entertained by musicians from the Irish Traditional Music Ensemble from the Conservatory of Music and Drama, were addressed by Professor Brian Norton, and had an opportunity to meet with colleagues from across DIT to explore the potential for partnerships and collaboration.

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On Tuesday afternoon, the Gleeson Theatre in Kevin Street was the venue for a  Roundtable discussion on the topic of “Higher Education: Future Imperfect”.  The theme was explored by an international panel that included Secretary General of the IAU, Eva Egron-Polak; Secretary General of CONAHEC, Francisco Marmolejo; Vice President of EAIE, Hans Georg van Liempd from University Tilburg; Conor King, Executive Director of Innovative Research Universities, Australia; Ian Wilhelm, Associate Editor, Chronicle of Higher Education, USA; and Ellen Hazelkorn, Director of Research and Enterprise, DIT.  The Roundtable was chaired by John Walshe, who is Special Advisor to the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD.

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Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, Director of Research and Enterprise at DIT, with Francisco Marmolejo, Secretary General CONAHEC, panellist in the Roundtable  discussion on “Higher Education: Future Imperfect” at DIT.

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Pictured at DIT Kevin Street, were panellists Conor King, Executive Director, Innovative Research Universities, Australia; Ian Wilhelm, Associate Editor, Chronicle of Higher Education, USA; John Walshe, Special Advisor to Minister of Education and Skills; Ellen Hazelkorn, Director of Research and Enterprise, DIT; and Eva Egron-Polak, Secretary General, International Association of Universities.

On Thursday night, also co-hosted a reception with the International Association of Universities (IAU) in Dublin’s Mansion House, where the delegates were formally welcomed by Councillor Padraig McLoughlin, representing the Lord Mayor.  Councillor McLoughlin explained the history of the Mansion House, which has been a seat of City Government in Dublin since 1715 and which was the site of the first meeting of Dáil Éireann at the founding of the state.  The visitors also heard from Professor Brian Norton about the close links between DIT and the city, since it first began technical education in Dublin in 1887.

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EAIE reception in the Mansion House

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