Global Cities of Ireland: Economic Development through Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Cork is a city in Ireland, located in the South-West Region, in the province of Munster. Ireland's second city is first in every important respect – at least according to the locals, who cheerfully refer to it as the 'real capital of Ireland'. It's a liberal, youthful and cosmopolitan place that was badly hit by economic recession but is now busily reinventing itself with spruced-up streets, revitalised stretches of waterfront, and – seemingly – an artisan coffee bar on every corner. There's a developing hipster scene, but the best of the city is still happily traditional – snug pubs with live-music sessions, restaurants dishing up top-quality local produce, and a genuinely proud welcome from the locals. The compact city centre is set on an island in the River Lee, surrounded by interesting waterways and packed with grand Georgian avenues, cramped 17th-century alleys and modern masterpieces such as the opera house. St Patrick's St runs from St Patrick's Bridge on the North Channel of the Lee, through the city's main shopping and commercial area, to the Georgian Grand Parade, which leads to the river's South Channel. North and south of St Patrick's Street lie the city's most entertaining quarters: grids of narrow streets crammed with pubs, shops, cafes and restaurants, fed by arguably the best foodie scene in the country.
Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century, and imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. City parks include landscaped St Stephen’s Green and huge Phoenix Park, containing Dublin Zoo. The National Museum of Ireland explores Irish heritage and culture. Dublin may be a small capital, but its cosmopolitan reputation has been firmly established. Beyond its impressive collection of museums and galleries, and its choice of food from all four corners of the globe – in both restaurant and market form – this is a city that conspicuously embraces diversity and has been transformed by two decades of multiculturalism.
The Economic Development through Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program in Ireland will afford UB students an opportunity to understand the culture, companies, and communities that ignite innovation in Ireland and Buffalo, NY all while earning 3 credits for the UE 496 course. County Cork (including the Port of Cork and Cork Harbour) was chosen as the primary destination because their current efforts to effect regional economic growth via tourism are comparable to ongoing efforts in the Buffalo Niagara region. Students will meet with the government leadership and community members, visit relevant sites, and bring insights back to the Western New York region, where local community leaders are working to expand the tourism industry (historically centered around Niagara Falls) via development of Buffalo's urban waterfront.
Dublin has emerged as a hotbed for startup and technology companies. Thus, in advance of a week's visit to County Cork, UB students will spend time in Dublin to engage in creative problem-solving workshops, immersion experiences, and panel discussions with business start-ups and scale-ups, US companies with a presence in Ireland, government and community representatives, and students from Trinity College. They will also learn about Ireland's modern history (including the Easter Rising, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year), and engage in discussions about how the British exit from the European Union might impact economic development. Leveraging UB's new Blackstone LaunchPad and three existing LaunchPad sites in Ireland, students will also learn how higher education institutions are contributing to entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development in their respective regions.
Students on this program will reside in campus-affiliated apartment rentals while in Cork at the University College Cork (UCC) Castlewhite Apartments and on-campus housing while in Dublin at Trinity College.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on the term. Please note the budget sheet currently lists the summer 2017 program expenses. Summer 2018 program expenses will be posted as soon as updated information is available.
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