FOUR Mid-Ulster students have been selected to study for a year in the US.
Magherafelt students Aaron Lupari and Melissa Lee have been selected to study along with Cookstown students Eleanor Cairnduff and Ciara Rushe in the prestigious Study USA programme.
This week Aaron, Melissa, Eleanor and Ciara received last minute advice and information at the induction orientation in Belfast, before preparing to spend a year in the US.
The British Council, which is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, manages Study USA on behalf of the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL). The students will study business & management for a year in American colleges, across 32 States, where they will gain valuable international experience and business knowledge which will help to develop their management and leadership skills for their return to Northern Ireland and future careers.
The four students are part of a group of 72 Northern Ireland students who were chosen for the scholarships after undergoing a competitive selection process to take part in the prestigious programme. Around 250 students from all colleges and universities in Northern Ireland had applied for the programme earlier in the year.
Speaking about the programme, David Alderdice, Director British Council Northern Ireland stated:
“We know that the students departing for the US this year will be great ambassadors for Northern Ireland and will help to further long-term links and connections between our two countries. The students will have the opportunity to learn from leading experts in their field and their future employability will be enhanced through internships, Ambassadorial presentations, and volunteer work in a really international context. Most importantly, our students will build links with counterparts in the United States that will last a lifetime.”