Jun 26 2012 Posted: 15:33 IST

A team from the NUI Galway Executive MBA class are the proud winners of the MBA Association of Ireland National Strategy Competition 2012 held in DublinSaturday 23rd June.  This is an outstanding achievement for the winning team, the Executive MBA programme, the School, and the University.  The win follows NUI Galway’s success in 2010, when it last entered the competition.  The winning team members are: Myles McHugh, Suzanne Ryan, Mike Parkinson, Ashwin Kher and Roger Sweetman.

 “This excellent achievement is testament to the quality of teaching on the programme and I would like to congratulate all involved in teaching the 2010-2012 MBA class” said Dr Emer Mulligan, Head of School. 

Many of the best business schools on the Islandof Irelandtook part in the competition including the SmurfitGraduateSchoolat UCD and UCC.  The competition required the team to prepare a strategic analysis and presentation on a Harvard Business Case (eBay, Inc and Amazon.com) over four hours and then present to a panel of judges. 

Commenting on the win by the NUI Galway team, Dr Alma McCarthy, MBA Programme Director stated that “the NUI Galway Executive MBA curriculum has a very strong focus on strategy and prepares students to excel as business and strategy analysts.  Winning the MBAAI National Strategy Forum Competition 2012 reinforces the excellent teaching and learning standards provided to students on our programme”. 



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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”