Irish delegation to attend Mercyhurst summit

Students in Ireland

Mercyhurst University will welcome its friends from across the pond April 29-30 for a two-day summit on the status of the university’s operations in Ireland, according to Heidi Hosey, Ph.D., director of international education.

Mercyhurst President Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., will host the board of directors of "Mercyhurst College Ireland" and the executive committee of the university’s board of trustees, who also serve as members of the Irish corporate entity.

The three Irish resident directors of Mercyhurst Ireland traveling from Dungarvan for the event are Raymond O’Dwyer, chair of the Republic of Ireland’s Public Sector Reform Oversight Group for Local Government; Denis McCarthy, former manager of County Waterford; and Fearghal Reidy, County Waterford director of economic development.

Hosey said the group will focus on developing a strategic vision for the Ireland program in the context of the Mercyhurst University Strategic Plan 2013-2020.

“As the legal incorporators of Mercyhurst Ireland, the members of the executive committee play the central role in determining future operations in all programs offered in Ireland and their input at this time is essential as Mercyhurst Ireland moves forward in a number of key initiatives,” she said.

Among those initiatives are developing new and expanding existing: 1) academic programming and cooperative partnerships with Irish second-level institutions; 2) grant, project and research activities within the European Union; 3) training programs offered through the university’s intelligence studies department; and 4) cooperative agreements leading to Europe-based internships for students and research partnerships for faculty.

Joining the Irish contingent in presenting at the summit are Hosey and fellow Mercyhurst Ireland director James Breckenridge, Ph.D., executive director of the Institute for Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University.

Mercyhurst Ireland continues to grow on multiple fronts with students and faculty now engaged in classes during both the fall and spring terms at Mercyhurst’s facilities in the Dungarvan Enterprise Centre.

On an additional note, Mercyhurst will host its third international intelligence conference – the Global Intelligence Forum – in Dungarvan July 7-10.

PHOTO: Mercyhurst students in Ireland


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