The 4th Form Geology class took part in a ‘speed dating’ activity with MLAs and Northern Ireland Assembly researchers on Tuesday morning.The pupils were teamed up with a Post-graduate ‘buddy’ from the Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology School in QUB.In 2011, it increased to 47 and, now, between 90-100 students go abroad every year, for between two and four weeks.
Recent school-leavers starting a one-year course in GTI this month will have their passports stamped before their course finishes, thanks to Erasmus .
In seven short years since GTI deputy principal John Mc Loughlin went off to Prague to learn more about travel abroad opportunites, the college has grown to be the largest provider of Erasmus placements in the further education sector in Ireland.
Getting an Erasmus placement is not automatic and students must apply and go through a competitive process.
Some 12 of the recenty enrolled elite soccer class will head to Glasgow next month, in a link up with New College Lanarkshire, where they will be hosted by former Celtic player and manager David Hay, with a much anticipated visit to the hallowed grounds of Celtic Park thrown in.
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The event was covered by the media, with an article and photograph appearing in the Belfast Telegraph.