Nov 21 2016 Posted: 10:48 GMT

‘Conversations with Leading NUI Galway BusinessAlumni’ published by the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics

In recognition of 100 years of the Bachelor of Commerce degree at NUI Galway, the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics has produced a book profiling many of its well-known and successful alumni. Conversations with Leading NUI Galway Business Alumni contains the personal and career stories of 50 high profile Bachelor of Commerce graduates, from a variety of different business backgrounds and industry sectors.

The graduates have domestic and international business and public service experience, representing some of the biggest companies and brand names in the world, such as Adidas, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, J.P. Morgan, Medtronic, Pernod Ricard, as well as many of Ireland’s leading success stories, including Avolon, Collins McNicholas, Connacht Rugby, Connacht Tribune, Davy, Dubarry, ESB, Kennys, MERC Partners and Uniphar. The book includes graduates who are CEOs, founders of business start-ups, social entrepreneurs, managing partners, marketing/finance directors and economists, and a World Athletics Champion.

Reflecting the global dimension to business education today and NUI Galway’s commitment to internationalisation, the graduates in this book work and live in cities around the world, such as Dublin, London, Brussels, Dubai, New Delhi, Atlanta, New York, and of course, Galway. It includes many household names, all with a close relationship and affinity for Galway city and the surrounding region, including Ruth Curran, Gavan Duffy, Dave Hickey, Karen Kenny, Olive Loughnane, Danny McCoy, Val McNicholas, Pádraig Ó Céidigh, Enda O’ Coineen, Catriona O’ Farrell, Pádraic Ó Máille, Dómhnall Slattery and Margaret Sweeney.

The book’s editor and Director of the Bachelor of Commerce, Dr Gerard Turley said: “This is a very exciting time for the study of business at NUI Galway. This year we launched the Bachelor of Commerce (Global Experience) course, a new four-year business degree which includes both work placement and study abroad in Europe, USA, China or Australia opportunities for all its students. At the same time, we wanted to celebrate the remarkable graduates of the Bachelor of Commerce degree that first began taking in business students in 1915. We look forward to the next 100 years of business education at NUI Galway, and in doing so, turn out future business entrepreneurs and leaders of the calibre and standard profiled in this commemorative book.”

All proceeds from the sale of Conversations with Leading NUI Galway Business Alumni will go to Jigsaw Galway, the youth organisation that supports young people’s mental health and well-being.

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