The Atlantic Corridor Program
The Atlantic Corridor Program was recently awarded $1,000,000 in funding by
the U.S. Congress. It is hoped that matching funding will be raised from European sources in the
The Program envisions the establishment of a powerful bridge across the North Atlantic
between western New York State-Southern Ontario and Midlands Ireland-Northern Ireland.
Education will form a major aspect of the Program but it is expected that in close
association with this cultural exchange there will be significant economic benefits.
Contacts and resources available to individuals and organisations at both ends of the
Atlantic Corridor will be much enhanced. This enhancement should encourage the further
opening up of economic interchange between two powerful markets, the North American
Free Trade Area (N.A.F.T.A.) and the rapidly expanding European Union.
Opportunities will arise to belong to a network of powerful nodes spanning the globe
and fusing educational resources with economic advancement.
Learning should more readily be focussed on future needs, new job and career
possibilities should be created, fresh avenues for high-yield investment should be
The exchange between persons on study abroad programs, and their interaction with
local individuals and organisations at home and abroad, will contribute to a significant
lessening of those knowledge based, cost based, and fear based, obstacles to trans-national
The Atlantic Corridor Program will contribute to :-
Education, together with the build up in skills and skill based business activity,
will allow those communities participating enhanced opportunities to leap-frog the quality
and extent of their economic base beyond what it could well become without the Alantic
- A building up of human resources, skills, and confidence.
- The emergence and growth of fast-track small and medium sized enterprises.
- The expansion in scale and scope of support services located at each end of the corridor.
- The synergies arising from the establishment of fuller international contacts and awareness.
As few a one American Undergraduate in a hundred and fifty participated in study abroad
programmes in 1998. Less than one American student in twelve completes their formal
education with a worthwhile grasp of a foreign language. Less than one U.S. citizen in ten
holds a current passport.
The Atlantic Corridor Program hopes to contribute towards the goal of increasing the
number of undergraduates participating in study abroad programs twenty- fold. A five fold
increase in foreign language skills is also hoped for.
Students from Buffalo's Daemen College are already involved in study abroad programs
at Quest. Niagara University students seem likely to participate fully also in the near future.
It is hoped that students from Trocaire, Buffalo State College, and the University of Buffalo
will also participate eventually.
In Ireland the Atlantic Corridor Program is led by Quest Campus and actively involves
Athlone Institute of Technology, the University of Ulster, University College Cork, and
LSB College in Dublin. It is hoped that all colleges on the island of Ireland will become
Some possibilities for study time being spent on the continent of Europe also exists,
a base for such study has been agreed with the Irish College at Louvain near Brussels. Some
Daemen College students involved in Quest linked courses of studies spent time there in April
of 1999 becoming informed about aspects of European Union formation.