GMIT Mayo Business course wins top Irish Accountancy Award 2019
Date Article Written:
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Students and staff in GMIT Mayo are celebrating winning the Excellence in Education Award for the Bachelor of Business (Hons) programme at the 2019 national Irish Accountancy Awards. The Gala awards ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House (16 May) was attended by hundreds of leading industry figures with GMIT represented by Michael Gill, Head of the GMIT Dept of Business, Humanities and Technology, and Caroline Clarke, programme chair & lecturer.
The Bachelor of Business (Honours) programme in GMIT Mayo is a four-year degree course offering students a broad-based inter-disciplinary business education which prepares them for the workplace and a successful career in business. In the first year, students study accounting, economics, ICT, law, management, marketing, mathematics and statistics. At the end of first year they have a choice of selecting the Accounting pathway.
Professor Neville McClenaghan, Vice President for GMIT Mayo Campus, says: “This national award provides very visible external recognition of excellence in business education and training, rewarding the dedication and impact of a talented team of staff who have consistently provided a high-quality learning experience to generations of regional, national, and international students here in GMIT Mayo Campus”.
Michael Gill, Head of Dept., says: “The accounting and business team are really pleased with this super win. Receiving this award is a testament to the quality of the programme and how well the graduates perform in their careers and further postgraduate studies thereafter. The programme places a strong emphasis on the business world. Students have the opportunity to analyse and evaluate competitive scenarios, to carry out practical projects and to interact with guest speakers from industry. In the third year there is an accredited work experience module, which offers students the possibility of enhancing their employability through hands-on experience in the work place. We also actively encourage our students to start their own business and have initiatives in place to support their endeavours and we work closely with the GMIT Innovation Hub, located here on campus, which gives students a unique opportunity to test their creative business ideas.”
Caroline Clarke, programme coordinator and lecturer, says: “We are proud of this national recognition and endorsement of our course. It is testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication of staff and students at the Mayo Campus.”
The programme has been developed in such a way that is closely aligned with the content of the professional bodies so that the material is very relevant to a professional qualification in accountancy. Students wishing to join the programme can transfer in from other colleges of higher and further education and once settled really enjoy their higher education experience as they gain an in-depth understanding of the business world on the Mayo campus. There are opportunities to travel abroad on Erasmus and take a semester in another college should students so wish and this can be combined with the study of language on the programme.
For more information on the Bachelor of Business (Hons) degree and other programmes in the Dept of Business, Humanities and Technology in GMIT Mayo, see:
The annual Irish Accountancy Awards receive entries from firms and individuals all over Ireland who provide the highest quality of service and can demonstrate they have added significant value and competitive advantage to their organisations.
Gearóid O’Driscoll (left), President, CPA Ireland, presenting the Excellence in Education & Training Award 2019 to Caroline Clarke, programme chair & lecturer, GMIT Mayo, and Michael Gill (right), Head of the GMIT Dept of Business, Humanities and Technology, GMIT Mayo.