Atlantic Technological University has signed three memorandums of understanding with Douglas College, Selkirk College and Vancouver Community College, all located in Western Canada.
The agreements, signed by ATU President Dr. Orla Flynn, will provide degree-granting opportunities for Canadian students, curriculum sharing and program development across multiple disciplines, and mobility for faculty and students.
These agreements were signed in the presence of the Minister of State for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Niall Collins, and the Consul General at the Irish Consulate in Vancouver, Frank Flood .
The signings, which took place last June in Vancouver and Whistler, build on previous work undertaken by ATU at the British Columbia College International Education (BCCIE) conference in 2019.
BCCIE 2022 took place in Whistler from June 26-29, with Tuesday June 28 designated as Ireland-Canada Day.
The forum was opened by Consul General Flood and Minister of State Collins. Dr. Flynn delivered the keynote address and participated in a question-and-answer session with Minister Collins.
The ATU team included Nollaig Crombie, Head of Department at ATU Donegal, Úna Parsons, Head of Faculty at ATU Sligo, John Joe O’Farrell, Director of International Engagement at ATU Galway -Mayo, and Cáit Noone, chef of the Galway International Hotel. School and Vice President for International Engagement at ATU Galway-Mayo.
Team members used the visit to meet new and existing partners in the region as the university plans to expand its engagement across Canada.
On June 27, Dr Flynn organized the first ATU Alumni Gathering for alumni from the three colleges – Donegal, Sligo and Galway-Mayo. More than 200 alumni work in Vancouver and the Western Canada region in the engineering, science, business and hospitality sectors. The university plans to further develop a global alumni network linking graduates around the world.
Dr Flynn commented: “I have been delighted to support ATU colleagues who have built relationships in British Columbia, Canada since before the pandemic. I look forward to welcoming our new partners in the West and North West of Ireland and developing these partnerships in the years to come.
“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 thrive in the Greater Vancouver area.”