Faculty Exchange Excellence and Equity in Education: Research Collaboration between Lowell, Belfast and Haifa completed a research proposal that will identify evidence based practices for school improvement and design intervention strategies to assist communities in improving their schools. The Belfast-Haifa-Lowell Group also completed a research proposal it intends to use to apply for grants from external funders.
Several faculty members have been asked to give lectures at various institutions in Ireland including, National University of Ireland at Galway, Queen’ University, Dublin City University and St. Patrick’s Drumcondra.
We have hosted faculty from Queen’s University, Dublin City University and Cork Institute of Technology on campus for lectures and workshops, including:
Business Leaders and Local Government Collaboration
In November 2010, The Center for Irish Partnerships hosted a visit to UMass Lowell by delegation from Donegal, Ireland, including Mayor Cora Harvey and members of the County Council.
In October 2011, The Center for Irish Partnerships hosted The Northern Ireland Massachusetts Connection (NIMAC), a group dedicated to advancing business, research and clinical collaboration, between Massachusetts, Northern Ireland and Europe, on campus in the M2D2 facility.
In November 2011, The Center for Irish Partnerships hosted Breakfast Roundtable for a delegation of local authority and business leaders from the Northwest of Ireland on the Green Economy and Tourism.
Meetings and Events with Irish Government Leaders
On November 19, 2010, Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States of American, His Excellency Michael Collins visited UMass Lowell with Irish Consul General to Boston, Michael Lonergan, to hear about the various partnership activities UMass Lowell is engaged in with Irish Universities.
In February 2012, the Center for Irish Partnerships directors attended a reception at the Seaport Hotel for Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D.
In March 2012, Ireland’s Minister for Children and Youth Affairs visited UMass Lowell for a roundtable discussion on Children’s Rights with faculty members Linda Williams and Andy Harris from Criminal Justice and Stephanie Block from Psychology.
In May 2012, Co-Director Frank Talty attended a luncheon at the UMass Club welcoming Irish President, Michael D. Higgins, to Boston. Co-Directors Steve McCarthy and Victoria Denoon subsequently attended a lecture at Faneuil Hall by President Michael D. Higgins, regarding the Famine.