The University of Limerick (UL) welcomed recently re-elected President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso for a campus visit and lecture on Saturday 19th September.
During his visit to the Shannon Region, Mr Barroso took time to visit the University and speak to students and faculty. President of the University of Limerick, Prof. Don Barry welcomed Mr Barroso's visit in saying;
"The President's political priorities very much reflect our own concerns and those of many Irish people, particularly in the current global context. We are united in seeking viable and equitable solutions to the key issues we all face - economic growth and job creation, Europe's role in the world, sustainable development and climate change, to name but a few."
Speaking on the Universities tradition of European-wide collaboration and research Prof Barry said;
"The University of Limerick has been a leading institution in European matters through the pioneering BA in European Studies established in 1974. UL's Centre for European Studies is recognized by the European Union as a Centre of Excellence and our postgraduate programmes include an MA in European Integration and doctoral and post-doctoral research in European Studies."
"A considerable amount of UL's research is EU funded. The University is an active participant in many Framework projects, with total funding exceeding 146 million, ranking UL as second of all Irish institutions. This support and the network of partnerships with universities, research institutes and industries that the EC have nurtured have played a key role in broadening and strengthening a research base focused on developing Ireland's Knowledge Economy."