The School of Business at Waterford Institute of Technology recently launched an innovative new project to mark Waterford 1100 which engages 10 second level schools in Waterford to participate in a project on the theme of trade and exchange.
The project is open to 5th Year and Transition Year students and gives them the chance to explore and interpret business experiences of the community in words and pictures as well as discover where or how the people of Waterford and its hinterland are likely to conduct business in the years ahead.
Dr Tom O’Toole, Head of the School of Business at WIT welcomed the initiative as a suitable way to mark the city’s development over the three millennia in an educational manner and he expressed his appreciation to the schools and teachers for their engagement with the process.
John Maher from the Dept. of Accounting & Economics thanked the external partners, Chartered Accountants Ireland, Glanbia, Enterprise Ireland and Waterford Council, for their tangible support for this venture saying, “It reflects an understanding of the principles ‘mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí, agus, ar scáth a chéile a mhairimd’ which means that the prospects of our community are significantly dependent on the energy and effort of our coming generation and also our collective capacity to collaborate.”
The school entries may be from individuals or student groups and may take several forms, including multi-media and written essays. The Waterford Library and Archive services will provide support to teachers coordinating their students’ involvement. The best projects from participating schools as well as the overall winner will receive cash prizes.
Dr O’Toole continues “It is intended on completion of the competitive process to make the best projects available for view by the public, at WIT and in local libraries. Thus we can all look forward to learning of the students’ reflections on the historical patterns of trade and exchange and what they envisage as emerging in the 21st century.”
For more information or to participate in the initiative, contact John Maher at [email protected] or 051-302457.
Pictured at the launch of the project (from l to r) were Enda McDonnell (Enterprise Ireland); Dónal O’Coitir ( Gaelchólaiste Phort Láirge) and John Maher (WIT’s Dept. of Accounting & Economics)
Photos courtesy of George Goulding