The first meeting of alumni and
friends of Queen’s University Belfast met at the Agua Restaurant last Thursday.
What began as a chance remark over
a beer at Hammerheads some months ago, culminated in a wonderful social evening
In fact, the turnout was so good
that the participants have decided to formalise the group as QUBCayman with its
next meeting to be held in a few months.
The event was organised as part of
an internationalisation campaign for the university.
There are now 3,000 staff teaching
17,000 students, 1,200 of whom go to Northern Ireland from over 70 countries.
There are over 100,000 Queen’s
Alumni worldwide. With their help, it is hoped that the Universities’ reputation
as an international powerhouse of learning will be enhanced.
Apart from the social aspect,
another objective of last Thursday’s event was to ask for alumni assistance in
raising the profile of the university as a viable alternative to both locals
and ex-pats for the tertiary education of their children. Queens is also a
world class centre for post-graduate education, as well as a celebrated centre
for post-graduate education. A leadership institute is due for completion by
2011, accommodating 4,000 students.
Queen’s networking groups already
operate on the east and west coasts of the United States, Canada and Malaysia.
Others are planned in various geographic regions but this is the first group in
Academically, Queen’s is now a member
of the UK’s Top 20 research-intensive institutions.
Regarding medicine, the school is
also said to be building on its internationally renowned achievements by
creating a world-leading medical school and institute of health sciences, in
addition to being recognised as one of the most prestigious centres for the
research of sustainable or “green” chemistry.
After many upgrades at the
University including a new library, restoration and sports facilities, the
current campaign is to develop the Riddel Hall site as a world class centre for
post graduate education, with high-level programmes for professional
development across the private and public sectors.
With direct flights to Belfast and
Dublin through Newark with Continental Airlines, Queens has become the even
more accessible from the Cayman Islands.
It is situated in what is described
by alumni as a, “great geographic location with the lowest cost of living in
Britain and Ireland.”
The university also has a wide
range of available scholarships and outstanding extra-curricular activities.