NUIG marks World Refugee Day by announcing 12 Scholarship places

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(L-R) UCD PhD student Bulelani Mfaco and GMIT student Simba Tshoga join NUI Galway student Precious Jubane at a vigil at the Quad, NUI Galway, to mark World Refugee Day. Photo: Aengus McMahon.

Twelve scholarships for the upcoming academic year have been announced by NUI Galway for International Protection Applicants, refugees, vulnerable immigrant groups and Irish Travellers.

The announcement by the University coincided with World Refugee Day which was held on Sunday.

Over the weekend, NUI Galway’s Quadrangle building was lit with the blue of the United Nations in solidarity with those seeking international protection around the world.

Student Precious Jubane along with Imelda Byrne, Head of Access Centre, NUI Galway and Aidan Harte, Coordinator NUI Galway University of Sanctuary. Photo: Aengus McMahon.

President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said: “At the heart of NUI Galway’s values are respect and openness, and the University is proud to be in a position to support students through our University of Sanctuary scholarship programme.

“The University’s role for the public good can be seen in many strands of our work: it is particularly and profoundly meaningful when we provide opportunities for some of the more vulnerable sections of society and for people who are striving to excel.”

NUI Galway’s Youth Academy will also offer a number of free places on their July summer camps to international protection applicants, refugees, vulnerable immigrant groups and Irish Travellers to mark World Refugee Day.

The weekly summer camps will run from 12-16 July, and 19-23 July. To book a place on the summer camps, or for more information please email youthacademy@nuigalway.ie

The 12 scholarship applications for International Protection Applicants, refugees, vulnerable immigrant groups and Irish Travellers opened on Monday at 9am, and information can be found at http://www.nuigalway.ie/sanctuary/scholarships/