NUI Galway MBA Masterclass

NUI Galway Executive MBA
in association with the
MBA Association of Ireland Western Chapter
presents the eighth NUI Galway MBA Masterclass event entitled

Disruptive Innovation Business Models (Education)


Mike Feerick
CEO & Founder, ALISON

Thursday 3rd April 2014 6.00pm sharp - Refreshments and networking from 5.30pm

CA118, Cairnes Business School, NUI Galway

Due to a limited number of places, you must RSVP to or 091 495 066


Mike Feerick is the founder of ALISON, one of the world’s largest
free online learning websites with 3 million learners and 350,000
graduates worldwide. Founded in 2007, ALISON is regarded as the
first MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses). MOOCs are revolutionising access to education and skills training around the world. Galway-based ALISON has been awarded a number of international prizes (UNESCO/WISE) for its social entrepreneurship in education and impact in making basic education and workplace skills more accessible among marginalised
communities worldwide. Mike is an Ashoka Fellow and Arthur Guinness Fund Awardee. He is also the Founder & Chairman of Ireland Reaching Out, (Ireland XO), an awardwinning non-profit organization with the goal of unifying the seventy million strong Irish Diaspora with 3,500 volunteers and 1,000 parishes active across Ireland North & South. He was the Founder of YAC (, a leading unified messaging company (acquired by J2COM, NASD, July 2007), and Advance Learning, a provider of interactive
multimedia IT Literacy courseware. Mike served as MD of Interactive Investor and on the Board of BMG Music UK. Mike holds an MBA (Harvard) and BBS (UL).



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Current students

Ruth Kiely


Executive MBA Student 2012-14

“I started my own physiotherapy business in 2004, and as the business developed I realized I needed to develop skills that were not part of my professional training in particular in the areas of management, marketing and IT.  I chose the Executive MBA because it offered the full range of disciplines that I needed.  With the knowledge gained I have been able to install a software system which allows us to manage all aspects of our business more effectively and efficiently thus giving us a competitive advantage.

Highlights from the EMBA programme include the International Study Trip to Fordham University, USA as well as participating and completing the Inter Disciplinary Company Project in the second year.  Both are very unique experiences that are offered by this EMBA which has allowed for consolidation of knowledge and skills as well as highlighting possible opportunities for the future”.   

Past students

Tony McCarthy


Executive MBA Student 2010-12

 “I selected the NUIG Executive MBA program because it offered me the opportunity to continue with my career and embark on my MBA education at the same time. This provided me the opportunity to apply the learning in my organization almost simultaneously. The program also offers access to a network of MBA students, alumni, faculty, and business leaders both local and international. Overall it has been a very positive experience”

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