London association will help promote city institute

THE association bringing together Waterford Institute of Technology alumni in Ireland and overseas has established a new London chapter.

The launch took place in the Irish embassy last night and was hosted by Ambassador David Cooney.

Joining its equivalents in Dublin and New York, the alumni association’s London chapter will bring together many of those who have graduated from the institute since it welcomed its first students in September 1969.

London chapter chairman Michael Walsh, a graduate from the school of business at Waterford, said: “While the days of forced economic migration from Ireland to the UK and US are thankfully long behind us, there is a substantial body of Waterford Institute of Technology alumni working in London, with a particular concentration in the financial services sector, which is still such a large part of the economic life of this city.”

Mr Walsh said he and his colleagues had a “shared ambition” to help advance the institute, “at which we had such a positive experience and from which we continue to draw great benefit in our careers”.

The members support the institute’s drive towards re-designation as University of the South-East.

WIT chairman Redmond O’Donoghue told the London launch that graduates were operating at the “highest levels” of companies and public bodies throughout Europe, as well as in Asia and North America. “These individuals are extremely well positioned to act as influencers on behalf of their alma mater and it is vital that our structures empower them to do so.”

As well as a social dimension, Mr O’Donoghue said the overriding aim was to promote the welfare of the institute by fostering goodwill “among key audiences by influencing the influencers”.

No group within the institute could be as effective as the alumni and friends in reaching public officials and key individuals in the private sector, “and promoting the institute’s agenda and ambition”.

According to WIT director Professor Kieran R Byrne many thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate students have studied at the institute.

“The alumni association chapter launched at the Irish embassy in London last evening will allow those now based in Britain to keep in touch with fellow alumni as well as to stay informed about what’s happening at the institute where they studied,” said Prof Byrne.

“More formal mechanisms are also being developed whereby the alumni can help to shape the institute’s future and the energy and drive apparent among our London-based alumni is hugely encouraging in this regard, ” he said.


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