European teaching staff visit GMIT to promote study opportunities

Front, from left: Werner Beratnik (visiting lecturer, Czech Republic), Colm Kelleher (lecturer GMIT School of Business), Cáit Noone (head of international engagement), Dr Fergal Barry (president of GMIT), Prof Graham Heaslip (head of GMIT School of Business), Jeanette McDonald (visiting lecturer, France), and Adrian Payne (head of dept, IT Tallaght). Back row, from left: Virginia Guneyli (visiting staff, USA), Conor Daly (GMIT business student), Stefaan Van Rysse (visiting lecturer, Belgium), Jane Larsson (visiting lecturer, Denmark), Leif Nordberg (visiting lecturer, Finland), Eadaoin Burke (GMIT business student), Gijs Dankers (visiting lecturer, Netherlands), and Melanie Wrobel (visiting staff, Germany).

Front, from left: Werner Beratnik (visiting lecturer, Czech Republic), Colm Kelleher (lecturer GMIT School of Business), Cáit Noone (head of international engagement), Dr Fergal Barry (president of GMIT), Prof Graham Heaslip (head of GMIT School of Business), Jeanette McDonald (visiting lecturer, France), and Adrian Payne (head of dept, IT Tallaght). Back row, from left: Virginia Guneyli (visiting staff, USA), Conor Daly (GMIT business student), Stefaan Van Rysse (visiting lecturer, Belgium), Jane Larsson (visiting lecturer, Denmark), Leif Nordberg (visiting lecturer, Finland), Eadaoin Burke (GMIT business student), Gijs Dankers (visiting lecturer, Netherlands), and Melanie Wrobel (visiting staff, Germany).

A group of teaching staff from third-level colleges in Europe visited GMIT this week to outline the opportunities for Irish students to study abroad under the EU Erasmus Plus programme. The visit is part of a joint GMIT/IT Tallaght-hosted International Week.

GMIT’s School of Business recently launched a new suite of business programmes which offer students the chance to study a semester through English in a range of third-level colleges in Europe including Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Saxion Hogeschule Enschede, Netherlands; Ghent Hogeschule, Belgium; IPAG Business School, France; Hogskolan I Halmstad, Sweden; and Tomas Bata University, Czech Republic.

Colm Kelleher, lecturer, GMIT School of Business, and Adrian Payne, head of department in IT Tallaght, are co-ordinating the overall visit and promotional campaign which will see the visiting lecturers and staff meet and work alongside staff and students in the two colleges, in Galway and Dublin.

“Many current students and those completing the CAO may be unaware that many European Schools of Business teach through English and that they can complete a semester of their GMIT programme abroad," Mr Kelleher said. "The experience of living and studying abroad for a term helps students to gain a deeper appreciation of business in an international context.”

“Facilitating international study was one of the fundamental drivers in the recent re-design of our suite of business programmes and we hope that this event will get more Irish students to consider the option of studying abroad.”

The new flexible business degrees, which are designed to make it easy for students to change their course throughout their programme, are: business, entrepreneurship, finance and economics, marketing and sales, accounting, and business information systems (BIS ). For more information see www.gmit.ie

For further information on Erasmus Plus programmes, see www.eurireland.ie or contact the Erasmus office in GMIT at [email protected]

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