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SUBJECT: SWGC: Irish delegation to visit Sir Wilfred Grenfell College to forge new partnerships
DATE: Nov. 7, 2005

A delegation of Irish representatives will visit the Grenfell College campus this week to further develop several partnerships on the education front.

Mr. Tony Niland, manager of external services, Dun Loughaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, will arrive this evening. Dr. Jim Devine, director of IADT, and Ms. Anne O'Leary, co-ordinator of the B.A. in Film and Television Production at the National Film School of Ireland, will arrive on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

“During their visit we will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding on co-operative ventures involving our two institutions,” said Dr. John Ashton, principal of Grenfell College.

One of the projects being discussed is a Learning Vacation Program, which would see Irish clients recruited in Dun Loughaire coming to Corner Brookand participating in an educational program while enjoying a vacation in Western Newfoundland. Grenfell's Division of Community Education will be the key deliverer of this program on the Newfoundlandside. The College will also be looking to benefit from the Irish delegation's experience in the development of new programming in film and television production.

The visit of the delegation and previous visits by Dr. John Ennis, head of the School of Humanities and the Centre for Newfoundland Studies at the Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland, are indicative of the many new alliances and projects that have been developed over the last few years.

Ireland-Newfoundland projects that have previously met with success include the production of two anthologies of poetry: The Backyards of Heaven and However Blow the Winds by Scop Productions and WIT, the twinning of Corner Brook’s March Hare and the Sean Dunne Writers’ Festival, and the Limestone Barrens Project, which saw an interdisciplinary creative exchange whereby artists in photography, literature and music walked the limestone barrens of the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland or the Burren in County Clare, Ireland, and produced artwork based on their experiences.

The recent appointment of Dr. John Ashton as a member of the Ireland Business Partnerships Advisory Board is an acknowledgement of the strong connections Grenfell College has forged with its Irish partners.

“Grenfell College’s partnerships with the Institute of Art, Design and Technology and other organizations in Ireland will better position the college internationally and will improve our prospects for future progress in program development and student recruitment,” said Dr. Ashton. “For small institutions such as ours, it is crucial that we combine our strengths and talents in collaborative ventures so that we can compete effectively in the increasingly global post-secondary education sector.”

Editor’s note:Mr. Tony Niland, manager of external services, Dun Loughaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dr. Jim Devine, director of IADT, and Ms. Anne O'Leary, co-ordinator of the B.A. in Film and Television Production at the National Film School of Ireland, will be available to the media on Thursday, Nov. 10, during a press conference to be held at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College at 3:30 p.m. A media advisory will follow.

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