(L to R): Maureen Maloney, JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway; Dr Emer Mulligan, JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway; Dr Ronan Carbery, Kemmy School of Business, University of Limerick; Ita Page, Kemmy School of Business, University of Limerick; Eilis O'Regan, JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway and Mary Sweeney, Cooperative Education & Careers Division, University of Limerick
University of Limerick and NUI Galway have announced a partnership of the UL Bachelor of Business Studies and the NUI Galway part-time Bachelor of Commerce programmes. The coordination is part of the UL/NUI Galway Strategic Alliance which aims to further a shared commitment to academic excellence. This latest initiative will open access to business students in both institutions; improving the overall student experience and broaden career opportunities.
The Bachelor of Business Studies by flexible learning at UL's Kemmy Business School and the part-time Bachelor of Commerce by blended learning at NUI Galway's JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics will be delivered through a mix of face-to-face weekend workshops, online lectures, tutorials and discussion forums. Web 2.0 technologies such as wikis, podcasts and blogs will be used in an innovative way to achieve programme level learning outcomes. Blended and flexible learning methods of delivery provide third level access to mature students with work and family commitments in any location.
In the next academic year, (2011/2012) students will jointly study Organisational Behaviour, delivered by the Kemmy Business School and Business Negotiations/Integrated Case-Based Workshop delivered by the JE Cairnes of School of Business & Economics. In the following year, a greater amalgamation between both business programmes is envisaged.
Programme Manager of the part-time Bachelor of Commerce at the JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway Éilis O Regan says, "Delivering our combined part-time Business programmes via blended/flexible learning, with monthly face-to-face workshops at NUI Galway and University of Limerick, will increase third level assess to mature students, with work and/or family commitments. This innovative delivery format will also broaden third level access across Ireland for those who did not or could not avail of third level education immediately following second level. The JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics welcomes the opportunity to work with our partners in the Kemmy School of Business."
Course Director of the Bachelor of Business Studies by Flexible Learning at Kemmy Business School, UL, Dr. Ronan Carbery says, "The UL/NUI Galway Strategic Alliance adds significant value to students on both Business programmes by not only allowing them to broaden their experience of third level education with the delivery of modules in a new University setting, but by also benefitting from the shared expertise across both Business faculties. The ability for students in both Universities to collaborate with each other and with a broader range of academics will further facilitate a stimulating learning environment in which to engage with the programmes."