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Fellowship Orientation Day 2020

Collage of some of the 2020/21 fellows who attended the online orientation event

On Thursday 22 October 2020 the 2020/21 fellows were officially welcomed to Ireland at the annual Orientation Day. This year, in line with the Irish Government’s plan to curb the spread of Covid-19, the event was held remotely. The 121 fellowship awardees from more than 25 countries attended the online event.

The event opened with remarks from Mr Feilim Mclaughlin, the Director of the Global Programmes Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs, followed by remarks from Ms Laura Harmon, Executive Director of the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS). The fellows were then addressed by Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and the Diaspora, Mr. Colm Brophy, T.D., who spoke about the aims of the programme to nurture future leaders, to develop in-country capacity to progress national Sustainable Development Goals and to develop positive relationships with Ireland.

The Orientation Day is a chance for the new fellows to connect with alumni of the Ireland Fellows Programme who provide invaluable advice on settling into life in Ireland and the Irish higher education system.  Ms. Nguyen Thi Minh Trang (Vietnam) delivered a presentation entitled Ireland: What you need to know from a fellow’s perspective, Mr Mahmoud Khalaf (Palestine) spoke on Living in Ireland and Ms Lilian Simule (Tanzania) told us about10 things she has learned that she wishes she had known before beginning the fellowship.

We wish the 2020/21 fellows all the best with their studies. We hope that they enjoy their experience in Ireland and that we can meet in person soon. 

The panelists at the 2020/21 Orientation Day