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TUS Scoops Top Honours at National Education Awards

Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) has taken top honours at the national Education Awards, held in the Naas, Co Kildare.

Defeating notable competitors from other universities, TUS secured the coveted Best Industry/Business – Academic Collaboration accolade for its innovative Athlone Campus Digital Speaker Series.

The success didn’t end there for TUS, as its International Office clinched a remarkable double victory by securing the Best Student Experience Award and the International Engagement Award, recognising the exceptional contributions of non-academic staff to international education within third-level institutions.

The Education Awards annually spotlight Ireland’s trailblazing educators and companies pushing the boundaries of excellence in the education sector.

The recognition of TUS’s Digital Speaker Series underscores TUS’s commitment to fostering partnerships between academia and industry.

Since its inception, the series has attracted illustrious brands such as The Coca-Cola Company, Adidas, Gym+Coffee, and TikTok, drawing over 1,500 attendees including TUS students, secondary school students, FETAC students, and local industry representatives through the Athlone Chamber of Commerce.

Dr Alison Sheridan, Head of Department, Business and Management at TUS Athlone, hailed the win as a testament to TUS’s innovative teaching approach:

“This is a wonderful endorsement of the work associated with our successful Digital Speaker series. This initiative showcases the innovative approach adopted by the department to further embed industry partners within the programme. It offers students direct exposure to industry experts and professionals to experience best practice in digital marketing while also inspiring them to pursue high profile and rewarding careers within a dynamic and competitive industry.”

TUS Global, the university’s international arm with a network of more than 200 collaborators, has recently expanded into Latin America and formed partnerships with universities in Mexico and Brazil, underscoring its dedication to fostering international collaborations, enriching the academic experience for students from diverse backgrounds.

TUS’s international offices are based in Athlone and Limerick, with international student liaison offices located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; New Delhi, India; Shanghai, China; Lagos, Nigeria; and now in Mexico City.

TUS Vice President for International Donnacha McNamara said, “We are deeply honoured to receive these two prestigious awards from the Education Awards 2024 Ireland. This recognition reaffirms our conscious decision last year to invest in ensuring our student experience was a priority for the TUS team. We are dedicated to providing exceptional education and experiences for our students, both locally and internationally.”

Maynooth’s Virtual Labs Team, of which TUS is a member, also took home an award, securing the Best Collaboration Title.

TUS was also nominated for Best International Collaboration Project and Career Impact Strategy Award.


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