President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address students in Ireland at colleges and universities via video link on November 16. He has previously delivered similar live broadcasts to students in the US and UK.
In addition to the speech, Mr. Zelensky will participate in a question and answer session.
The request for the event was made to the Ministry of Continuing Education and Higher Education through the Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland, Gerasko Larysa.
The broadcast is made possible with the support of the Federal Foreign Office.
It will beam to all colleges, but questions will only be accepted from students at one location, likely Maynooth University.
Students from polytechnics are expected to be invited to transfer to their nearest college.
Secretary for Further Education and Higher Education Simon Harris said it was “so important that the next generation hear directly from the President of a country experiencing an illegal invasion, but also from a President who champions democracy, freedom and European values “.
About 500 Ukrainian students have enrolled in college courses in Ireland, while others may apply for Springboard, the program that provides college places for the unemployed.
Just over 260 Ukrainians are completing Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) programs. In addition, 87 Ukrainian researchers are registered in Ireland.
A number of Ukrainian academics have moved to Ireland. Last month, UCC welcomed five to its Sanctuary Fellowship Scheme, which supports academics and higher education staff at risk from conflict or other serious human rights abuses.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/ukrainian-president-volodymyr-zelensky-to-address-irish-students-over-video-link-42065782.html Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to Irish students via video link