The European Dimension in Irish Education after Brexit

A National Symposium at the University of Limerick, 10-11 May 2022, will address the issue of the European dimension in all levels of Irish education.

The National Symposium on the European dimension in Irish education is led by Professor Joachim Fischer, Jean Monnet Chair in European Cultural Studies, Senior Lecturer in German, School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, University of Limerick.

Brexit has created a new situation for Ireland politically and economically. Since 2016, this has led to an intensification of direct links with other EU member states and a more comprehensive engagement with the European Union.

In order to generate a necessary assessment and a comprehensive debate about the place of Europe within Irish education, the Centre for European Studies at the University of Limerick is organizing a Symposium addressing the issue of the European dimension in all levels of Irish education.

While the main focus will be on second and third levels, the Symposium will also extend to older citizens beyond the formal education system, in line with the principle of lifelong learning. The Symposium will also offer a forum where innovative projects from Ireland and other EU member states will be presented in order to chart the future for European Studies in Irish education.

Students, Teachers, Policymakers
The programme will be of particular interest to students, teachers, policymakers and anyone concerned with Ireland’s place in Europe. The 50+ speakers from Ireland and other EU member states will include representatives from all key organizations involved in teaching European Studies and European languages. Thomas Byrne, Minister of State for European Affairs, and Niall Collins, Minister of State at the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, will also address the Symposium.

The Symposium is organized in cooperation with:
Office of the Minister for European Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs;
Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science;
Higher Education Authority, International section;
European Parliament Liaison Office, Dublin;
European Commission Representation, Dublin;
Irish Humanities Alliance;
Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies;
University of Limerick UL50;
Embassy of France in Dublin.

The Symposium will take place on 10 and 11 May 2022 at the University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School, KBG-12. It is an in-person event, and it will also be live-streamed at

Easy Access Online
The Symposium is open to anyone interested – you can drop in, listen and discuss, without being registered.

The full programme is available at:

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