Contemporary Issues in Business
John F Kennedy once said that ‘leadership and learning are indispensible to each other.’ The SETU Waterford School of Business wholeheartedly agrees with this and actively seeks to put our students – Ireland’s future managers and entrepreneurs – in the company of great leaders in order to learn from their experiences. The Contemporary Issues in Business is a platform to hear, engage with and critically analyse the success stories of Irish leaders and to integrate them into the learning of those who will follow them into practice and, hopefully, leadership in the future.
This highly interactive module has been long established as a core feature of the Graduate programme in the School of Business, and seeks to complement and resonate with the academic theorizing of the traditional classroom. The Series, open to all postgraduate students in the School, integrates high calibre Irish and international academics and practitioners so that our students can interact with those who have achieved distinction in their field and have a story to tell.
From former Taoisigh, European Commissioners, ambassadors and MEPs, to CEOs of Irish and international financial service and trading companies, from SMEs across the business spectrum and leading Professors to social entrepreneurs and representative groups such as IBEC and the IFA, the Seminar Series aims to deliver real world experience in an interactive setting to bring theory alive.
Students are encouraged to question and indeed challenge the concepts they normally only get to read about. In striving to create a reflective and interactive atmosphere in the sessions, the series contributes to the students’ ability to critically analyse business scenarios and strategies as they first undertake their research in the Graduate Business School and then into the real world after graduation. Indeed, the Series complements the International Study Tour which students undertake in the second semester, again exposing them to the international dynamics required of contemporary graduates and Irish economic and business thinking.
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