TSSG Master by Research student Himanshu Dadheech, form India, has been with TSSG since the start of 2012. Since he arrived in Ireland he has acted as an International Student Amdassador for India under a programme run by Education in Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. As part of the programme he writes his views on the Irish education system, industry collaboration, Irish life, travelling in Ireland and being an Indian in Ireland in form of a blog published at http://blog.educationinireland.com/our-ambassadors/india/himanshu-dadheech-waterford-institute-of-technology/. Last month Himanshu and his fellow ambassadors were recognised for their work by the Minister for Education, Mr Ruairí Quinn and the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. The following is a summary of the event from Himanshu:
There are a few very important questions for an international student to ask himself apart from what to study:
- Why should I go out far away from my home to study?
- What would I gain in terms of International exposure?
- Is it totally worth spending my time and money for international experience apart from studies?
Well, for me, answers to all these questions were found in one day. The big day of my life when I met the President of Ireland, Honorable Micheal D. Higgins at his official residence Áras An Uachtaráin and got awarded as an International Student Ambassador from India for promoting Irish Higher Education. This is what I had never thought of as part of international exposure to me being an international student at TSSG in Waterford Institute of Technology.
I am an appointed Student Ambassador form India by Education in Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. My major role is to write and communicate my experiences as a student to all the present or prospective students worldwide. As a part of this program, I have written my views on education system, industry collaboration, Irish life, travelling in Ireland and being an Indian in Ireland in form of blogs published in http://blog.educationinireland.com/our-ambassadors/india/himanshu-dadheech-waterford-institute-of-technology/. Being an extrovert I am always keen to express myself to others and share my experiences for the benefit of others.
It was the day of 19th April, 2013 which made my stay in Ireland worthwhile. An award ceremony for International Student Ambassadors was held that day by Enterprise Ireland at Department of Education and Skills. I was awarded International Student Ambassador in appraisal of my efforts to share my experience and communicating with prospective students of Ireland throughout the year. I met the Education and Skills minister of Ireland Mr. Ruairí Quinn and exchanged a few words of wisdom with him. After that we were taken to Áras An Uachtaráin as special guests by the invitation of The President himself.
The amazing view of aristocracy and being a delegate in the highest house of the country is a feeling which is beyond words. The honourable president himself greeted us for special photo session and then for high tea. I would have never known this great gentleman and his poetic and linguistic knowledge without being face to face with him. He was eager to talk to us and have our views on the education system and life in Ireland. I feel myself privileged being able to talk to him in person and ask him some words of advice for future of higher studies and students in Ireland.
In true sense I got the glimpse of international exposure in one day and I feel myself very lucky and rare to be acknowledged by The President himself for my work in Ireland. I believe that if you are willing to get something then there are lot of chances floating in the air for everybody, it needs attitude and will to work and it is possible that some day you may stand side by side to the highest authority of the world having a sip of coffee and exchanging words of wisdom.
International Student Ambassador from India