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Niagara University has expanded its study-abroad program to include Ireland.

Beginning in their spring 2000 semester, three Niagara University students will travel to Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland, to participate in Quest Campus, a program that aims to create a global university campus. More students are expected to participate in the fall.

"The program, which is open to all majors at Niagara University, is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about partnerships and the impact they can make in and beyond their own communities," said Bernadette Brennan-Hilts, Niagara's study-abroad coordinator.

Quest Campus was founded in 1997 and was designed by the Atlantic Corridor, an alliance that seeks to facilitate trade and international business development among Western New York, southern Ontario and the Midland and Lower Bann regions of Ireland.

The program was first piloted by Daemen College in the spring of 1999.

In addition to their studies, students may participate in internships and tour various cultural and business sites in Ireland.

"These opportunities will allow for not only the exchange of cultures, but the business skills that are necessary for successful interaction with European businesses," said the Rev. Francis Prior, C.M., Niagara University vice president emeritus.

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