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TUS International Students arrive from 44 different countries to the Midwest



TUS International Students Orientation pictured above at Thomond Park Limerick. Pictured are TUS International Students with Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr. Francis Foley. Picture: Alan Place

Mayor Foley wishes the new students every success on their personal and academic journeys

Monika Hamuth, Hungary, Kehinde Ogunduyile, Nigeria, Maria Carlota, Portugal, Antoine Hamon, France, Bia Martins, Portugal and Georgia Menon, Italy. Picture: Alan Place

The Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Francis Foley, and the President of TUS, Professor Vincent Cunnane, have welcomed international students from 44 different nations to the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) and to their host counties of Limerick and Tipperary.

At the orientation event, which was held in Thomond Park, Mayor Foley wished the TUS International Students every success on their “personal and academic journeys in TUS.”

Mayor Foley said, “It should be no surprise that you chose TUS for your studies. It is right at the heart of Limerick’s thriving education excellence. The context for industry, business and our careers are increasingly global. It is a great endorsement of Limerick and this region to have so many international students. TUS’s academic partners overseas know that this is a place rich in opportunity for personal and career development.”

Professor Cunnane welcomed the TUS International Students on behalf of the Technological University that spans over six campuses and four counties in the Midwest and Midlands.

Professor Cunnane said, “We are delighted this year to welcome learners from every continent of the globe to join the growing community of international learners from more than 110 nationalities already studying here at TUS. We believe in the benefits of an internationalised campus and appreciate the great intellectual and cultural gifts that you bring to TUS.”

Vice President for International, TUS, Donnacha McNamara, congratulated the students on deciding to study abroad. He encouraged them to continue to challenge themselves by getting out of their comfort zones and trying new things and making lifelong friends.

The students attending the annual TUS orientation day this year came from Austria, Bolivia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, India, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Rwanda, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Turkey, UAE, Uganda, Ukraine, the United States of America, and Zimbabwe.

As well as receiving a welcome to the Midwest, the students also took part in a scavenger hunt around Limerick to help discover what the city has to offer and ended the day with a pizza party in the city centre.

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