A number of UCC Academy resources are devoted to supporting the internationalisation project at UCC. Supporting the UCC International Office, we seek to extend and enhance connections worldwide, with universities and research institutes, global and local enterprise, alumni and prospective students. As one of the five key strategic goals in the University Strategic Plan 2013 – 2017, the University aims to be pre-eminent in internationalisation, external engagement and contribution to society”.

The Academy has established strong connections in internationalisation throughout the University and works closely with the International Office. The specific territories in which the Academy is engaged include Thailand & PhilipinesIndia, and The College of Medicine and Health.


Professor Patrick Fitzpatrick (Chair UCC India Strategy Group)
Ms Minakshi Batra (UCC Director India)

Patrick and Minakshi work closely with Dr Christopher Shepard (International Officer UCC and Vice-Chair, UCC India Strategy Group) and staff of the International Office, and with the UCC India Strategy Group, to develop and implement strategy for engagement with India. This is based on building relationships with first-tier universities and research institutes, enterprises and NGOS focussed on joint research and development and on staff and student movement in both directions. As a consequence of this strategy an increasing number o0f UCC researchers and students are engaging in joint projects with their Indian counterparts, while UCC has become an increasingly attractive location for Indian researcher engagement and Indian student enrolment especially at Masters and PhD levels.


Thailand & the Philippines

Gearoid McCarthy (UCC Development Manager)

Gearoid works directly with UCC’s International Office to establish and grow the profile of the university in Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam so that it becomes a preferred destination for international students from those countries; furthermore, he oversees the initiation of meaningful collaboration with top-tier universities in the region so as to help realise UCC’s broader international strategy. To date, UCC has collaboration agreements with leading universities in Thailand and Vietnam. Gearoid is currently working with a number of key stakeholders in order to support these endeavours, including UCC’s extensive alumni network, key agent partners and governmental/business contacts, in the respective countries.


College of Medicine & Health

Jean-Baptiste Maurice (International Development Manager)