An Tánaiste Opens Georgia Southern University Facility in Wexford
By Sharon Ní Chonchúir, Contributor
December / January 2020
Georgia Southern University is the first public university in the United States to open an outreach learning facility in Ireland. On November 20, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney officially opened the Georgia Southern Global Hub – Ireland in Wexford Town.
There is a strong historic connection between Wexford and Savannah, with a large percentage of the city’s population tracing their roots there. Now, the 26,000 students of Georgia Southern can take that journey in reverse. The university encourages its students to study and intern abroad. With this end in mind, it will be launching a series of pilot courses at the Global Hub – Ireland in the spring and summer semesters of 2020. Commenting on the opening, Dr. Howard Keeley, director of Georgia Southern’s Center for Irish Research and Teaching said: “Georgia Southern University is excited to make a significant investment in international education by committing to Global Hub – Ireland… Our ambition is to develop it as our primary educational venue for Europe. While the principal users will be our 26,000 students, we also anticipate and welcome use by our sibling institutions in the University System of Georgia, which serves some 333,000 students.” ♦