[Conference] Languages for Employability in a post-Brexit Ireland

Education for a changing world – Languages for Employability in a post-Brexit Ireland

The conference will address the future skill needs of students after Brexit and at a time of decreasing student numbers taking a foreign language in Higher Education.

This conference is organized by EUNIC members, in cooperation with business and Higher Education bodies and includes presentations, panel discussions and workshops.

  • Where: UCD, Belfied Campus, Sutherland School of Law, A&L Goodbody Theatre
  • When: Thursday 24th May 2018
  • Time: 9.00am-4.00pm

Please find here under the programme with full information.

To register for this event please RSVP to: german@dublin.goethe.org by Friday May 18th .
Organized by the Goethe-Institut Irland and the Cultural Institutes of Italy and Spain, the French Embassy in Ireland.


Enhancing STEM student employability through foreign language learning


The opening session will be hosted by the German Ambassador.
By invitation only

  • 7.30 pm Welcome by H.E. Deike Potzel, German Ambassador to Ireland
  • 7.45 - 7.55 Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education
  • 7.55 – 8.30 Linguanomics – What is the business potential of multilingualism?
  • Dr. Gabrielle Hogan-Brun, Senior Research fellow, Author of “Linguanomics”, University of Bristol

The main conference takes place at UCD, Belfied Campus at the Sutherland School of Law, A&L Goodbody Theatre

  • 9.00 am Tea, Coffee
  • 9.30 – 9.45 Minister (tbc)
  • 9.45 – 10.15 The National Strategy for Foreign Languages of the Department of Education and Skills 2017-2026 - Eamonn Moran, Curriculum and Assessment Policy Unit, Department of Education and Skills
  • 10.15 – 11.00 Looking to the Future: Preparing students to be transnational graduates - Professor Michael Kelly, Palmes Académiques, OBE, Board European Language Council.
  • 11.00 – 11.30 Tea, Coffee
  • 11.30 – 11.50 Language Skills for Graduate Employment - Dr. Vivienne Patterson, Head of Skills, Engagement and Statistics, HEA
  • 11.50 – 12.50 Winning business support for the promotion of languages in Higher Education (HE)
  • Panel A: Discussion
    • Chair: Tony Donohoe, Head of Education and Social Policy, IBEC
    • Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland
    • Ray Bowe, Manager Skills, Energy, Water, IDA Ireland (tbc)
    • Damien Owens, Registrar, Engineers Ireland
    • Tara McCarthy, CEO, Bord Bía
    • Eimear Murphy, Wayfair Ltd
    • Iñigo Guerrero, Head of GoProtect!, CNP Santander Insurance
  • 12.50 – 13.45 Lunch
  • 13.45 - 14.45 Rethinking Language Policy in HE. Initiatives to diversify and increase uptake.
  • Panel B: Discussion
    • Chair: Professor Michael Kelly
    • Dr. Lewis Purser, Director Academic Affairs, IUA
    • Dr. Joseph Ryan, CEO, THEA (tbc)
    • Dr. Pio Fenton, Head of Department of Marketing and Int. Business, CIT
    • Dr. Cinta Ramblado, Head of School of Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics, UL
  • 14.45 – 15.45 Opportunities for wider participation in Foreign Language learning in HE. Workshop A
  • 14.45 – 15.45 Increasing the uptake of foreign languages in Higher Education (HE). Workshop B

RSVP to german@dublin.goethe.org by May, 10th 2018.

Published on 16/05/2018

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