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GUA News: Return to our Roots

The Global Undergraduate Award Summit, has always been a prestigious event recognising outstanding research achievements at the undergraduate level, and this year it is set to make a triumphant return to its roots with the inclusion of an All-Ireland Ceremony in the proceedings. Scheduled for November 13th, 2024 in Dublin, this exciting development marks a significant milestone in the history of the Summit, reaffirming its commitment to fostering global collaboration while celebrating the exceptional talent emerging from Irish universities.

The Global Undergraduates Awards was initially founded in 2008 as an all-Ireland programme expanding in 2012 to accept submissions from the top students at universities all over the world. Since then the Global Undergraduate Awards and Summit has served as a platform to honour and showcase the exemplary research work of undergraduate students from around the world. Today it is synonymous with excellence, providing a unique opportunity for young scholars to connect, collaborate, and inspire one another.

With the re-introduction of the All-Ireland event, the Summit aims to shine a spotlight on the rich tapestry of academic talent within the Emerald Isle. This year's event will feature a dedicated Award Ceremony to recognise homegrown future leaders, along with their supervisors and institutions, for their outstanding contributions to their various fields of study.

"We are thrilled to announce the return of an All-Ireland Ceremony to the Global Undergraduate Award Summit this year," said Jim Barry, Chairperson of the Global Undergraduate Awards, "This decision reflects our deep appreciation for the remarkable research achievements of Irish undergraduate students and the commitment to quality from our local universities as a destination for international learners, researchers and innovators. This year’s proceedings underscore our commitment to supporting and nurturing the next generation of scholars with talent and innovation at the heart of Ireland’s global footprint."

The inclusion of the All-Ireland Award Ceremony not only celebrates the academic prowess of Irish students and their universities but also aligns with our well established, long standing partnership with the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland alongside our recent strategic alliance with the Republic of Ireland's Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science’s, on their talent and innovation strategy, Global Citizens 2030. We are firmly committed to integrating academic excellence into initiatives that drive internationalisation and innovation across the economy, tertiary education, and the labour market. In addition to fostering global citizenship and talent development, while creating a dynamic landscape for future advancements and progress for all.

"We believe that by celebrating the accomplishments of our young scholars, we can inspire others to pursue their academic passions and make a positive impact on society," added Dr. Garret Maher, Executive Director of the Global Undergraduate Awards. "We look forward to welcoming all local participants, their supervisors, institutional heads and supporters to this year's Summit as we come together to celebrate the power of undergraduate research and innovation in Ireland and beyond."

The Global Undergraduate Awards are still accepting submissions for the 2024 season, deadline for entries is June 7th. The GUA Summit 2024 promises to be a landmark event, celebrating the winners of the Thomas Clarkson Medal along with the best and brightest minds from Ireland and beyond.