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Gala Ball event hosted to celebrate 20 year anniversary of MBA programme at WIT Business School Monday 30th November, 2015

Gala Ball event hosted to celebrate 20 year anniversary of MBA programme at WIT Business School

The keynote speaker at the anniversary ball event was Professor David McWilliams, one of the country’s leading economic commentators and recently named as the most influential economist in Ireland and the UK by London business newspaper CityAM. David is also co-founder of the world’s only economics festival

Commenting on the event, Dr Tom Egan, Programme Director, WIT EMBA notes: “This event marks the 20th anniversary of the MBA programme at Waterford Institute of Technology. Within our sector, the MBA Programme at WIT is one of the longest running programmes in the country and since its inception, over 200 students have graduated from the course. We consider our MBA programme to be the flagship executive Masters course in the south east helping executives hone their leadership skills and expand their learning horizons in a supportive and knowledge-led environment”. 

With many graduates from these programmes occupying positions in companies in Ireland and overseas, there is a strong international dimension to the learning and professional development for students on both programmes. As Professor Denis Harrington, Head of Graduate Business, highlights: “Students on both programmes have benefited from a dedicated international study programme where for MBS students we have partnered with the Leuven Institute Belgium to provide postgraduates with a week-long study programme to Belgium. We have also developed strong international strategic partnerships with schools in the USA and in China. Our international management programme for the MBA is now facilitated as a week-long residential to Boston where our students take classes and visit/network with US businesses. We have partnered with Babson College and Suffolk University Business School in Boston to ensure that our students have opportunities to learn and develop in an international business and educational environment”.

This year the WIT Executive MBA group were announced All-Ireland Strategy Case Competition Champions for the MBA Association of Ireland National Strategy Competition 2015 and the WIT Business School will host the  competition for the first time in June 2016. Organised by the MBA Association of Ireland, the competition is open to all MBA programmes across Ireland, past winners having included UCD, NUIG and DCU.

Organising team, Mark Rogers, Danone Group and Chair of the MBA Association South East Chapter, Dr Tom Egan, WIT and Programme Director, Executive MBA, WIT, Prof. Denis Harrington WIT, Dr Sheila O’Donohoe, WIT and Programme Director, MBS, Dr Paul Morrissey WIT and Programme Director, MBS, Dr Neil O’Sullivan WIT, Ms Margo O’Dowd WIT and Mr Steven McIllhinney, BNY Mellon and Committee Member, MBA Association South East Chapter.

Further details on the MBA programme can be found at

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