WIT welcomes delegation from Technical College System of Georgia
WIT recently welcomed a delegation of senior academics and educational leaders from the Technical Colleges System of Georgia in the United States. Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and Academic Heads from a number of higher education colleges in Georgia joined the President of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly, and WIT faculty over three days in developing and formalising collaborative projects in Engineering, Nursing, Culinary Arts and other areas.
Dr Ian Bond, Executive Director, International Centre, Technical College System of Georgia led the delegation which included representatives from Chattahoochee Technical College, Columbus Technical College and North Georgia Technical College.
“We are very pleased to welcome colleagues from Georgia to the Institute and to the region,” said Prof Donnelly.
“WIT has had a strong link with the Georgia Technical Colleges group for a number of years through our Nursing programmes and we are very pleased during this visit not only to strengthen that collaboration but to develop new areas for partnerships in Culinary Arts and Engineering amongst others. We look forward to welcoming students to WIT from across Georgia in these areas in the future, having received some Culinary students this summer past where, I understand, they had a wonderful, enlightening and very practical introduction to Irish cookery and to local produce and practice in the industry.”
“Developing our international partnerships remains a very important part of WIT’s strategy for the future,” Prof Donnelly said. “We are all living and working in a globalised world. It is vital that our students have practical experience of that wider world. Our partnership with colleges in Georgia will allow not only US students come to Ireland to complete degrees here or to take short programmes, but also to allow WIT students spend some time in the US. Furthermore, we hope to use what is now a very strong academic link to create opportunities of mutual benefit to our industry partners to link with possible partners abroad.”
The Technical Colleges System of Georgia comprises 22 higher education institutions with approx. 150,000 students. Visitors to WIT included the President of Columbus Tech, the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Technical College of North Georgia, and the Executive Director of International Education for the Technical Colleges System of Georgia.