NU Reaches Exchange Agreement with Ireland’s Mary Immaculate College

May 20, 2013  |  by Michael Freedman


Dr. Timothy Downs, vice president for academic affairs at NU, Holly Cowman, international relations officer for Mary Immaculate College, and Bernadette Brennan, director of international studies at NU.

Holly Cowman, the international relations officer from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland, visited Niagara University today to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions.

The MOU was agreed in order to encourage student, faculty and staff exchanges between Niagara University and Mary Immaculate College, Ireland’s largest Catholic college of Education and the Liberal Arts and an affiliate of the University of Limerick.

The agreement was reached by Dr. Tim Downs, vice president for academic affairs at Niagara, and Michael A. Hayes, president of Mary Immaculate College.

Both institutions offer curricula in teacher education that are intertwined with programs in the arts and sciences.

“Having studied the impressive list of majors and minors available at Niagara University, I am excited about our many areas of mutual interest and the potential for both the students and staff of our two institutions to flourish. This partnership is in direct accordance with one of the core objectives of Mary Immaculate College’s Strategic Plan 2012-2016, which is to bring an international dimension to all college activities.” Hayes said.

Added Dr. Downs: “We understand that providing our students with an excellent education that is global in perspective is critical as businesses continue to integrate operations worldwide. Partnering with highly regarded institutions like Mary Immaculate College illustrates one of the many ways that we are accomplishing this goal.”

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