Pictured at the recent Western Chapter of the MBA Association of Ireland (MBAAI)seminar entitled “The Importance of Networking” were Tim Regan, Suzanne Ryan (MBAAI West Chair), Liam Bluett (Speaker), Dr Alma McCarthy, Niamh Bray & MacDara Hosty
Sep 03 2012 Posted: 09:28 IST

The role of Networking in business has been well known and it is seen as an essential skill for business managers today.  However, the ability to network and how to effectively manage your networks are skills that evade some managers and business professionals. 

The Western Chapter of the MBA Association of Ireland (MBAAI) addressed this issue in their seminar entitled “The Importance of Networking” recently held in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway.  The seminar was delivered by Liam Bluett, MBA CIMA of the Ballybane Enterprise Centre.  Liam (formerly Finance Director with Nortel Networks) who has in excess of thirty years experience in executive leadership provided tips and insights into successful networking.

This exciting seminar coincided with the launch of the local MBAAI programme of events for 2012/2013.  The Western Chapter of the MBAAI have lined up an exciting array of events and opportunities for MBA graduates to connect and engage over the next twelve months.  The number of MBA graduates based in the West of Ireland has been increasing and represents many business and industry leaders and innovators.  The MBA Association of Ireland both locally and nationally provides a representative voice for those members and offers opportunities to meet and engage with other members both formally and informally.

Further details on the seminar, the MBAAI and the upcoming calendar of events for 2012/13 can be obtained from www.mbaassociation.ie, or by email to:  info@mbaassociation.ie.



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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”