Irish Ambassador to Visit Burlington and Champlain College

Champlain College, together with the Vermont Council on World Affairs (VCWA), will be hosting the Irish Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Michael Collins and the Irish Consul General, Michael Lonergan for two days for a series of talks and events.

The Ambassador has been invited to the Queen City as part of VCWA's "Ambassadors Series" and also to highlight Champlain College's connection with Dublin and Ireland. Since 2008 approximately 300 Champlain College students have studied at Champlain College's Dublin campus as part of the College's "Study Abroad" program. Champlain College has been very fortunate to have two faculty members from their Dublin campus visit and teach here at the Burlington campus.

On Thursday, Oct. 4, Champlain College and the Vermont Council on World Affairs will co-host a presentation by the Ambassador titled "Ireland's Economic Turnaround - The Story So Far" which will address the economic turnaround of a small economy in the globalized world. The event will be held in Champlain College's Alumni Auditorium at 375 Maple Street in Burlington and will begin at 5 p.m.

Prior to his presentation, Ambassador Collins will be available for a "Meet and Greet" session on Oct. 4 at 3:45 p.m., which will feature Irish music and dance. The Champlain College community, as well as the general public, is encouraged to stop by the Hauke Conference Room on the Champlain campus to meet the Ambassador in this more informal setting.

As part of the events scheduled during his visit, His Excellency, Michael Collins, along with Champlain College students, will meet with management of local corporations. "Having off-campus events will allow students to meet local business leaders as well as the Ambassador," said Ciaran Buckley, current visiting professor from Champlain College's Dublin campus. "The on-campus events later in the afternoon and on Friday will showcase Champlain College in Burlington as well as our campuses in Dublin and Montreal" he added.

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit