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University of Sanctuary

Aideen O’Byrne – Believing in People and Their Potential

Following a chance encounter at a conference in DCU, Aideen O’Byrne discovered and became a supporter of DCU’s University of Sanctuary Programme. Aideen is an Executive Coach who works to empower senior leaders and high potentials to undertake their desired professional and personal transformation. Currently based in Singapore, although planning to return to Ireland full-time in...
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Finding Sanctuary: Anne’s Story

Anne came to Ireland from Nigeria to seek asylum in 2016. She has lived in the direct provision system since that time and in 2017, she began her MSc in Management of Operations through DCU Connected, with support from DCU’s University of Sanctuary initiative. “Moving alone to a country with a different culture can be...
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University of Sanctuary

Dublin City University’s designation as Ireland’s first ‘University of Sanctuary’ is a point of great pride for a university community that has long been committed to transforming lives and societies. The refugee crisis in Europe of recent years has posed serious challenges in terms of the role and response of a modern, engaged, European university....
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A Second Chance in Life – Sisa’s Story

Sisa Bhebhe came to Ireland from Zimbabwe in 2013 as an asylum seeker. In September 2018, Sisa was able to commence a degree in Accounting and Finance at DCU, thanks to a University of Sanctuary Scholarship supported by Ornua. In this piece she explains what this opportunity has meant to her. “I am a big...
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Shepherd’s Story

Shepherd moved to Ireland in 2007 from Zimbabwe, fleeing political persecution and violence under the regime of Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party. Shepherd had lived in the town of Gweru for his entire life. He was happily working as a salesperson selling industrial equipment and protective clothing whilst raising two children with his girlfriend,...
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