St. Angela's College, Sligo held it's conferring ceremony last Friday, 8th November 2013, at the Sligo Park Hotel for over 300 Graduates...

Graduates were conferred with undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway). Dr Anne Taheny, President of St Angela’s College, Sligo remarked on the significance of the day, “Graduation represents the formal acknowledgement of individual and collective achievement.”

At the ceremony, the College conferred the first cohort of International Students (seen above) with a Bachelor of Nursing International Degree. This group of eighteen from India travelled to Ireland to attain an internationally recognised honours nursing degree to enable them to attain the requisite knowledge to attain work globally. Expanding internationalisation is a priority for the College. The Centre of Life Long Learning is further expanding International programmes, including a postgraduate Master of Health Sciences in International Heathcare Management, as a progression route for qualifies healthcare professionals. We were delighted to see all 18 students get there degrees on the day, and wish them every luck with securing a job, and all that is to come in the future.

Another first for the College was the conferring of 19 students who completed the 2 year part-time diploma in Folklore & Heritage of the North West. This exciting new programme, delivered through the Centre for Lifelong Learning, was specifically developed for participants in the North West region. The 2 year part-time programme has provided students with an awareness of, and a critical approach to, a wide range of historical evidence in the North West. They have systematically and methodically developed a range of skills that has enabled them to trace their family history; learn about lore, life and mythology in the region; and stimulate their interest in themes of local history and archaeology. The programme also introduced students to a wide variety of primary sources and other materials, utilised in researching folklore, genealogy, local history and archaeology. The interrelationship between theory and practice, combined with principles of adult learning and the lifelong learning process is evident in the advancement of a number of our graduate diploma students who have recently commenced the new Masters in Historical Studies of the North West programme ... a truly lifelong learning progression route for our students.

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