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News from Fulbright
* Irish Language Awards Launched

* Making Sense of the American Midterm Elections

* My Fulbright Experience as an Irish Teaching Assistant

* 14.4% Increase in the Number of Irish Students studying at United States Colleges and Universities
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* A Conference on International Education Policy & Provision in Ireland
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Welcome from the Executive Director
Ireland’s International Education Strategy 2010-15

November 15th – 19th marks the 10th Anniversary of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education that is now celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.

To mark the occasion, the Fulbright Commission and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) are co-hosting a conference entitled inter-changes: Ireland and International Education at University College Cork.

The recently launched, Investing in Global Relationships, details Ireland’s International Education Strategy 2010-2015. This conference will bring both Irish and international practitioners of international education together to discuss the strategy, explore trends and contribute to the next crucial steps of Ireland’s path to becoming a global participant in this area.

To book a place on the conference email

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News from Fulbright
Irish Language Awards Launched
Irish Language Awardees 2010-2011
Irish Language Awardees 2010-2011
Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship (FLTA) Awards
  • Open to postgraduate students/recently qualified teachers
  • Worth approximately €20,000 each

Fulbright Irish Language Scholar Awards 

  • Open to Irish language academics and professionals
  • Worth up to €50,000 plus insurance, J-1 visa and programming
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Making Sense of the American Midterm Elections
Dr. Elizabeth A. Oldmixon - US Fulbrighter based in UCC
Dr. Elizabeth A. Oldmixon
Dr. Elizabeth A. Oldmixon
The morning after the election I received an email from an American expat political scientist with the subject line, ‘Madness’.  It was a concerned missive on the 2010 midterm elections and assorted American pathologies – expats are like that.  Like my colleague, I had the experience of watching the election from afar and through a different lens than usual.  Whether I was getting a hair cut, or taking a taxi, or out to dinner, someone would hear my accent and ask in a flummoxed tone about the elections generally and the Tea Party movement specifically.  It will be some time before political scientists can speak with authority about this election.  My own sense, however, is that while America is a centre right country, these elections do not send anything like a clear ideological signal.  Instead, they reflect the Republican Party’s ability to field a stronger set of candidates than the Democratic Party, as well as a rather catholic disaffection with political leadership.     
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My Fulbright Experience as an Irish Teaching Assistant
Appeared in Foinse - 20.10.10
by Séan Ó Curraighín
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Táim i mo chúntóir teanga in Ollscoil Naomh Tomás in Saint Paul Minnesota, ar dhá chúrsa Gaeilge, cúrsa cultúir agus cúrsa labhartha na Gaeilge. Táimid tar éis Cumann Gaelach a bhunú san Ollscoil.

Bhí mé ag tabhairt faoi mo bhliain dheireanach sa chéim Gaeilge agus Iriseoireacht in DCU nuair a chuir mé isteach ar Fulbright. Is é an deis is fearr dá bhfuair mé riamh é. Seo ó dhuine nár leag a chos in eitleán gur fhág mé Éire i mí Lúnasa seo caite. Cuirtear deiseanna taistil ar fáil mar chuid den obair. Níor cheap mé riamh go n-ólfainn pionta in Philadelphia le cúigear ó chúig ilchríoch na cruinne agus muid ag plé liathróid láimhe Thierry Henry!

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14.4% Increase in the Number of Irish Students studying at United States Colleges and Universities

Dublin, November 15, 2010-- According to Open Doors 2010, the annual report on international academic mobility published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, the number of Irish students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education in 2009/10 increased from 1,059 to 1,212 a 14.4% increase compared to the previous year. 

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