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Photograph of Armelle Lefebure

 

Armelle Lefebure

St Mary’s celebrated its engagement with two significant programmes in a unique way by combining perspectives on the Belfast Féile an Phobail with those on the European Union's Erasmus key action on higher education mobility.

The celebration was held in the College's Student Centre where the connection between the two thirty year-old 'movements' was articulated by a range of interesting speakers. Guests then enjoyed traditional Irish music, with a Christmas twist, performed by a group of College music students.

The Féile has hosted events at the St Mary's campus for twenty-five years and CEO Kevin Gamble spoke about the bond that now exists between the two organisations. The College Principal, Professor Peter Finn, thanked the support staff at St Mary's who work tirelessly every year to support the various events at the Féile.

Attention then turned to twenty-three years of participation by St Mary's in the flagship European Union's Erasmus programme. International and local students spoke about their experience of student mobility and the benefits it brings to everyone involved.

Féile and Erasmus share the common objectives of developing the human spirit, building capacity for change and improvement in society as well as forging life-long friendships. Both programmes have transformed St Mary’s in recent decades and greatly enhanced its status as a leading higher education institution which attracts students from all over the world.

 

Photograph of Denisa Neuvirthova from Slovakia and Carolina Sanchez from Iowa, USA

Denisa Neuvirthova from Slovakia and Carolina Sanchez from Iowa, USA

 

Photograph of Niamh McGirr, Claire Conlon and Deirbhile Craven

Niamh McGirr, Claire Conlon and Deirbhile Craven

 

Photograph of Coralie Dame from Belgium, Helena Bueno Sanz from Barcelona and Sermin Akdag from Austria

Coralie Dame from Belgium, Helena Bueno Sanz from Barcelona and Sermin Akdag from Austria

 

Photograph of Patrick Jianqiang Qiu (China), Alvaro Jimeno Carrasco (Spain), Ana Maria González (Spain), Anna Stoger (Austria), Paloma Silos Martos (Spain), Cristina Castellote López (Spain), 
Ana Abellan Solesio (Spain)

Patrick Jianqiang Qiu (China), Alvaro Jimeno Carrasco (Spain), Ana Maria González (Spain), Anna Stoger (Austria), Paloma Silos Martos (Spain), Cristina Castellote López (Spain), Ana Abellan Solesio (Spain)

 

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Armelle Lefebure travelled from Dublin to speak at the celebration. Armelle is originally from France and whilst studying at a Norwegian university was an Erasmus student who transferred to St Mary's and completed a BA degree in Liberal Arts. She went on to study at Trinity College Dublin.

 

Photograph of Erasmus students

The snow in early December proved to be a huge attraction for the Erasmus students from Spain.

 

Photograph of Erasmus students

Our Belfast Santa welcomed some Erasmus students to city centre shopping.