The German Ambassador to Ireland Cord Meier-Klodt made a visit to IT Sligo recently as part of a tour of Sligo and the northwest. The Ambassador who was appointed in July was accompanied by his wife Gladys. During their visit they were welcomed by IT Sligo President, Dr Brendan McCormack and Governing Body Chair; Niall O’Donnellan. He later met with students, staff and representatives of the Students Union and the Sligo German community.
The Ambassador was given a tour of the campus with presentations from Jacqueline McCormack on Online Learning, and Una Parsons on the collaborative programmes the Faculty of Engineering & Design work on with German Universities.
Ambassador Meier-Klodt said he was impressed with the high standards at IT Sligo:
“I would like to warmly thank President Brendan McCormack and his highly motivated team for a truly memorable first visit at IT Sligo. As a diplomat, I have often stood in front of the German Coat of Arms, yet never did a real eagle sit on my shoulder. My wife (herself a trained microbiologist) and I were impressed by the high scientific standard of the Institute and the extensive international students network, including strong links with Germany. Here is an example where a successful third level educational institution not only made it through the pandemic, but managed to turn the lessons learned and new opportunities to its advantage.”
President of IT Sligo, Dr Brendan McCormack added: “We are delighted the Ambassador visited our campus with his wife Gladys and we look forward to building stronger relationships and collaborations with Germany over the coming year.”
Photo: German Ambassador Cord Meier-Klodt with his wife Gladys and Sligo‘s famous birdman Lothar Muschketat.