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PUT YOURSELF ON THE MAP


Welcome to the November 2014 edition of Alumni Links. In this issue we are launching an exciting new way for graduates to connect with the NUI Galway Global Alumni Network and with each other. We've always known that NUI Galway graduates are making waves in many roles and locations. Tag your location and tell us your story!

In keeping with the international theme, we're also highlighting details of an Alumni Event in New York City which takes place on Wednesday November 19th. Closer to home, Alumni Gatherings will take place in Galway and Dublin as we approach Christmas. Details of these events will be announced shortly. We look forward to seeing you at a future event.

In University news, NUI Galway was the only Irish University to rise in the latest Times Higher Education international rankings. The University increased its position by 53 places and is now ranked 261st internationally. Welcoming the announcement, NUI Galway President Dr Jim Browne explained: “This is a major improvement for NUI Galway and reflects a consistent upward trend in these very competitive global rankings. This major jump in NUI Galway’s position in THE World University Rankings this year is an affirmation of our very focused approach to developing our international reputation in a select set of research areas."

Best wishes,

Alumni Relations

NUI Galway


CONNECT IN NEW YORK CITY



The President of NUI Galway, Dr. Jim Browne and the Chairman of NUI Galway's Alumni Board, Sean O'Rourke are delighted to invite graduates and friends to join them for an evening reception, to connect with fellow graduates and friends. This event will take place in the Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel at 6.30pm on Thursday, November 20th 2014. The 8th Annual NUI Galway Gala in New York City also takes place this month. Read on for more details on these events.




Join the President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne and the Chairman of NUI Galway's Alumni Board, Sean O'Rourke at an evening reception for graduates and friends. Connect with the NUI Galway community in New York City and the wider tri-state area. All graduates and friends of NUI Galway and their guests are welcome.

Event Information:

Thursday, November 20th, 2014, 6.30pm

The Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel, 687 Lexington Avenue, New York City (between 56th and 57th Streets)

Register for this free event here


NEW YORK GALA


The 8th Annual NUI Galway Gala in New York City takes place at 6.30pm on Wednesday, November 19th 2014 in the Metropolitan Club, Manhattan. This year's honoree is Garry Hynes, Tony Award Winner and founder, Druid Theatre. Previous honorees include President Bill Clinton, Dr Loretta Brennan Glucksmann and Paul Brady. This event has a well-established reputation for entertainment and networking amongst both the NUI Galway and wider Irish American communities in New York City. A limited number of tickets at a Special Alumni Rate of $250 are available.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway. When completed in winter 2015, the new Centre will provide a state of the art facility for Drama, Theatre and Performance at the heart of the NUI Galway campus. The Centre will stage an annual series of productions by NUI Galway students and visiting theatre companies, and will be the home of the Druid Academy, an exciting partnership between Druid and NUI Galway that aims to train the next generation of Irish theatre professionals.

Event Information:

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, 6.30pm

Metropolitan Club, One East 60th Street, New York City

Honoring Garry Hynes, Tony Award Winner & Founder, Druid Theatre

For reservations, please contact the Gala Office at 212.213.1166 or email NUIGalway@carlacapone.com.

We look forward to seeing you at one of these events!

World University Rankings Gain
NUI Galway is the only Irish university to rise in latest world rankings



NUI Galway is the only Irish university to move up the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2014-15. With an increase of 53 places on last year’s position, NUI Galway now ranks at 261st in the Times Higher Education Rankings 2014/2015.




NUI Galway is the only Irish university to move up the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2014-15. With an increase of 53 places on last year’s position, two bands in this ranking survey, NUI Galway now ranks at 261st in the THE Rankings 2014/2015. NUI Galway is also the only Irish university to increase its position in the two main international rankings, having recently increased to 280th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2014/2015.


The rise has been attributed to a concerted approach by the university in developing world-class research in specific fields including data analytics, biomedical science, marine and energy research, and digital humanities, NUI Galway President Dr Jim Browne explained: “This is a major improvement for NUI Galway and reflects a consistent upward trend in these very competitive global rankings. This major jump in NUI Galway’s position in THE World University Rankings this year is an affirmation of our very focused approach to developing our international reputation in a select set of research areas.


These areas of activity underpin our growing international research reputation and continue to attract researchers, scholars and international partners. As the only Irish university again to increase our position in both the 2014 THE World University Rankings and the recently published QS World University Rankings, it is beyond doubt that our position globally is on the rise. Despite significant cuts in overall funding at third-level in Ireland and increased student numbers, our University has gone against the tide to secure a consistent improvement in these very competitive rankings.”


The Times Higher Education World University Rankings were developed in concert with rankings data provider, Thomson Reuters, with expert input from more than 50 leading figures in the sector from 15 countries across every continent.


The Times Higher league table of the world’s top universities is based on 13 separate performance indicators covering all of the core missions of a world class university; teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The survey also includes the world’s largest academic reputation survey, with more than 10,000 academics asked to rate the world’s best universities for the 2014 ranking.


President Browne added: “It will be critical for Ireland to maintain its investment in its universities if we are to remain internationally competitive. Every year, rankings such as this are broadened to include a burgeoning number of world-class universities. While the rankings evaluate universities against a limited range of measures, there is no doubting their influence on a University’s ability to attract international students. We operate in a global market, competing for students and research support on an international playing field. Support on a national level must be maintained for universities such as NUI Galway to continue with their success.”

Join the NUI Galway Global Alumni Network



Connect with classmates and NUI Galway in a fun and exciting way with the new NUI Galway Global Alumni Network. Did you know that NUI Galway has over 90,000 graduates worldwide? The NUI Galway Global Alumni Network gives you the opportunity to tap into that network. Visit www.nuigalway.ie/network and tag yourself, tell us where you are and what you are doing, connect to former classmates and join the Global Alumni Network. Please share this with your NUI Galway classmates and via Twitter and Facebook.


Connect with classmates and NUI Galway in a fun and exciting way with the new new NUI Galway Global Alumni Network. Did you know that NUI Galway has over 90,000 graduates worldwide? The NUI Galway Global Alumni Network gives you the opportunity to tap into that network. Visit www.nuigalway.ie/network and tag yourself, tell us where you are and what you are doing, connect to former classmates and join the Global Alumni Network.

NUI Galway has developed a new website to allow you to tag your location worldwide and connect with other members of the Galway graduate community wherever they are in the world. You can tag your location in two ways, either via your Linkedin profile or via your email address and then drag the tag icon to your approximate location.

President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne says that "This is an exciting new way for graduates to connect with each other and with NUI Galway. Approximately 30,000 NUI Galway alumni have a Linkedin profile and the NUI Galway Global Alumni Network is a great way to show where our graduates are now. We hope that this will enable people to connect and re-connect and to strengthen the NUI Galway graduate community. Graduates can share the website with their contacts and we are asking all grauates to share it with at least 10 of their NUI Galway connections. It is also possible to share the Network via Twitter and Facebook. We look forward to the development of the Global Alumni Network in the years ahead."

Happy tagging!


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