The WIT Department of Graduate Business Masters' students visited the European Commission Berlaymont building on Tuesday March 3rd as part of their International Study Tour. Postgraduate students, from across the Accounting, Management, HR and Economics and Finance streams, resided at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe for their week-long fully accredited module. The group met with the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Phil Hogan, MEPs Deirdre Clune, Mairead McGuinness, Matt Carthy and Sean Kelly, and heard from senior academics from the world-ranked Katholieke University of Leuven. The Tour enables WIT students to engage with the international business and political representatives and is an integral component across the masters in business programmes. Whilst at the Leuven Institute, the students were featured on the TG4 programme, 7La, and competed in an innovative AIB-sponsored competition in an international presentational format. The winners of the AIB competition will be announced at a ceremony on April 16th.
The WIT MBS postgraduate course is delivered in full time and part-time modes at WIT and incorporates lectures, workshops by leading business and financial experts, a dedicated seminar programme on topics relating to leadership, marketing, finance and economics as well as visits to companies in the region. A significant element of the learning and professional development on this programme is through the engagement and interaction with companies in the region. This is facilitated through a customised industry seminar series where students meet with CEOs and industry representatives. In the past year, speakers have been facilitated from companies such as Barclays Capital (London), Accenture (London), UBS (London), Ulster Bank, State Street International, JP Morgan, Allied Irish Bank and Zurich Insurance Company.