Aoife highly commended at the Global Undergraduate Awards 2019 in the area of Business, for an essay she completed during the course of her studies
The academic work of a WIT graduate was commended recently in the Global Undergraduate Awards (UA), the world's leading academic awards programme, recognising innovation and excellence at the undergraduate level.
Aoife Power, a first class honours graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) BA in International Business, received a commendation for her essay in Global Business Ethics.
Aoife is a past pupil of the Mercy Secondary School in Waterford. She was Highly Commended (top 10%) in the Business category, awarded for her paper, ‘The behavior of large MNCs, both ethical and unethical has had a large impact on society in recent years’.
World’s top performing students
A group of the world’s top performing students gathered in Dublin in November 2019 to take part in the Global Undergraduate Summit, a 3-day conference where students from 38 universities, 12 countries and 25 different categories gathered to collaborate and share research.
“I was lucky enough to be highly commended at the Global Undergraduate Awards 2019 in the area of Business, for an essay I completed during the course of my studies. I attended the Global Summit and met with fellow alumni from a range of disciplines from every corner of the world,” she explains.
Aoife says that the honours degree course has given her a wealth of opportunities and skills, and prepared her for general life and the workforce.
The first in her family to attend third level education, Aoife explains “leaving school, I had no idea of what I wanted to do or be, meaning I had a choice to make of whether to pursue third level education or not. I firstly did a PLC course in a local community college, which is where I decided to continue my studies. I chose International Business in WIT because of the Business School’s excellent reputation and the fact it was local to me, being from Waterford.”
“The course has allowed me to meet people from all over the world, study a broad range of topics and to spend a year in Valencia, Spain as part of the Erasmus programme.”
“I’ve made friends for life and I’m grateful for the experiences it has given me,” she adds.
Dedication to studies
"Many congratulations to Aoife on her commendation for her essay in Global Business Ethics at the Undergraduate Awards . This reflects Aoife's hard work and dedication to her studies on the BA in International Business course in WIT . I am delighted this has been recognised by the wider academic community and she is a great role model for upcoming students,” said lecturer Ann Marie Kelly who delivers the Global Business Ethics module. Kelly encouraged all students with a first class honours on this essay to submit it.
In total, The Global Undergraduate Awards (UA) received more than 3,400 submissions from undergraduates in 338 universities from 50 countries to the 2019 programme. There is no other event of this scale or academic breadth and quality that is focused exclusively on the work of undergraduates.
At the summit students presented their work from the 25 different categories showcasing this year’s top undergraduate work from across the sciences, humanities, business and the creative arts. The winning students for 2019 represented universities in the UAE, the United States, Singapore, New Zealand, the UK, Canada, Australia, and Ireland.
Executive Director of UA, Dr. Garret Maher spoke of the significance of the Global Undergraduate Summit: ‘UA offers a unique platform for the world’s most inspiring students to benchmark their work on a global scale, and ultimate, have this work recognised by an independent panel of judges as being of the highest standard within their discipline. At a time when there is a lot of uncertainty in the world, the Global Undergraduate Summit embraces these students, enabling them to showcase their outstanding research to an audience of peers, academics and future employers, as they transition to become the next generation of change makers’.
The Global Winners received the Thomas Clarkson Gold Medal, named after the man who was described by the poet, Samuel Coleridge as ‘a moral steam engine’. The Chair of UA, Jim Barry, said the naming of the Medal after Clarkson was very deliberate. ‘As a young man, Clarkson had won his first prize for an essay on slavery and then dedicated his whole life to its abolition in the British Empire, something he saw achieved by an Act of Parliament in 1833. The Global Undergraduate Awards has exactly that ambition – that young people across the globe would address their academic talents to matters of significance in all fields of learning in the hope that it would spark their passion to be change makers and leaders into the future’.