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UCD Students Awarded Travel Bursaries For Universitas 21 Summer Schools

20 April 2018

U21 Summer School 2018 scholarship winners

F‌rom front left: Rida Mahmood, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Anna Blix, Ezra Maloney, Cameron O'Doherty, Padraig O'Fearghail, Ciara Murray, Maire McCafferty

UCD International recently ran a competition for travel bursaries to allow outstanding undergraduate students from UCD to participate in summer schools at our Universitas 21 partner institutions in the Netherlands and Malaysia.

Over 90 students from a range of academic disciplines applied for travel bursaries to enable them to partake in the U21 Summer Schools. Following a very competitive selection process, the following students have been selected to represent UCD at the Summer Schools of their choice:

The University of Amsterdam:

  • Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi (3rd year English and Philosophy),
  • Ronaldo Lukason (4th year Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering),
  • Padraig O’Fearghail (4th year Medicine),
  • Rida Mahmood (3rd year Human Nutrition),
  • John Murphy (3rd year Law with Politics),
  • Ezra Maloney (3rd Year English),
  • Anna Blix (3rd Year English and Politics)
  • Cameron O’Doherty (4th Year English)

The students selected to travel to Amsterdam will participate in a range of inspiring and academically challenging courses in the heart of the city during the months of June and July. The students will study on programmes such as ‘Introduction to Sexuality Studies’, ‘The Politics of Ageing’ and ‘A Peaceful Mind: Mindfulness and Compassion-based interventions’ which are designed to introduce them to a new academic discipline or build on their existing studies.

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus:

  • Ciara Murray (2nd year Politics and Sociology)
  • Maire McCafferty (3rd year Modern Irish and Art History)

These two students will be heading to Semenyih, near Kuala Lumpur to attend a two-week summer school at the University of Nottingham’s award-winning Malaysian campus. Both students will be able to learn about Malaysia’s wonderful and varied culture first-hand by studying on the course ‘Politics, Culture and the Media in Southeast Asia’. As a Universitas 21-supported Summer School, the course will bring together students from across the U21 network across the world, making this a truly multicultural experience. They will be heading out on their exciting journey in June which will include trips to Kuala Lumpur and local villages.

For all the selected students, whether travelling to Amsterdam or Malaysia, the opportunity to attend the Summer School presents them with a chance to travel, learn and immerse themselves in a culture that is different from their own. For many, this is their first opportunity to take part in an international study programme, for others it is a chance to further explore their global endeavours.  We wish every one of them the best with their summer school and we congratulate them on their success. If you wish to keep up with these students’ summer travels, you can follow their journey on UCD International’s official Instagram account @ucdinternational.