Our Story

HIE (Haddington International Education) was founded when Noreen Lucey identified an opportunity to enhance university collaboration and student recruitment efforts by creating a local presence on behalf of universities in various regions globally.

From working in the International Offices of colleges and universities, Noreen saw the need to provide support to universities that wanted to expand their network globally but did not have the time or resources to do so. Her time spent living overseas, reinforced the value of working on the ground to effectively manage a local network. She also appreciated the value of a local presence and expertise on the ground, thus reducing an institution’s carbon footprint and travel costs.

A member of the international education community, for over ten years, Noreen has specialised in partnership building, diversity, social enterprises, gender equality and equal access to education. She has developed extensive international experience having lived and worked in regions such as China, Central America, USA, Australia and several countries within Europe.

She serves as volunteer on the executive board of the Global Leadership League which promotes advancing women’s leadership skills, knowledge, and connections in the field of International Education.

She is a strong advocate for sustainable and regenerative practices within global education and believes there is a need and an opportunity for the international education sector to lead a systemic change in how we work and operate.

She advocates for sustainability in all her work with universities and stakeholders globally. She has a degree in Sustainability in Enterprise from University College Cork, a postgraduate in sustainability in leadership from TU Dublin, is a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps and is a Climate Ambassador with An Taisce, an Irish governmental body.

She serves on the global board of CANIE – Climate Action Network for International Educators.

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Climate Ambassador, An Taisce
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Board of Directors, Global Leadership League
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Graduate Sustainability in Enterprise
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Climate Reality Leader Corps, Al Gore
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Member of CANIE (Climate Action Network for International Education)