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02-11-2010

Sligo students to visit European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday

On Thursday, students from the Institute of Technology in Sligo will visit the European Parliament in Brussels, as part of a field trip to examine the role of EU social policy in the context of diversity, ethnicity, interculturalism and anti-discrimination.  The students are studying Applied Social Care in Sligo and are participating in a module entitled 'Europe, Exclusion and Ethnicity'.  During their visit to the Parliament, they will be addressed by Independent MEP Marian Harkin.

During their stay, they will visit other EU institutions, a number of leading NGOs and campaigning organisations and participate in a European Social Platform conference on the theme of Care in Europe.

Dr John Pender, Senior Lecturer in EU Social Policy at Sligo IT, will accompany the students.  He said that 'opportunities for students to visit key policy-making actors developing critical social policies at the European level are invaluable.'  He said that 'we are most grateful to the European Parliament for making this aspect of the student learning experience happen.'

 

For further information, please contact Eimear Ní Bhroin, Press Officer, at eimear.nibhroin@europarl.europa.eu or 086 8559423.

Visit the website of the Institute of Technology in Sligo