Education Mission: College of Rockies Students Visit AIT

A group of students and academics from the College of the Rockies in British Columbia, Canada visited AIT last week on an education mission intended to promote cross institutional relations and intercultural awareness.

The Canadian contingent was welcomed to the college by representatives from the Department of Nursing and Healthcare, who organised a series of informal meetings with second year nursing students and a lecture in emergency and critical care nursing.

Reciprocal information sessions between Irish and Canadian students were also facilitated with the view to comparing and contrasting the experiences of nursing students in both countries.

Over the course of the education mission, the Canadian students spent three days on placement at the Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar in the company of Katherine Kenny, the hospital’s director of nursing, who spoke of “the value of internalisation among nurses.”

Accompanied by AIT lecturer and local historian Dr Harman Murtagh, the cohort also visited some of the Midlands’ heritage sites, such as Athlone Castle, Luan Art Gallery and Mullingar’s famous Belvedere House and Gardens.

As delineated in its newly launched strategic plan, maintaining a global orientation is of key importance to AIT as it undergoes its transition to becoming Ireland’s next technological university. Developing and sustaining strategic global partnerships is intrinsic to that goal.

“The growing academic links developing between AIT and the higher education sector in Canada will facilitate the bilateral flow of students and staff, giving them an opportunity to study, teach or complete placements abroad,” explained AIT President, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin.

“In the future, it is hoped that Canadian students will be able to complete the final year of their bachelor’s degree with us here in Athlone, before progressing to a research master’s or indeed a PhD with one of our three research institutes – Materials, Software and Bioscience.”

AIT nursing students already have the option of completing a three-week volunteering programme in Uganda.

Athlone Institute of Technology is a contemporary third level institute distinguished by academic excellence in teaching, learning and research. The institute was awarded The Sunday Times ‘Institute of Technology of the Year 2020, 2018 and Runner-Up in 2017. The institute also tops Ireland’s official league table for research and was listed in U-Multirank’s ‘Top 25 Performing Universities in the World for Interdisciplinary Research’ in 2018 and 2019. Athlone Institute of Technology is currently ranked number one nationally for student satisfaction - a position it has maintained for six consecutive years. For more information relating to the institute’s CAO programmes, visit #ChooseAIT

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