In October, representatives from Ireland’s University of Limerick met with University of Massachusetts Boston leaders to discuss possible avenues of interest and collaboration between the two schools.
During the two-day visit, the Irish delegation met with Chancellor J. Keith Motley, Provost Winston Langley, Vice Provost for International and Transnational Affairs Schuyler S. Korban, and Dean Ira A. Jackson of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, as well as Kathleen O’Toole, chief inspectorate of the Garda Siochána Inspectorate, former Boston police commissioner, and life trustee of University of Limerick Foundation, who initiated the introductions. The delegation also met with deans, administrators, faculty, and staff from various colleges on campus.
According to Korban, “There are a lot of similarities between our two universities. We both are young, vibrant, and rapidly growing urban academic institutions striving to pursue excellence in research and scholarship. Both focus on outstanding student learning experiences and outcomes, promote service to urban communities, and address global societal issues.”
Over the next several months, both parties will explore collaborative research projects and work to set up student exchange programs as both schools strive to prepare the next generation of global problem solvers.
Jackson notes, “UMass Boston and the University of Limerick can certainly grow together and learn from each other in the process. We are very excited about the possibilities of this new strategic partnership.”