Five years from now…

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.” – William Butler Today is the last day of our trip! Everyone was very sad to leave Ireland and each other. No more Siroos breakfasts, no more Wild Rover bus naps, no more Griffith College and CAPA, no more Warhol soup cans, no more…

To Invest or Not Invest

Hello! The past day was filled with presentations and class time. We were fortunate enough to have Raymond Bowe from IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Authority) speak to us. He was extremely knowledgeable, with over 30 years of experience in his industry. IDA is responsible for the attraction and retention of inward foreign direct investment (FDI) into…

A Workday in Dublin

Hello! Another day, another adventure. We had a site visit at Workday, which was voted as one of the top companies to work for in Ireland and globally. Workday offers enterprise-level software solutions for financial management, human resources, and planning. I really liked the visit because the workplace truly cared about their employees. Just look…

Docklands with Doc Kelley

Hi! Today was so busy, I think my feet might fall off. I walked over 26,000 steps! I also was getting sick and feverish; I thought I would faint at one point but I took some medicine. Lesson: always be prepared for the unexpected such as getting sick. Today we had class time, and then…

A Day of Exploration

Hello! Today was a free day full of exploring and unexpected adventures! First, we took the train to a harbor town of Howth. It reminded me so much of Boston near its harbor. It was a gorgeous little town and had completely different vibes than both Dublin and Galway (but Galway remains my favorite so…

I want Moher of Ireland

Hello! Today was a very busy day in Ireland. We essentially hit the hottest tourist spots all in one day! Good thing our coach bus was comfortable, and everyone kept napping every other minute. At 6am, bright and early we hit Cliffs of Moher which were an indescribable experience. The weather was absolutely perfect and…

Innovation and Ireland

Today’s site visit was to Eaton, which is a multinational power management company. Planes. Hospitals. Factories. Data centers. Vehicles. The electrical grid. Most of these places around the world are all managed and sourced by Eaton. So no big deal or anything! Our main goal was to talk about innovation. We were fortunate to meet…

Almost got hit by an Irish car

Hello! Today was a busy day with two site visits to FoodCloud and Croke Park. Before I start, if you’re wondering about the title, then yes it is true. I was just a poor lad trying to stay somewhat dry while buckets of rain were pouring down. I was looking down so it was lowkey…

Finally Arrived!

Today, we finally arrived in Dublin! Although we were all very tired and jet-lagged after a 7 hour flight, we attended our first site visit at Enterprise Ireland with a positive attitude. Enterprise Ireland is a government organization that helps the development and growth of Irish startups in a global, world market. They partner up…

Escape Charlotte

Hello! Day 2 in Charlotte was packed. First we did a 2 hour tour of the city, which was very informational. At night, all 15 of us went to an escape room. I’ve always wanted to try one, so I was so excited. Each room had 5 people, and my team was Abbey, Keith, John,…

“Ambiguity”

Ambiguity: the quality of being open to more than one interpretation; inexactness. When I first signed up for the Plus3 Ireland trip, little did I know how much this word would mean for our trip! I knew innovation and technology was our focus, but so far ambiguity has hit us hard. During our [9+ hour]…

Irish it was May already!

Hi everyone! My name is Michelle Lao and I am a junior at Pitt Business. Today, I am introducing myself on a personal and academic level. I’m from Upper St Clair, which is a suburb of Pittsburgh. I’ve lived in the 412 my whole life and I’m still not sick of it. It’s a sign…

Meet Plus3 Ireland 2019!

Welcome to the Ireland Plus3 Transfer Study Abroad Program! During their two week program in Dublin, Ireland, students will explore globalization through the technology and innovation industries. Plus3 Transfer participants will have the chance to be immersed in Irish culture through the trip. The main academic portion of the Plus3 Transfer program features visits to…