2018 Scholarship Recipients

Susan Butler – University College Cork 

Susan ButlerSusan Butler has recently finished her Arts International Degree in French & Psychology from University College Cork. This year she was awarded the Employability Star Award for 2017-2018 for her work in the volunteer internship with Green Campus and her role as Climate Ambassador with An Taisce and the Dept of Communications, Climate Actions and the Environment. Susan is also an alum of the Washington Ireland Program and interned in a Human Rights office on Capitol Hill last summer. She has been an active member of SUAS during her years in UCC and plays hockey for the college also. In September, she will be  starting a Masters in International Public Policy and Diplomacy.

Future Ambition: “To work with the Department of Foreign Affairs in creating strong links between Ireland and the rest of the world or to work in Education Policy to ensure that all children have equal access to education and opportunities.”



Finn Connolly- Dublin City University 

Finn Connolly is a student of International Business and Chinese at Dublin City University. Finn studied Chinese in Beijing in his transition year of secondary school. He is also the founding member of the Student Council of the Irish China Business Association, which is dedicated to connecting students with both Irish and Chinese enterprises.

Active on campus in DCU, Finn was a member of both the AIESEC and Enactus societies as well as a keen golfer and rugby player. Currently in third year Finn will continue studying in Beijing after the course as part of his degree.

Future Ambition: “I would like to work in business development for an international company.”



Pauric Cunningham- University College Dublin 

Pauric is 21 years old from Donegal, finishing his Bachelor of Commence in UCD, specialising in International Business.  Pauric has experience in construction recruitment with 3D Personnel Ltd., responsible for managing a portion of recruitment and selection activities. Pauric decided to apply for the IUA China Scholarship as I believe it will compliment his degree, with practical international work experience and competency in the Chinese Language.

Pauric believes China is an amazing country and he is eager to learn more about the country and the language.

Future Ambition: “Gaining employment in China or facilitating trade between China and Ireland would be one of my biggest ambitions. Learning Mandarin and building relations between both nations.”



Oisín Flynn- University of Limerick 

Oisín is a Dublin native living in the seaside town of Monkstown. He is a student at UL where he studies Applied Languages. Majoring in Spanish and French, Oisín loves languages and linguistics. His degree has taken him all over South America and Europe spending last year living and working in Argentina and France. He believes cultural and linguistic awareness heads insight into societal function and behavioural attitudes. He values family and friends and loves trying new things having recently completed the Limerick city triathlon and learning to kitesurf in the West of Ireland. Oisín is very excited to be in China talking up a 5th language and experiencing a totally new way of life.

Future ambition:Hope my degree aids me in pursuing chosen career of diplomacy or international trade.”



Anna Guildea- Maynooth University 

Anna Guildea is entering her final year in Maynooth University studying International Development and Sociology and is from Kilkenny. A recipient of the Maynooth Entrance Scholarship Award, Anna is very active in campus life, especially within the International Development department, the Sociology/Politics Society, and the varsity badminton team. Anna has also represented Ireland in the Empire Mock Trial Competition in Brooklyn New York, 2014. Anna hopes to go on to work in political or non-governmental organisations that work towards bettering the lives of all and believes this experiences is imperative in understanding the international landscape. 

Future Ambition: “To pursue a career in International Development, working towards achieving social, political and economic justice for all.”



Grace Hyland Martin- Maynooth University 

Grace Hyland MartinGrace Hyland Martin is a first year product design student in Maynooth University. In her first year of college, Grace was elected the vice president of the Maynooth University kayaking club and is the incoming president for the coming academic year. She enjoys playing canoe polo in her spare time and represented Ireland in the canoe polo world championships in 2016. In addition to this Grace received the Senior award for creative endeavour in her final year of school.

Future Ambition: “To work as a designer internationally on the development of new and existing products through human centred design and creativity.




 Fergus Lyons- National University of Galway 

Fergus LyonsFergus hails from Ennis, Co. Clare and has just finished his third year as a student in NUI Galway at Shannon College of Hotel Management. I have experience working in a number of hotels in Ireland such as the g Hotel and Spa and last year I spent twelve months in Nuremberg, Germany on my second-year placement. I applied to the program because the Chinese tourism market is growing rapidly and I feel Ireland is in an excellent position to capitalise on that. I believe that by learning about China and Chinese culture I can bring a unique skill set back that can be utilised in the future as our two countries ties grow stronger.

Future ambition: “To become a leader in the Irish hospitality industry and extend our philosophy of ‘céad míle fáilte’ across the globe.”



William Ikenna-Nwosu- University College Dublin 

William from Renmore, Galway, is a second year Computer Science student in University College Dublin. He participated in the UCD CS Sparks initiative which involves increasing the diversity of Computer Scientists and encouraging participants to consider Computer Science as a career at 3rd level by hosting coding challenges and competitions. He also participated in the UCD Fashion Show 2018 and is an Ordinary Committee member in the UCD Judo club for the year 2017-2018. William has always wanted to visit China and learn Mandarin. He attended the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2018 to learn more about China and try out traditional Chinese food.

Future ambition: “To acquire more knowledge about my degree and explore the applications of Big Data, AI and Machine Learning in industry.”