Belfast is a city that will offer students a more affordable UK study exchange location, coupled with the legendary friendliness and hospitality of the Irish.
(L-R) Prof Una Mahon-Beattie (UU) with Prof Perry Hobson (PV-GE) at Ulster University
Northern Ireland is currently best-known for being the location of ‘Games of Thrones’, and the city of Belfast is the ‘home’ of the famous and supposedly unsinkable Titanic ship.
More recently, the Titanic Centre was voted the world’s top tourist attraction, and an ‘unsinkable’ Titanic Hotel has now been opened for visitors. Both of these are but a stone’s throw away from the new and expanding city-centre campus of Ulster University (UU). “Over the years, Taylor’s University has had many links with English, Scottish and Welsh universities – but Northern Ireland has rather been missing from our map” said Professor Perry Hobson the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement at Taylor’s University.
While TU has many other student exchange opportunities available, the reality is that capital cities such as London and Dublin are very expensive places to stay. “We have established good links with institutions in secondary cities, such as in Manchester in England, as well as Adelaide and Brisbane in Australia and Ingolstadt in Germany. So along with other such cities, Belfast in Northern Ireland is able to offer our students an equivalent academic exchange experience, with much more affordable housing and transport”.
During his initial visit to Ulster University, Prof Hobson met with a number of colleagues, such as Professor Una Mahon-Beattie, the Head of the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management, to discuss the opportunities for collaboration and exchange. To find out more about the Global Mobility opportunities at TU (Global Matters 2017)