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Ireland’s Consul General launches University of Limerick New York Alumni Chapter

Monday 16 May 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Charlotte Keogh
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Ireland’s Consul General to New York and graduate of the University of Limerick Ms Barbara Jones, has officially launched a New York UL Alumni Chapter in Manhattan this week. The Chapter will serve over 300 UL alumni who call New York home connecting them and former international students who studied at UL and supporting the strategic goals of the University.

The Chapter will host cultural, social, community service, and educational events to engage the UL alumni community in New York and surrounding areas, facilitating networking and updating members on UL news and developments.

The University of Limerick is delighted to have Barbara Jones’ support for the new Chapter. Ms Jones was born in Co. Wexford, Ireland and is a graduate of Computer Science ’83, from the University of Limerick. Ms Jones took up duty as Consul General of Ireland to New York in September 2014 having previously been appointed Joint Secretary at the British-Irish Intergovernmental Secretariat in Belfast.

Speaking at the event Ms Jones said, “I warmly congratulate the University of Limerick on this most significant milestone of establishing a New York alumni chapter.  Building from today, the chapter will connect former students and friends of UL in a powerful way.  This launch also represents an important step in communicating UL’s world class reputation for teaching, research and innovation in this region, and in further developing vital partnerships for the University into the future.” 

Announcing the new alumni network, UL Vice-President Academic & Registrar, Professor Paul McCutcheon acknowledged the over 80,000-strong alumni community that embodies the spirit of excellence and achievement that has become central to UL’s ethos.

Professor McCutcheon said, “I am delighted to be here today to launch the New York UL Alumni Chapter as we seek to foster lifelong relationships with our alumni. Our strategic plan Broadening Horizons launched last year challenges us to continue to raise our international profile and thereby enhance the economic and cultural profile of Limerick and the local region. This will be achieved by further internationalising the UL student experience, improving the global currency of UL degrees, attracting more international students and staff and accessing leading international research networks. Our alumni community will play a key role in supporting their alma mater to achieve these goals.”

University of Limerick Alumni Association (ULAA) continues to host a variety of successful alumni events from Alumni Lectures and Masterclasses to Class Reunions and Chapter Events.

Over the next five years, the Alumni Association will be expanding its network of alumni Chapters overseas.


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