Inspired by the movie ‘One Dollar A Day,’ 3rd year International Business Student at Kemmy Business School in UL, Jack O’Connor says that he was struck “to the core” when he began to understand and research the plight of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. ‘Moya Nua’ takes its name from a combination of the word 'Moyo', meaning life in the Malawian language of Chichewa, and 'Nua', meaning new in Irish Gaelic. Moya Nua is the producer of agricultural seeding planters which utilise simplified agricultural technologies that are both ergonomic and environmentally friendly for small holder farmers - one of the poorest demographics in the world. Jack’s seed planter won the national pitching competition at Enactus Ireland’s national finals and moved to win international fame where he was invited to present the project to UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, MIT Sloan School of Management at Dublin Castle. The need for and innovativeness of this project is evidenced in its success as the winner of the inaugural ‘Peace Through Trade’ competition hosted by The World Trade Centre’s Association Foundation (WTCAF). Jack O’Connor was invited to present onstage at the General Assembly to close to 500 representatives from Member World Trade Centre and their local companies. The Peace through Trade competition aims to identify and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders in World Trade Centre (WTC) cities. “The selection committee was immediately taken with the submission and we are immensely proud to name Moyo Nua as the first winner of the ‘Peace Through Trade’ competition.” “Through innovation, a steadfast commitment to sustainability, and hard work, the Moya Nua team has created a successful business that is changing the world for the better,” said Rani Dabrai, Director of WTC Dublin. “These bright young minds represent the future of business, one that is global in vision and sustainable in practice, and we congratulate them both on this well-deserved honour.” Having an article published in Forbes for the project was the icing on top for that academic year.
University of Limerick (UL) announced that it will offer 15 new four-year undergraduate scholarships to refugees and asylum seekers beginning in September 2018. This is in addition to 15 one-year Mature Student Access Certificate (MSAC) scholarships, which were first introduced last year for people living in Direct Provision. Furthermore, funding has been committed for an additional cohort in the 2019/2020 academic year, bringing the total number of Sanctuary Scholarships at UL to 60 over the next two years. UL was awarded University of Sanctuary status on World Refugee Day 2017 and announced the introduction of its Sanctuary Scholarships programme.
“UL is immensely proud of its University of Sanctuary status and is committed to continually broadening access to higher education across the entire population. We hope to enable as many students as possible who have the potential to go to university to make it there, in this case by removing insurmountable financial barriers,” said President Kerstin Mey.
“Without a scholarship, many young refugees and those young people seeking asylum and living in Direct Provision would not have the means to pay international fees to attend university in Ireland” said Dr Máiréad Moriarty, Chair of the University of Limerick's Sanctuary steering committee. According to Sikhulekile Ruth Ndlovu, an asylum seeker from Zimbabwe who has been living in Ireland since 2015 and was a Sanctuary Scholar. “I came to Ireland three years ago and I had not attended third-level education at home in Zimbabwe. There were challenges such as personal issues but with determination to better myself, I managed to graduate with a Mature Student Access Certificate (MSAC) with top grades, something I am very proud of.”
UL is a part of HOME_EU which provides a comprehensive understanding on how the Europeans stakeholders perceive, tolerate, and confront inequalities. The global aim of HOME_EU is to contribute towards the advancement of homelessness policies and practice to end homelessness in Europe. The global aim of HOME_EU is to contribute towards the advancement of the homelessness policies and practice to end homelessness in Europe. The HOME_EU project conducted research in Portugal, France, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Spain and compiled data from diverse sources such as: citizens, service users, providers, and policy actors to understand how this phenomenon is viewed and to highlight effective solutions, such as the Housing First approach. The research and comparative analyses that will result from the project will have a transnational effect on national homelessness policies and on organizational strategies to reverse the social inequality associated with long-term homelessness.