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Gov. Phil Murphy signs one of three academic memorandums of understanding in Dublin. (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe).

New Jerseyan and Irish institutions sign three academic memorandums of understanding

Murphy, Choose NJ leaders lead signing ceremony

By Joey Fox, April 25 2022 11:34 am

DUBLIN – As part of their joint economic development trip to Ireland, Gov. Phil Murphy and Choose NJ CEO Wesley Mathews today presided over the signing of three memorandums of understanding between New Jersey- and Ireland-based academic, real estate, and startup institutions.

“This is pretty darn special,” Murphy said at the signing ceremony. “I’m incredibly honored to witness not one, not two, but three exciting new partnerships which are going to draw the futures of New Jersey and Ireland even closer together.”

One memorandum is between New Jersey City University (NJCU) and the Galway-based Atlantic Technical University (ATU); another is between NJCU and the startup accelerator Guinness Enterprise Center; and the third is between ATU, Choose New Jersey, and the New Brunswick Development Corporation. The memorandums will variously involve the sharing of faculty, students, office space, and knowledge among the institutions.

“This is powerful stuff, folks,” Murphy said. “And the reason why we know it’s powerful is because we’ve done these before, and we’ve seen the legs they take on.”

Earlier today, the governor announced a deal with the Irish service station operator Applegreen and hosted a roundtable to convince other companies to join Applegreen in New Jersey; his three-day trip to Ireland also includes a number of cultural visits and events, as well as diplomatic meetings with the U.S. Ambassador and the Irish prime minister.

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