June 23, 2006

NORTH-WEST EDUCATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR

Friday 23 June 2006
Council Chamber, Magee College, University of Ulster

On Friday 23 June, on the Magee campus of the University of Ulster, the Centre facilitated a seminar on behalf of the North/South Ministerial Council to hear the views of the higher and further education and business sectors on the education, skills and workplace development challenges in the North West. The seminar explored ways to enhance the contribution of the sectors to tackling these challenges, particularly through cross-border co-operation. The seminar was co-chaired by Dr Aideen McGinley, Permanent Secretary, Department for Employment and Learning, and Ms Brigid McManus, Secretary General, Department of Education and Science.

PROGRAMME

10.30 am Refreshments and Registration
11.00 Opening by North/South Ministerial Council Joint Secretaries
11.05 Dr Aideen McGinley, Permanent Secretary, Department for Employment and Learning – Opening Comments
11.15 Education and Skills Development in the North West – an Introduction: Mr Seamus Murphy, Director, North West Institute of Further and Higher Education, and Mr Paul Hannigan, Director, Letterkenny Institute of Technology
11.45 Business Perspectives: Mr Henry McGarvey, Managing Director, Pramerica, Letterkenny; Ms Anne-Marie Slavin, President, Londonderry Chamber of Commerce; Mr Gerry Kindlon, Senior Director, Seagate Technologies, Derry.
12.30 pm Lunch
13.45 Facilitated workshop discussions
14.45 Final plenary session, chaired by Mr Andy Pollak, Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies
15.15 Ms Brigid McManus, Secretary General, Department of Education and Science – Closing Comments
15.25 Closing remarks by North/South Ministerial Council Joint Secretaries

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