2016 Press Releases

Double win for UCC at gradireland awards

3 May 2016
Pictured (l-r): Caroline Kennedy, Careers and Opportunities Officer, NCI; Dr. Audrey Grace and Dr. Karen Neville, Co-Directors of the MSc ISBP at Cork University Business School, UCC; and Louise Keegan, Employer Marketing Consultant, gradireland.

UCC’s MEngSc Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (ITinAEC) and MSc Information Systems for Business Performance (ISBP) have both been named Postgraduate Course of the Year, in Engineering and IT, respectively. 

Both programmes were honoured at the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2016. Held at Dublin’s Mansion House and hosted by RTE’s Brian Dobson, the awards are the blue riband event for HR professionals and graduate recruiters in Ireland and the gala evening attracted 600 guests.

This year’s event attracted over 160 submissions from more than 60 organisations and almost 7500 students participated in the vote to determine Ireland’s most popular graduate recruiter.

The evaluation of the winning programmes at UCC included employability, reputation, innovation, the research record of academic staff, and the national and international recognition of the programme. 

“The MEngSc ITinAEC addresses the increased need for engineers with an in-depth knowledge of how to efficiently deploy information technologies to support their work,” said Professor Karsten Menzel – Programme Coordinator of the MengSc in ITAEC.

“We are proud that senior industry representatives accepted their appointment as adjunct Professor just recently. We believe that this close interaction with industry makes this programme distinct from others and prepares participants in an excellent way for their next job in industry.”

One of the few courses in Ireland offered in collaboration with experts from European universities, all lectures are broadcast using web-technology. The majority of lectures and seminars are delivered after work hours, enabling employed engineers to participate on a part-time basis.

This is the fourth year in a row that the Cork University Business School (CUBS) course, the MSc ISBP, has won its category at the awards which celebrate excellence in postgraduate course provision, collaboration between industry and academia, and recognise employment initiatives provided by postgraduate course providers across Ireland.

The MSc ISBP was named Best Business Course in Ireland in 2015 and Best IT Course in 2014 and again also 2013. It provides a unique blend of management and IT skills, enabling students to understand how organisations operate and how the factors affecting their performance can be finely tuned using information systems.

“We’re delighted to have been named Postgraduate Course of the Year in the IT category. One of the key success factors of the MSc ISBP is its recognition that IT is the primary enabler of business success. Our graduates understand how to employ IT to deliver the business value that underpins this success,” said Dr. Audrey Grace, Co-Director of the MSc ISBP.

The course boasts virtually 100% employability and Dr. Karen Neville, Co-Director of the MSc ISBP, attributes this to the fact that the course “addresses industry demand by providing students with a detailed understanding of leading edge technologies and how these may be exploited in a global business environment.”

The programme was also shortlisted for Postgraduate Course of the Year – Business and came second in this category.

For more information on the MSc ISBP, visit http://bis.ucc.ie and for the MEngSc ITinAEC, visit www.ucc.ie/en/ckr29.

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