Monthly Archives: October 2011

NUI Galway graduate elected President of Ireland

Congratulations to NUI Galway graduate and former lecturer Michael D. Higgins, who has been elected President of Ireland.

Check out this video of his visit to NUI Galway during the election campaign.


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Student Volunteering

Volunteering at NUI GalwayStudent volunteering is at the heart of the student experience at NUI Galway, and with more than 2,000 registered volunteers, we are recognised as Ireland’s leading university for student volunteering.

In fact, last year our student and staff volunteers gave over 95,000 hours of voluntary service and raised just under half a million euro in charity work.

What is volunteering?

Volunteering is giving your time to a community. For an hour a week you can get involved in a homework club, befriend a person with a disability, visit the elderly, play with children in hospitals, plant an organic garden or mentor a fellow student…the list is endless!

How can international students at NUI Galway student volunteer?

ALIVE (A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience) is NUI Galway’s flagship student volunteering programme. The ALIVE database features over 100 hundred volunteering programmes both in Ireland and overseas and each year the University hosts a volunteering fair as well as workshops aimed at promote opportunities for students to get involved.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to contribute directly to a worthy cause and in return you can also gain important personal and employability skills, including communication skills, teamwork skills and presentation skills to name but a few.

Volunteering at NUI GalwayProviding demonstrated evidence of transferable skills at an interview or on an application form can help you to stand out from the crowd when it comes to securing a job after graduation.

Where can I find out more?

For a complete list of volunteering opportunities and some helpful advice and tips, log on to the ALIVE website at

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Chinese National Day Celebration at NUI Galway

The Chinese Scholars and Students Association at NUI Galway held an event at Aras na Mac Leinn on the occasion of Chinese National Day to welcome new students to NUI Galway

Chinese National Day at NUI Galway

Chinese National Day at NUI Galway

The event was attended by new and current students as well as members of the Chinese community living in Galway.

Chinese National Day at NUI Galway

Chinese National Day at NUI Galway

The celebration included a buffet dinner followed by singing and dance performances

Chinese National Day

Chinese National Day

NUI Galway has a strong tradition of links with China and has welcomed Chinese students to study in Ireland for many years.
NUI Galway has amongst the largest number of graduates in China of any Irish university, many working as senior academics in faculties of China’s top universities.

The growing network of NUI Galway graduates in China plays an important role in reinforcing our research links with some of China’s leading universities, including Tsinghua University, Beijing Institute of Technology and Harbin Institute of Technology.

Download the Chinese Student Guide or visit our Chinese website for more information.

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Our favourite YouTube videos featuring Galway (part 2)

The Aran Islands lie off the coast of Galway and are a ‘must do’ for any students studying abroad in Ireland

Galway is famous for its Irish music pubs, and with so many to choose from you can catch a session any night of the week

Water-based sports such as kayaking, sailing, rowing (crew) and scuba diving are some of the most popular sports clubs at NUI Galway and with a riverside campus on the edge of the Atlantic ocean, it’s easy to see why.

The Volvo Ocean Race will finish in Galway next summer (2012). 2009’s stopover was one of the largest outdoor sporting events ever held in Ireland.

… and finally for now, a charming walk through Galway’s streets

If you enjoyed these clips, then make sure you check out our earlier post, Our favourite YouTube videos featuring Galway (part 1) and Our favourite YouTube videos featuring Galway (part 3)


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