Erasmus funding: the University of Limerick is one of three colleges to receive the award
THREE third-level institutions in Limerick have been awarded over half of the €1 million available from the Higher Education Authority under the Erasmus mobility fund to support the transfer of students and staff to countries outside of Europe for teaching, training and research collaboration.
Following a competitive process, the three Limerick-based higher education institutions – the University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and Limerick Institute of Technology – secured the largest share of the funding available, €543,152, in the 2016 Call under the EU’s Erasmus+ Programme.
The 2016-2018 project at UL will facilitate the funding of 57 staff and students to and from universities in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Georgia, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Lebanon, Kenya, Ghana and Israel. UL is the only HEI in Ireland to receive funding for South Africa and the African countries.
“The success of the Shannon Consortium institutions [which includes the three Limerick institutions] will open exciting new teaching and research opportunities for the colleges concerned in a range of countries, a number of whom are relatively new partners of Irish higher education,” said Gerry O’Sullivan, head of international education at the HEA.
“The impact will not only be felt at the local level but in the countries of origin of the students and staff. Internationalisation of Irish higher education is proceeding at a significant pace and it is most encouraging to see the Limerick institutions building on their complementary strengths.”
UL has been awarded €241,634, MIC has been awarded €133,168, and LIT is to receive €168,350.
Mary Immaculate College was successful in its first Erasmus+ ICM funding application in 2015 to bring three Syrian refugee students from Lebanon for one year of study.
LIT’s 2016 award will enable the institute to welcome staff and students to its campuses, while LIT staff and students will be funded to travel for work and study at universities abroad. The countries for which funding was awarded are Malaysia, China, Brazil, Canada, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.