Summer Wu, Pastoral Care & International Administrator receive Irish Citizenship29 December 2018
Summer Wu, Pastoral Care & International Administrator recently received Irish Citizenship at a Naturalisation Ceremony in Killarney on 26th November 2018.
The ceremony, which took place at the Killarney Convention Centre, saw 3,000 new Irish citizens from over 120 different countries granted citizenship. Summer was welcomed to the ceremony and congratulated by Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, TD and Justice McGrath, highlighting the new culture that Summer and the rest of the attendees bring to the island of Ireland.
Originally from China, Summer came to Ireland in the early 2000s as part of the first group of international students ever recruited by DkIT. Speaking about coming to DkIT to study, Summer commented:
Before I came here, I did not know anything about Ireland. So my dad and I did a little research. From the research we felt that Ireland was the best choice for me, as it is a small country and is a very safe place to live and study.
I chose DkIT as I felt that because it was the first time DkIT was taking non-EU international students, that DkIT would look after us really well and also I would get to learn English.”
During her time as a student Summer studied the BSc Quality Management programme and upon graduating, she chose to stay in Ireland as she had met her future husband here.
The best memories I have of my time studying at DkIT is that every year around January/February time, the international students get to celebrate Chinese new year”, commented Summer. “And every year the college would support us. Also we get to meet Erasmus students who would like to join us and help us.”
Following her studies at DkIT, Summer subsequently became a member of staff in 2007, joining the DkIT International Office Team, administering to and supporting international students in her role as Pastoral Care & International Administrator.
Since I have completed my studies in DkIT and now being a member of staff in the college, I have never being happier in any other jobs. I love this job as I get to help new international students that come here and hopefully show them all the best things about studying and living In Dundalk”,
To find out more about the work of the International Office here at DkIT, or if you are an international student and are interested in applying to study here, visit https://www.dkit.ie/international-students/