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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D, launches GMIT’s Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023

The Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. formally launched the new GMIT Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023 at a reception in the Galway campus today (26 April) attended by Dr Michael Hannon, deputising President of GMIT, Cormac MacDonncha, Chair of the Governing Body, members of the Governing Body, students, staff, colleagues from the Connacht-Ulster Alliance and invited guests.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor gives closing address at conference on Mental Health in Higher Education

Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today (25th April 2019) gave the closing address at a conference on Mental Health in Higher Education – Personal Wellbeing for Professional Development. Chaired by Dr. Patricia Frazer and hosted in the Dublin Business School, the conference was organised by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning.

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce the opening of the Student Grant Scheme for 2019

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (25 April, 2019) announced the opening of the Student Grant Scheme for applications for the 2019/20 academic year and highlighted a number of improvements that will benefit some of the most disadvantaged students.

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Mentoring Coaching and Supervision Conference

It was a great honour for me to deliver the European Mentoring Coaching and Supervision Conference 2019 opening address. The theme of the conference was reflect, learn, transform.

The European Mentoring and Coaching Council exists to develop, promote, and set the expectation of best practice in mentoring, coaching, and supervision globally for the benefit of society.

Conferences are vital, and in addition evidence based coaching training programmes are important to meet the demand for the skill set.
As we deliver training programmes we must also assess their effectiveness.

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Excerpts from Speech at the 2nd International Symposium of European Association of Chinese Teaching

Ireland’s membership of the European Union has played an integral role in building Ireland’s reputation as a location for world class research and as a centre of excellence in higher education. Ireland is deeply committed to its membership of the EU. Our place at its heart will ensure that Irish higher education institutions continue to access valuable EU funding. This will allow Ireland to remain at the forefront of research and innovation.

Ireland is perfectly positioned between the U.S. and Europe. It is the ideal place for young Chinese students to launch global careers. It is the destination of choice for many of the world’s leading firms. One thousand international companies – including Google, eBay, Intel and Facebook – have chosen Ireland as the hub of their European network.

We are deepening education links between Ireland and China all the time. China is the principal Trans-National Education (TNE) partner country for Ireland. Irish education institutes now have over 70 joint programmes and three joint colleges in place with Chinese institutions. There are also many Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) in place between Chinese and Irish institutions. These are articulation agreements and joint agreements on the alignment of course content.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor Launches Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions

The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (5 April 2019) launched the Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions: “Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive – Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions”.

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Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor to meet Irish Diaspora, State Officials and Education Partners in Colorado and Kansas during St. Patrick’s Day visit

Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. Minister of State for Higher Education has today embarked on a five-day trip to the United States of America as part of the Government’s programme of St Patrick’s Day visits. During the trip the Minister will visit Colorado and Kansas City.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor gives key note address at NWCI conference #ItStopsNow.

The Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, with special responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., gave the keynote address, ahead of International Women’ Day today (7th March 2019) at the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) conference in Liberty Hall.

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