Jan 03 2013 Posted: 09:28 GMT

The J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway is organising a conference and gala dinner to mark the 40th anniversary of the first intake to its Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme.  To celebrate this milestone, the MBA 40 Conference and Gala Dinner which will take place Friday January 25th 2013 in Galway.  All MBA alumni as well as past and current teaching faculty are invited to attend.

The conference, "40 Years A-Growing in Business & Management: Learning from the Past, Leading the Future" will draw together a panel of very impressive contributors from business and academia, many of whom are NUI Galway MBA alumni including: Dr Alan Ahearne, Economist & Lecturer, NUI Galway;  Mike Higgins, MD and Head, CIBC World Markets Corp. and Chair of NUI Galway US Foundation;  Seamus Kavanagh (MBA), Vice President, Hollister, Chicago; Paschal McCarthy (MBA), Vice President, GE Healthcare; Prof John Mchale, Chair National Fiscal Council and Chair of Economics, NUI Galway; and Helen Ryan, CEO, Creganna Tactx Medical.  The conference will focus on a number of contemporary business, management and leadership issues and challenges. 

 “We very much look forward to welcoming back our very successful MBA alumni.  This is a great opportunity for them to return to the University, see the new Cairnes Business School, reconnect with their MBA classmates, and to network with other NUI Galway MBA graduates and potential business partners” said Dr Alma McCarthy, MBA Programme Director. 

A number of alumni who are located oversees have registered to attend the event and the conference has received funding from The Gathering. 

“The NUI Galway MBA programme is the second oldest MBA programme in the Island of Ireland and is the flagship programme in the School.  The quality of our graduates is reflected in multiple successes in national MBA competitions with many of our alumni holding senior management positions in a variety of organisations nationally and internationally” said Dr Emer Mulligan, Head of the Cairnes School of Business and Economics. 

For further information about the conference and gala dinner, please contact the Alumni Office on 091-493750.



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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”. 

Tony McCarthy, Medtronic

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”