News and Events

  • UCC marks enhanced engagement on global issues through its Centre for Global Development

    16 Nov
    UCC marks enhanced engagement on global issues through its Centre for Global Development

    The Centre for Global Development held a Reception in UCC on 14th November, attended by UCC staff and representatives of external agencies. The Reception was held to underline UCC’s strong commitment to harnessing the expertise and enthusiasm of UCC staff and students to address major global challenges, and to emphasise the importance of the CGD in fulfilling UCC’s aims, as expressed in the recently launched Strategic Plan 2017-2022.

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  • Student Poster Competition on Global Development Themes

    14 Nov
    Student Poster Competition on Global Development Themes

    The CGD issued an invitation to students interested in global development to submit a poster describing their activities, which could relate to research, campaigning, volunteering or other ways students engage with development. In launching this competition the CGD aimed to bring such student activities to a wider audience. A diverse number of posters were submitted and displayed at the UCC International Development Showcase event on 10th November.

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  • Meeting and Reception for all Staff

    01 Nov
    Meeting and Reception for all Staff

    You are cordially invited to a meeting of the CGD Assembly (any staff in UCC with an interest in international/global development) on Thursday 9th November at 4pm – 5 pm in the Council Room. Dr Nick Chisholm, Director of the CGD, will make a brief presentation on the Centre followed by an open discussion where we are seeking your views on potential priority areas that the CGD might address. The meeting will be followed by a Reception in the Staff Common Room from 5pm, to which you are all invited.

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  • UCC to start project in Ethiopia on watershed ecosystem adaptation

    09 Nov
    UCC to start project in Ethiopia on watershed ecosystem adaptation

    UCC’s Department of Food Business and Development is entering into a partnership with the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), Mekelle University Ethiopia, and Teagasc to implement a three-year action research project in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, funded by Irish Aid Ethiopia with additional support to the project through Teagasc Walsh Fellowships. The project will be focussed on the Gergera watershed, which in the past has experienced substantial natural resource degradation and out-migration.

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  • Sustainable Development Goals Book

    06 Nov
    Sustainable Development Goals  Book

    At the Cork Life Centre we are fortunate to work with a group of young people who are thoughtful, considerate and socially conscious-it takes little encouragement to engage them in topics or projects involving the goal and idea of making our world a better place to live. This October staff and students produced a book on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals with a student and a staff member responding to each of the goals and their importance in our lives.

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  • IMPACT Project 2016-2017

    01 Nov
    IMPACT Project 2016-2017

    The ‘IMPACT Project’ (usIng Mobile Phones for Assessing, Classifying and Treating sick children) is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Information Systems (IS) experts including Dr. Ciara Heavin, Dr. Yvonne O’Connor, Dr. Grace Kenny and Mr. Emmanuel Eze from the Health Information Systems Research Centre (HISRC), University College Cork, Ireland, and Dr. Eddy Ndibuagu from the Department of Community Medicine, Parklane Teaching Hospital, Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT), Enugu, Nigeria. IMPACT is focused on assessing the feasibility of a mobile health solution (mHealth) at the level of community healthcare in Enugu State, Nigeria.
    As part of this project, two research visits to Enugu, Nigeria have been undertaken to date. In doing so, the research team have acquired excellent insights into the feasibility of deploying a leading edge mHealth solution (IMPACT) using robust secure cloud-based data storage in a rural community, where the reliability of technical infrastructure is a challenge.


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  • Water quality programme draws students from 12 countries

    26 Oct
    Water quality programme draws students from 12 countries

    The UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre at UCC has attracted students from 12 countries for its new Postgraduate Diploma in Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment.

    The new, online programme, which runs over two years, has recruited 20 students from 10 African countries and two Caribbean countries.

    Developed with funding to the UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, a Centre of the School of BEES and the ERI, the programme aims to support countries in establishing or improving their freshwater quality monitoring systems.

    “We have been both surprised and extremely pleased to see the level of interest from low-income countries in this new online programme. For most of our students this is a totally new approach to learning, but they are enthusiastic and keen to take on the challenge,” said Dr Deborah V Chapman, Director, UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, UCC.

    The new Postgraduate Diploma has been developed after consultation with low-income countries, primarily in Africa, and in Latin America and the Caribbean, about their needs to improve national efforts to monitor freshwater quality.

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