European Award for Business Information Systems Programme at NUI Galway
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Pictured at the formal launch of the EPAS Accreditation of the BSc Business Information Systems at NUI Galway (l-r): Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway; Dr Emer Mulligan, Dr Willie Golden, Dr Tom Acton, Mr Martin Hughes, all of the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics and Dr Chris Coughlan, Hewlett Packard Galway.
Highest international standards for business and management education
NUI Galway has been awarded EPAS* accreditation for its Business and Information Systems Programme. Awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), this accreditation confirms that the BSc in Business Information Systems (BIS) meets the highest international standards for business and management education. Achieving the accreditation is a major feat for the course, being only one of eight European undergraduate programmes to receive the five-year award.
Speaking at the formal launch of the EPAS accreditation in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, President of the NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, said: “This is a tremendous endorsement of the activities of our Business School. As one of only eight European universities to receive this quality mark, we in NUI Galway are proud of this acknowledgement of the quality of our business education programmes, and in particular the BIS degree programme.”
Business Information Systems is a four-year undergraduate degree that explores the use of technology in the modern business environment. Incorporating skills development in technology, business and technology management through individual, team and virtual team project work combined with global learning and industry engagement initiatives. Martin Hughes, Programme Director of the BSc BIS highlighted: “The BSc. BIS degree provides students with the ideal platform for a successful career in business - over 70% of the 2011 class were in career employment by graduation.”
Dr Chris Coughlan, Head of Cloud Computing Innovation Centre, Hewlett-Packard Galway, in welcoming the five-year accreditation, said: “The input of industry into the development and design of the programme has really paid off and the interaction between local and national employers and the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics was particularly well received by the international peer review team. The practical effect of this interaction with industry and business is that it ensures that BIS at NUIG is ahead of the curve not only meeting their current needs but anticipating their future needs.”
NUI Galway staff, students and various industry figures attended the EPAS launch, recognising that the award signifies the quality of BIS programme graduates and their career progression globally. The accreditation now recognises and reinforces, on an international stage, the strength of the programme and the esteem with which it is held in industry.
Author: Marketing and Communications Office, NUI Galway