Belfast Telegraph

US envoy praises ‘excellent’ QUB

Us special economic envoy Declan Kelly visited Queen’s University yesterday and praised the university’s record on producing “smart” business graduates.

He also gave a positive assessment of the future of Northern Ireland’s private sector during a speech and question and answer session with 90 students of Queen’s Management School.

His visit also included a meeting with senior representatives from Craigavon-based pharmaceutical company Almac and Invest Northern Ireland to finalise plans for a visit to the US next month as part of a trade mission during St Patrick's week.

Professor Peter Gregson, president and Vice-Chancellor, said Queen’s had recently been named UK’s Entrepreneurial University of the Year for its work in equipping future business leaders with the skills to promote prosperity in Northern Ireland.

He added: “Mr Kelly’s visit will enable us to take this process a step further, by sharing insights into entrepreneurship and how we can further enhance our impact on Northern Ireland through wealth creation, cutting-edge research and productive global connections.”

Mr Kelly praised the local skills base. “Investment commitments in Northern Ireland from world-leading companies such as the recent announcement by New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Technologies, part of NYSE Euronext, are underpinned by a confidence in the region’s skills base.”

The former chairman of Financial Dynamics said he never made a speech about Northern Ireland as a location for investment without mentioning Queen’s. “As I continue to work to try to bring Northern Ireland to the attention of the US business community, I am helped by the academic and research excellence that is very evident at Queen’s University.

“Its commitment to entrepreneurialism education and its strategic commercial linkages, such as its collaboration in the life sciences field with the Almac Group, can greatly assist Northern Ireland’s competitive advantage in attracting more high-value, wealth-creating jobs.”

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