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Magee Develops New American Links

27 May 2010

Senior officials from Westfield State College, near Boston, on a visit to the Intelligent Systems Research Centre at Magee, University of Ulster, along with Nobel Laureate Professor John Hume. Pictured are Peter Devine, Business Development Manager, ISRC, Ms. Nanci Salvidio, Executive to Westfield State President Evan Dobelle, Dr Robert Hayes, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Westfield State, and Ms. Joanne Grason, Director of Distribution and Distance Learning, Annenberg Media.
The University of Ulster’s Magee campus is expanding its ties with North America.

The campus this week hosted a top-level delegation from Westfield State College, an historic east coast institution and early pioneer in modern teacher training. They travelled to Magee to meet the Acting Provost Professor Deirdre Heenan, Nobel Peace Laureate Professor John Hume and senior academics, and tour the campus.

Later, Professor Hume escorted the visitors along a section of the City Walls.

Professor Heenan told the delegation: “Ulster is designating Magee as an international hub for students from North America and we are keen to build upon our existing connections and forge fresh links with leading universities and graduate schools.”

Dr Robert Hayes, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Westfield State, said: “Ireland has always been a premier destination for students and faculty at Westfield State, chosen for the quality of study and its obvious beauty. We look forward to this regular exchange with Ulster.”

Professor Heenan, who is Dean of Academic Development, “We are delighted to host this visit from Westfield State College and look forward to further developing our links. I would also like to acknowledge the role that Massachusettes Congressman Richie Neal has played in bringing our two institutions together."