WIT extends strategic links with South America

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Pictured are: Dr Don O’Neill, WIT; Dr Oriana Martinez, Professor, Universidad Tecnológica Bolivar, Colombia; Dr Laurence Vignollet, Vice President for International Relations, Université de Savoie Mont Blanc, Chambéry, France and Dr Sylvain Benoit, Director of International Office, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada.

Pictured are: Dr Don O’Neill, WIT; Dr Oriana Martinez, Professor, Universidad Tecnológica Bolivar, Colombia; Dr Laurence Vignollet, Vice President for International Relations, Université de Savoie Mont Blanc, Chambéry, France and Dr Sylvain Benoit, Director of International Office, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada.

In addition to delivering a paper at a higher education congress, Dr Don O’Neill met with Colombian Government scholarship agencies and universities

In October, Dr Don O’Neill, Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities took part in the Congress of the Americas for International Education in Bogotá, Colombia. The conference, which attracted over 1000 delegates from all continents, is now one of the major world forums for the discussion of issues related to internationalisation in higher education.

During his visit to Bogotá, Dr O’Neill presented a paper and chaired a session at the conference on the theme of creating sustainable international partnerships. The session also included papers from academics from Canada, Colombia and France.

Future collaboration

As part of the visit, on behalf of the Office for International Relations at WIT, Dr O’Neill also met with Colombian Government scholarship agencies and universities with a view to future collaboration. He also met with Irish Embassy officials at the newly opened Irish Embassy in Bogotá.

International Affairs Manager at WIT, Sinead Day added that “as the Irish Government and Enterprise Ireland have identified Colombia as a key strategic partner in Latin America, we see the development of academic and diplomatic links with Colombian institutions as an important part of the Institute’s internationalisation strategy and we greatly welcome these new connections.”


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