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					              P G 3: WIT SECURES FUNDING
                                                                        ISSUE 4        YEAR 2008

              P G 4: V ICTORY FOR WIT   IN

               PG 7: WIT ACADEMIC TEAMS UP

                                              WIT INTERNATIONAL
 Waterford Institute of Technology is forging ever closer
 links with China with plans now afoot to enter into ex-
 change, transfer and off-shore delivery of a range of
 courses in Hospitality Management, Computing and
 Education with Chinese universities.

 WIT first began to focus its attention on China in 2002
 and to date, the Institute has almost 140 Chinese stu-
 dents enrolled in different academic programmes at WIT
 particularly in the area of English language, Business,
 Hospitality, Engineering and Information Technology. It
 also has a further 600 plus students enrolled on WIT
 programmes which are being run in partnership with key
 Chinese universities.

 “Students from overseas have been a welcome addition
 to the diversity of the college,” according to WIT‟s Interna-
 tional Manager, Sinead Cooke. “The Institute hopes to con-        Waterford Institute of Technology furthered its strong links
 tinue and grow this recruitment drive and the next phase of       and agreements with Nanjing University of Information Sci-
 Irish Chinese cooperation involves University to University       ence & Technology (NUIST), Luoyang Normal University
 partnerships. This adds great value to the internationalisation   (LYNU), Zheijiang University of Media and Communica-
 of education as it involves direct contact between educators      tions (ZUMC) and Suzhou University of Science and Tech-
 in the two countries, and the sharing of knowledge and            nology (SUST) through formal discussions at the receptions
 world views.”“The diverse range of activities includes ad-        and business breakfasts hosted by Enterprise Ireland in
 vanced entry and transfer arrangements with Chinese univer-       Shanghai and Beijing. Almost all universities, institutes of
 sities and joint delivery of some programmes in China, a          technology and independent colleges sent representatives to
 process which has involved lecturer exchanges and study           what was the second largest trade mission to China from
 visits, summer schools and joint research projects” Ms.           Ireland. Mr. Paul Barry, Head of School of Science, Ms.
 Cooke revealed.                                                   Sinead Cooke, International Manager and Ms. Hellen Kang,
                                                                   China Liaison Co-ordinator at WIT attended this second
 Head of Development at WIT, Dr Venie Martin, said inter-          Trade Mission.
 national education is an important aspect of this rapidly
 changing world. “International education leads to increased       In the course of the Mission, both the Taoiseach and Minis-
 personal contacts between people from different countries.        ter for Education and Science emphasised the importance for
 Most people agree that increased knowledge and personal           Ireland of developing partnerships between Irish and Chi-
 contacts between young people at the stage of their lives         nese institutions in higher education learning. It is hoped to
 when they are forming their future world-view is generally        increase the number of students from China studying in Ire-
 positive for society. “For international education to succeed,    land in third level education. This is a vital contributor to
 there must be a philosophical commitment and an openness          the €1.32 billion worth of trade that Ireland already does
 to cross-cultural perspectives,” Dr Martin added.                 with China.
        Co-ordinated and designed by the WIT International Office. Comments and suggestions to “E-Zine”, International Office,
         Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford, Ireland Tel: 0035351 845630 or Email:
Dr Venie Martin, Head of Development at WIT, has hailed as „a            tween the departments of Architecture of both institutions at a
great success‟ the Institute‟s participation in a recent mission led     ceremony which was witnessed by the Irish ambassador to Mex-
jointly by Enterprise Ireland and Education Ireland to Brazil and        ico , Mr Dermot Brangan. This exciting new venture „will focus on
Mexico . Mr Don O‟Neill, from WIT‟s International Office, vis-           student and staff exchange between the two institutions, beginning
ited both countries on this mission which coincided with the open-       with a workshop to be held in Mexico City this autumn and to be
ing of an Enterprise Ireland office in Mexico City . This follows on     attended by WIT staff and students‟, said Ms Henry. The link was
from the opening last year of an office in São Paulo, Brazil , to        facilitated from the outset by Mexican staff at the Waterford archi-
service the needs of Irish industry and education in these key de-       tecture practice of Fewer, Harrington, Lawlor and Partners, who
veloping markets.                                                        have been working in the city for many years.

As part of the mission to Brazil, the Irish delegation met with pro-     As part of WIT‟s commitment to developing links with leading
spective students at one of the world‟s largest student recruitment      international universities, two very exciting exchange agreements
fairs, the Salão do estudante in São Paulo . Enterprise Ireland          were negotiated in Mexico, adding to the one already in place with
hosted the event‟s launch reception which was attended by dele-          ITESO University in Guadalajara . An accord was signed with the
gates from over twenty countries, and at which Mr O‟Neill gave a         Universidad Autónma de Nuevo León (UANL) in Monterrey
presentation on WIT and its role in Irish education in Portuguese.       which is Mexico ‟s third largest university with a student popula-
The Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology then moved to        tion of over 116,000. „We are particularly excited about this new
Mexico to attend the Europosgrados education fair firstly in Mon-        agreement as it is our first initiative with an Irish institute‟, said
terrey and then in Mexico City . Here again there was considerable       Carlos Medina, Head of International Affairs at UNAL Monter-
interest in courses offered at WIT particularly in the areas of Busi-    rey. „Ireland is still a very new destination for students from Latin
ness, Information Technology and Engineering. A Mexican stu-             America, but this year with Enterprise Ireland‟s increased focus on
dent, Arturo Rodriguez, who studied on the Bachelor of Business          branding Ireland as a quality destination for academic study and
Studies programme at WIT was present on the WIT stand in Mon-            research, and WIT‟s links with three leading Mexican universities
terrey and delighted the local students with his account of the time     we hope to see more students coming from this region in the com-
he spent in Waterford .                                                  ing years‟, said Mr O‟Neill. „A further outcome of this mission‟,
                                                                         said Dr Venie Martin, „was the Institute‟s success in being ac-
Ms Máire Henry, Head of Department of Architecture at WIT,               cepted by the prestigious Mexican state scholarship body CONA-
who also travelled to Mexico along with Mr Juergen Bauer, course         CYT, which will mean that our postgraduate courses will now be
leader for the BSc in Architecture, has said that she is „particularly   open to the brightest young Mexican student scholarship holders,
pleased‟ with „a landmark new agreement‟ signed with the Univer-         putting the Institute on a list which includes the leading universi-
sidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), in Mexico City.                ties of the world. This is very gratifying and exciting for us at
UNAM is Latin America‟s largest university with a student body           WIT.‟
approaching 290, 000 students. This agreement was signed be-

                                                          2008 Snapshots

  WIT South Asian Society host welcome party for new South                2008 CSSA committee with WIT international offic staff
  Asian students

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WIT secures fund to set up EU-wide de-stressor programme
Waterford Institute of Technology‟s nursing department, head-         The ROSE (Reducing Occupational Stress in Employment) pro-
ing a European consortium, has beaten off stiff competition from      ject is particularly significant at this time as levels of stress in
across Europe to win €365,000 in research funding aimed at            the workplace and society at large are likely to increase as a con-
helping reduce stress and burn-out amongst trainers working           sequence of the current economic downturn. The project is de-
with people with mental health difficulties right across the EU.      monstrable evidence of the immediate social and health rele-
                                                                      vance of innovative research conducted by WIT and its partners,
The nursing department has again shown its research expertise         Dr Wells added. “It will provide an accessible and user friendly
in winning funding to develop an accessible and user-friendly on      web based de-stressor programme. It will be available to ser-
-line, web-based de-stressor programme for support staff work-        vices throughout the year; 24 hours a day. The project will fa-
ing in vocational rehabilitation, employment support or social        cilitate overall staff retention through reducing individual stress
care environments along with people with mental health issues.        and „burn out‟. “The project will also provide data and informa-
                                                                      tion to support local services and European Commission initia-
Project leader, Dr John Wells, said the project will begin from       tives on social inclusion, workplace support, policy harmonisa-
next month. “The quality of the partnerships forged to pursue         tion and mental health.
this innovative project is a recognition of the research expertise
that the Department of Nursing at WIT offers international re-        “ROSE will be trans-national in nature and will provide a trans-
search and service partners in the area of mental health in the       ferable programme between member states and thereby facilitate
workplace.” If European Commission policy on social integra-          career mobility and information sharing between states as this
tion of people with mental health problems is to be realised in       relates to managing work related stress within the health and
member states, retention of experienced trainers and support          social care sector,” he added. The research team at WIT includes
personnel in the vocational training sector will be a significant     Dr John Wells, team leader (Head of the Department of Nursing,
factor affecting successful implementation, the project leaders       WIT); Dr Margaret Denny (Department of Nursing, WIT); Mr
say. However, studies indicate that working in this area of train-    John Sheppherd (Department of Computing, Mathematics &
ing can be particularly challenging for staff in terms of occupa-     Physics, WIT) and Prof Trudi Chalder (Department of Psycho-
tional stress, emotional exhaustion and „burn-out‟, which is a        logical Medicine, King‟s College London).
significant reason for experienced personnel leaving posts. This
in turn significantly diminishes the ability of services to provide   Partner organisations include the European Association of Ser-
effective delivery of services to users.                              vice Providers for People with Disabilities, Brussels; the Na-
                                                                      tional Federation of Voluntary Bodies Providing Services to
While a number of de-stressor programmes have been developed          People with Intellectual Disability Ltd., Ireland; RD Consult,
for staff working in clinical environments, no such programmes        Ireland; The Home Farm Trust Ltd, UK; Pro mente steiermark
have been developed to support staff working in vocational reha-      GmbH, Austria; Associazione Scuola Viva, Italy; Fundatia Al-
bilitation, employment support or social care environments.           pha Transilvana, Romania.
 WIT students put on an excellent display of cricket against Lismore in the final of the senior shield recently. The last game of the
 Munster cricket season was the Senior Shield which was held in the picturesque venue of Lismore's Castle Farm on a beautiful
 September‟s day.

 WIT won the toss and decided to bat. They had a good start
 putting on 27 for the first wicket, as Krantz was out for 13. Haq
 joined Saeed and put on a match winning 67 partnership before
 Haq was out for 28. WIT passed the 100 and wickets started to
 fall all too regularly. Saeed made 41 and Adeel was the only
 other player to get double figures, 14, as WIT were all out for
 149 after 37.3 overs. Lismore bowled well without much luck.
 Raz bowled a very accurate spell. Bowling 5 overs for 7 runs
 but it was Sunil and Oliver Ind who did the damage. Both
 bowled well to end up with 3 wickets each. Sunil had 3 for 5
 off 5 overs and Oliver 3 for 12. So Lismore fancied their
 chances with 150 to win off 50 overs.

 Lismore got off to a good start putting on 17 for the first
 wicket. But once Oliver was out wickets fell at regular inter-
 vals. Only David Ind got to double figures scoring 11. All the
 batsmen had chances to make their name but got out. Sunil and Paddy Byrne made the biggest partnership of 19 before Paddy was
 run out. With this, Lismore‟s last slim chance was over and soon enough Lismore were all out for 74 in 26.4 overs. WIT bowled
 very well overall. Haq was the main destroyer bowling a brilliant spell taking 4 for 32 off his 10 over's. He was ably supported by
 Adeel who got 2 for 17 off his 10. Ali Nasseer took 2 for 12 to finish Lismore off. If you are interested in getting involved with the
 cricket team, please contact clubs and socities or the international office for details (

 WIT was pleased to host a visit by European Council Representatives from Univer-
 sities in Georgia, USA. An agreement was signed for WIT to become the Irish Cen-
 tre for their renowned Summer Programme for around sixty US undergraduates.
        were SNAP SHOTS
 They 2006 delighted with the facilities at WIT and with the opportunities for sport
 and recreation in Waterford City and the surrounding areas.

 Photographed at Waterford Castle are Professor Neal McCrillis from Columbus
 State University, Ms Sinead Cooke, International Manager WIT, Dr Venie Martin,
 Head of Development WIT and Professor David Starling, Valdosta University,

                Keep in touch with the international office
Head of Development Dr. Venie Martin,
                                                                                                                           Pictured left: Irish
International Affairs Manager Ms. Sinead Cooke
mail:      Query: General queries, USA, Canada, Kazakhstan, Indonesia                                        Ambassador to
International Student Welfare Ms. Fiona Purcell
                                                                                                                           India, Mr. Kieran
mail:   Query: Student Welfare, Admissions                                                                 Dowling and WIT
International Student Support Ms. Selma Cheasty                                                                            International Devel-
mail:   Query: Student Welfare                                                                             opment Officer Mr.
Erasmus Administrator Ms. Sonya Walsh                                                                                      Brían McNamara;
mail:   Query: Erasmus                                                                                      attending the recent
International Development Officer Mr. Brían McNamara                                                                       Education Ireland
mail: Query: South Asia, Sout East Asia, Japan, Korea
                                                                                                                           recruitment fair in
China Co-ordinator Ms. Hellen Kang                                                                                         New Delhi
mail:       Query: China

Latin America Contact Mr. Don O`Neil
mail:     Query: Central/South America
  A European project co-ordinated by Seán Moran of the WIT           Ann De Wilde, Belgian partner of the CAIC project said, "So
  School of Education has been awarded a grant of €144,000 by        far it has been a wonderful experience brainstorming in Pra-
  the Grundtvig Programme. The project, involving eight              gue and having virtual meetings on the web with colleagues
  countries, will look at Creative Approaches to Intercultural       from all over Europe with a similar drive to learn from each
  Competence (CAIC).                                                 other. It should be a refreshing and most interesting project!"

  Staff and students from the School of Education will have the      For further information, call Seán Moran on 085 778 2489 or
  opportunity to travel to partner countries to see good practice    email
  in intercultural education and to take part in various cultural
  activities. The School will also host visits from staff and stu-
  dents of the eight partner countries and organise the final con-

  CAIC co-ordinator Sean Moran said, "It has been a delight
  working with colleagues from across Europe in developing
  this project, so to receive substantial funding from the EU to
  enable it to continue really is the icing on the cake. With
  partners from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland Lithua-
  nia, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Turkey, the mix is a tasty
  one. It will be a piece of cake working with such perceptive
  committed and hardworking people and the cherry on the top
  will be the new ideas we can learn from each other."

  Following a seminar in Prague earlier in the year, the first
  CAIC project meeting will be in Brussels in November.

                                                                                                   2008 Snapshots

WIT Participates in European
Education Fairs in Vietnam,
Indonesia and Philippines
As part of a European Union initiative that aims at promoting
undergraduate and postgraduate study in the EU, WIT Interna-
tional Officer Mr. Brían McNamara attended three European
Higher Education Forum‟s (EHEF) which took place recently in
Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. These events gave WIT
the opportunity to meet with prospective students who are inter-
ested in studying abroad. There is growing demand for study
abroad from these emerging economies and there has been quite a
high number of queries from students. Also in attendance at the              Saying farewell to students from the State University of New
events were Shannon College of Hotel Management and repre-                   York, USA and Pharos University, Alexandria, Egypt are
sentatives from Education Ireland, the Irish government body                 (from left) Dr Collette Moloney, Lecturer in Music at WIT,
with responsibility for promoting education in Ireland.                      Mr Walter O'Leary, Lecturer in Criminal Justice at WIT and
                                                                             Programme Co-ordinator, Dr Venie Martin, Head of Devel-
                                                                             opment at WIT and Ms Sinead Cooke, International Man-
                                                                             ager, WIT. The students attended the annual Summer School
                                                                             in Law, Culture and Social Studies organised for them by
                                                                             the School of Humanities at WIT and SUNY.
                                                                                                             2007 SNAP SHOTS
Waterford Institute of Technology has won a coveted international         Erasmus students…. Gives students a real sense of being European
languages award, a victory which recognises the innovative work           on their own campus.”
it has done in language teaching and in making European students
feel at home on campus.                                                   Other languages lecturers have since taken the idea on board and
                                                                          they have included it into their teaching. The initiators said it was
The Tandem Language Learning for Intercultural Communication              very much a team effort and said special thanks to Rosanna
(TaLLICo) project has been selected as the 2008 recipient of the          Molloy and Don O'Neill for their active support.
European Award for Languages - The Language Label. The pres-
tigious Award is designed to recognise creative ways to improve           Head of the School of Humanities at WIT, Dr John Ennis, con-
the quality of language teaching, to motivate students and make           gratulated both Dr. Áine Furlong and Dr. Fionnuala Kennedy on
the best of available resources. Award-winning initiatives serve as       their most recent European Award for Languages. “Their innova-
a potential source of inspiration for projects in other contexts, lan-    tive and exciting work continues to raise the profile of Languages
guages and even other countries.                                          in the Institute both at European and International Levels. We con-
                                                                          gratulate both and their many supportive colleagues in the endeav-
TaLLICo was initiated by Dr Fionnuala Kennedy and Dr Áine                 our,” Dr Ennis added.
Furlong at WIT in 2005. It promotes “meaningful intercultural
dialogue” between full-time students and visiting European
(Erasmus) students, Dr Kennedy explained. “The aims of the ini-
tiative are to encourage social interaction and collaboration be-
tween learners of different languages at WIT. It also provides a
framework for autonomous, active use of language outside the
classroom, as students need to meet, speak each other‟s language
and reflect on the experience. It also helps to develop the learners‟
intercultural communicative competence, they are more aware of
their own and their partner‟s cultural background” she said.

Co-initiator, Dr Áine Furlong, said the project maximises the
unique human resources presented by Erasmus exchange pro-
grammes. “It also helps develop in the students the transferable
skills of organisation, time management, negotiation and collabo-
ration,” she said.
                                                                         Dr Áine Furlong and Dr Fionnuala Kennedy of WIT pictured with their international
The Jury commented that the WIT project “involves a wide range           languages award. The Tandem Language Learning for Intercultural Communication
of languages and makes full use of an under-utilised resource – the      (TaLLICo) project has been selected as the 2008 recipient of the European Award for
                                                                         Languages - The Language Label

        WIT Summer School Welcomes Egyptian Students
During the past year, Dr Venie Martin from WIT visited Egypt              great time and are particularly impressed by the friendliness of the
with an Irish trade delegation. Enterprise Ireland, Egypt, arranged       Irish people they have met. They were formally welcomed by Dr
a series of meetings for her with prestigious Egyptian Universi-          Martin and Ms Sinead Cooke who marked the occasion with the
ties. A co-operation agreement between Pharos University in Al-           presentation to each of them of a small piece of Waterford Crystal
exandria and WIT has been agreed and will be formally ratified            as a souvenir.
later in the Summer. This further extends the internationalisation
strategy of WIT and will provide excellent opportunities for joint
initiatives in the areas of hospitality management, law and lan-

As part of this agreement, two students from Pharos University
have come to join the WIT Summer School in Law and Social
Studies which is run by the School of Humanities at WIT for the
State University of new York each Summer. The students Dina
Mohamed Abdel Moneim Salama and Nada Alaa El-Din Khalil
Sham El-Din were warmly welcomed by the programme co-
ordinator Mr Walter O'Leary who has ensured that they integrated
and are able to maximise their enjoyment and learning on the pro-
gramme. Both the visiting students report that they are having a
WIT academic helps Irish team at Paralympics Games in Beijing
   WIT‟s Bruce Wardrop travelled with the 45-strong Irish team to       was both enthralling and very motivational, and it gave us a per-
  the recent Paraolympic games in China. Around 4,000 athletes,         fect start to our Camp."
  from over 153 countries competed in 20 sports at the Beijing
  games, which took place over 11 days from 6th September.              It is the biggest Irish contingent to travel to the Paralympics
                                                                        since the 1996 games in Atlanta. This represents a significant
  The Paralympic Games is a multi-sport event for athletes with         achievement by the Paralympic Council of Ireland (PCI) at a
  physical, mental and sensory disabilities. This includes mobility     time when other western nations face reduced team sizes due to
  disabilities, amputees, visual disabilities and those with cerebral   an increase in competing nations.
  palsy. Athletes compete in various classes according to their
  disability.                                                           The Team members did extremely well in the qualifying stages
                                                                        for their events and expect to perform well at the games in Bei-
  Bruce, an exercise physiologist at the Human Performance              jing. Several of the team are competing in their first
  Laboratory at the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sci-       Games. The team comprises ten track and field athletes, four
  ence, was busy before, during and after the games, ensuring our       cyclists (with two sighted pilot riders), one archer, four boccia
  athletes acclimatise adequately.“The athletes were continuously       players (a form of bowls for athletes with severe physical dis-
  monitored to ensure they didn't suffer unduly from jet lag or heat    abilities), a team of 12 footballers, six swimmers, five sailors, a
  and humidity which are a problem in the Chinese Capital,”             two table tennis players.
  Bruce explained. “Part of this role involved monitoring 45 urine       Last year, Bruce took part in a familiarisation camp for Ire-
  samples before breakfast every morning. This is the best way to       land‟s Paralympic Team in Beijing, which enabled him to de-
  monitor the athletes‟ hydration – dehydrated athletes do not per-     velop personalised plans for each panel member.
  form well. “In addition, my role involved monitoring the quality
  of the athletes‟ sleep and their moods as they recover from jet
  lag and adjust to the new time zone and climate,” he added.

  The Irish teams‟ bid for glory was spurred by a visit from Dar-
  ren Sutherland (Olympic Bronze medallist) and Kenny Egan
  (Olympic Silver medallist). They came to visit the Irish Para-
  lympic team before they went home to Ireland. They spoke to
  the athletes about their Olympic experience and gave the team
  some invaluable advice "Meeting the boxers was a fantastic ex-
  perience personally. After following their progress through the
  competition, it was great to be able to hear their story first hand
  and congratulate them in person.

  “More importantly, it was a huge boost for the Irish Paralympic
  athletes. Each of the boxers spoke eloquently and candidly about
  their preparation, time in the village, competition and success. It

Waterford Institute of Technology was delighted to host a group of
Computer Managers sponsored by the Technical and Vocational
Training Consortium of Saudi Arabia. They studied at WIT for two
weeks and were delighted with the whole experience, even the Irish

The participants in the Saudi Arabian Computer Managers WIT
Summer School are pictured outside Waterford Castle where they
attended a farewell dinner. In the photo from WIT are

Caption: from left Michael Dollard, (HASBRO Ireland), Richard
Moody, (Programme co-ordinator), Ms Sinead Cooke (International
Manager), Dr Venie Martin (Head of Development) Professor
Kieran Byrne (Director), Ms Laura Widger, E-Learning Co-
Memorial University, Canada, honours Irish poet
Dr. John Ennis
Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada awarded an honorary degree
to Irish poet John Ennis at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College session in Corner Brook on Fri-
day 3 October 2008. Honorary degree recipients are chosen by the Senate, the university‟s
academic governing body, after careful examination of the grounds for their nomination.

The honorary doctorate is designed to recognise extraordinary contribution to society or
exceptional intellectual or artistic achievement. The awarding of honorary doctorates, an
important feature of Memorial‟s convocation, serves to celebrate both the individual and the
university as well as to inspire graduates, their families and guests.

WIT develops academic links with a leading university, Zhejiang
University City College, China
                                                                 Waterford Institute of Technology is honoured to host a delegation
                                                                 from a leading Chinese university, Zhejiang University City College
                                                                 (ZUCC). ZUCC is the first independent college established by the
                                                                 famous key university, Zhejiang University, a top 3 university in
                                                                 Chinese education ranking system, and is set as an example of inde-
                                                                 pendent college by China Ministry of Education.

                                                                 The delegation of 5 senior staff was led by their president, Prof.
                                                                 Wang Liren. The purpose of this visit was to follow the agreement
                                                                 on the pre-master programme in Computing, which was signed last
                                                                 March, and discuss other cooperation programme at undergraduate
                                                                 level in IT, Engineering, and Hospitality management.

                                                                                                    2008 Snapshots
Pictured above: Mr. Paddy Downey, Dr. John Ennis, Dr.
Micheal OhEigeartaigh, Ms. Sinead Cook, Ms. Hellen Kang
with the delegation.

WIT has been actively recruiting Indian students for the past five years. In 2003 WIT welcomed its first group of 7 Indian students. In
2008 WIT has over 95 Indian students registered on a variety of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. According to Mr.
Brían McNamara, WIT International Officer with responsibility for Indian student recruitment, “We have seen a trend whereby our In-
dian alumni are referring their friends and relatives to WIT, this is testament to the high standard of the education experience offered by
WIT”. As non-European students Indian students are subject to tuition fees, according to Mr. McNamara, “WIT is well placed to attract
more South Asian students, as it offers excellent academic and welfare support and a competitive tuition fee structure in comparison to
other higher education institutions within the sector”. Over 75% of Indian students at WIT are studying electronics and ITC pro-
grammes.“Over 20% of the Irish economy relies on ITC and electronics related companies and the higher education sector has seen a
notable decrease in Irish applicants for these courses”. “A strategy to attract and retain non-eu graduates has been put in place by the
Irish government and has been welcomed by our International students, who wish to gain experience in industry upon graduation before
they return home”.

WIT has participated in a number of exhibitions throughout India over the past year, notably the India Education Metro Tour and the
Education Ireland exhibitions in New Delhi, Kerala, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The Irish Embassy staff along with Ambassador Dowling
and Ms. Shikha Mohanty (Education and Trade Manager) have provided great support and have played an important role in WIT’s India
On Wednesday October 22nd over 70 South Asian students along with their class mates attended a party to celebrate the festival of
Diwali at the Dome on the WIT cork road campus. Diwali is celebrated each year by the students and is an important festival within
South Asian culture.

Diwali, (Markiscarali) is a major Indian festival, and a significant festival in Hinduism, Sikism and Jainism. Many legends are asso-
ciated with Diwali. It is celebrated across the globe as the "Festival of Light," where the lights or lamps signify victory of good over
the evil within every human being . According to one theory Diwali may have originated as a harvest festival, marking the last har-
vest of the year before winter. In an agrarian society this results in businessmen closing accounts, and beginning a new accounting
year. The deity of wealth in Hinduism, goddess Lakshmi is therefore thanked on this day and everyone prays for a good year ahead.
This is the common factor in Diwali celebrations all over the subcontinent.

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