MAYOR OF Drogheda Paul Bell was on hand last week to present certificates to almost 100 students from the IAT (Institute of Applied Technology) in various campuses throughout the UAE (United Arab Emirates).
The students were in Drogheda for three weeks studying the engineering & English programme at Edgewater College.
'Each student was accommodated in host families, and have brought huge money into the town in terms of employing teachers, host families, local businesses, transport, activities, excursions and so on,' says Danielle Wall, marketing manager at the college.
' They have also had workshops and industrial visits to Shannon Aerospace, Carlow IT, Drogheda train station and Irish Cement to name but a few.'
The ceremony was also attended by Ahmed Al Rahl on behalf of IAT, and after the UAE national anthem was played and a recitation of Holy Qura'an, Mayor Bell welcomed the students and presented them with their certificates, as well as ten special awards to distinguished students.
In 2011, Edgewater College Ireland and the Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) in the UAE entered into a strategic partnership to provide IAT's Engineering students with an industrial training programme in Ireland. The primary objective of the programme was to offer IAT students with a practical exposure to various Irish Engineering sectors.
The programme portfolio featured hands-on engineering workshops, industrial visits with a mix of social activities, excursions and of course English language classes.
Last year, 25 students from IAT came to Drogheda and following the success of last year's programme, Edgewater College welcomed 83 students this year. The industrial training programme is only open to IAT's meritorious students and is fully in line with IAT management's vision to equip it's students with a practical knowledge of the global Engineering industry.