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Beyond Borders

15 April 2018

With support from the Department for the Economy, St Mary's University College was able to facilitate a two-week course in March 2018 on the subject of internationalisation within border economies. The intensive programme encompassed five institutions with participants from Ireland, United Kingdom, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.

Lectures on the topics of border movement and historic experience were interspersed with visits to economy-related and globally important international sites. Visits included Auschwitz, Lancut Castle and the Polish Glass Heritage Factory. There were specialist workshops for the fourteen students involved and ongoing networking within an international learning environment. The core themes of the programme were pertinent to the whole issue of employability within an internationalising context. The students were awarded a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.

The programme included five universities, four countries, four currencies, four borders, four languages, four cities and was organised with the help of international students in three universities.

The partner universities who participated were:

Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa w Krośnie, Southern Poland
University of Kosice,  Slovakia
University of Eger, Hungary 

Contributing to the programme were Professors Karolina Czerska-Shaw, Bartosz Golabek, Julius Rosenfeld, Chris Brighton; Deans Prof. Władysław Witalisz (Jagellonian University) and Prof. Peter Dolmanyos (University of Eger) and Vice-Rector Prof. Slávka Tomaščíková (Pavol Jozef Šafárik University).

The programme was coordinated by Dr Gerard McCann (International Studies at St Mary’s, Belfast). Administrative assistance for such a complex international programme was provided by Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa w Krośnie.

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