26 April 2016
By Tom Collins
The 2016 GradIreland Awards are set to take place this Thursday, April 28th at the Mansion House, and three time winner, UCC’s MSc Information Systems for Business Performance (ISBP) has been shortlisted in two categories, and is the running to be named “Postgraduate Course of the Year – Business” and “Postgraduate Course of the Year – IT”.
The GradIreland Awards celebrate, promote and reward 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 shortlisted following a review of their application by a panel of student and industry representatives.
The MSc ISBP, which was named Best Business Course in Ireland in 2015 and Best IT Course in 2013 and 2014, provides a unique blend of management and IT skills and enables students to understand how organisations operate and how the factors affecting their performance can be finely tuned using information systems.
In this 12 month full-time course, the applied aspects of building, leveraging and managing information systems and technologies relies on both class room and practical computer laboratory interaction where students are taught from beginner level. A balance is struck between the technology management activities and the analysis/development activities that affect IS/ IT practices in modern organisations.
Dedicated course directors and staff, both academic and administrative, are committed to the welfare and education of the students; while industry and academic mentoring ensures the integration of theory and practice while allowing close interaction with world-class experts.
According to Dr. Grace, Co-Director of the MSc ISBP “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. Our two GradIreland 2016 shortlistings are a testament to the successes and calibre of our students and graduates, and we’re thrilled to once again be in the running.”
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 .”
Three other UCC Cork University Business School courses are also in the running to pick up awards on Thursday. These are MSc Corporate Finance, MSc Management Information & Managerial Accounting Systems, and MSc Asset Management.