BComm Student Nargis Dewji awarded the USI ‘International Student of the Year’ Award. 

Nargis Dewji is a final year BComm student at NUI Galway from Tanzania majoring in Economics. She has been awarded the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) International Student of the Year Award. 
We caught up with Nargis to hear about her experience of studying at NUI Galway and her thoughts on being presented this fantastic award.  
Why did you choose to study the BComm at NUI Galway? 
After trying nursing in Malaysia and Business Administration in London I wanted a degree that offered me more areas for specialism and the BComm at NUI Galway offered this. I picked the university because it was different to me. I had never lived in a smaller city and I wanted something different from London. It was the best decision I ever made. There are so many opportunities and things to do. Also after visiting UK, USA and Malaysia, It was a dream to complete my studies and work in Ireland.
What are some of your favorite things about studying in Ireland? 
My favorite thing about studying in Ireland is the culture. When I travel I always pick different countries to visit so that I will get to experience various cultures. I think everyone in Ireland is so supportive, and if you tell people about what you want to do, they want to help you, and push you to achieve what you want. There are huge opportunities here in many different areas including courses, societies and jobs. Also, NUIG has given me a great student experience during my time here.  
You have been awarded the ‘USI International Student of the Year award. Can you tell us about your involvement with the Students Union here in NUI Galway, and your role as an international ambassador? 
For me it all really started in second yearI was really shy and reserved in terms of my social skills. My involvement started from the encouragement I received from my lecturer Dr. Deirdre Curran, and I wouldn’t be here without this. I got the opportunity to contribute at the Strategic Analysis Workshop for improving student experience at NUIG and advocated for diversity, international student’s inclusion and engagement on NUI Galway campus. I began to take part in ALIVE volunteering and societies, and I worked my way up. I started as External Officer and then became vice auditor of the Finance Society as well as team leader for events at Blackstone Launchpad. I just started grabbing opportunities as they came and that improved my skillset. I worked with the International Office to represent NUI Galway As the International Student Ambassador and started giving tours on campus every week. I also volunteered to become a Class Representative for Macroeconomics in the BCommThis contributed greatly to my social skills and made me an active person on and off campus through balancing work, volunteering and studies.  
I am so delighted to be shortlisted for this award. My parents are so proud, happy and excited and so are my lecturers. And that means a lot for me.  
Dr Deirdre Curran, Reflecting on Nargis’s achievements and successes thus far, says “Nargis Dewji is an exceptional student and an exceptional person. She epitomises a student who has embraced Disraeli’s vision of a university. What strikes me most about Nargis is her academic capability, courage, her leadership, and her tireless efforts to make things better for other students and the university society in general. 

Skills for Work Life Celebratory Event

On March 21st, 2018, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics held an event to thank Community Partners for the help and support that they have provided to Commerce students undertaking the Skills for Work-Life Module over the past few months.

The Skills for Work-Life module gives students the opportunity to work in small groups with community partners to carry out service learning project work that provides value to the community. It involves meeting with the partners, agreeing on the project work to be undertaken and then carrying out the projects over a six week period. At the end of the semester, each group presents back to a set of their class colleagues on the work that they have carried out.

In addition, all students that take the module are encouraged to become active in participating in, and representing NUI Galway in Enactus, which is an international community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable, world. As part of their project work for the module, the students must devise social entrepreneurship projects for consideration by the NUI Galway Enactus Society.

In the past, the students have taken on the following Community Partnership Project such as:

  • Devising fund-raising events and activities and carrying them out either during the semester or during December/January.
  • Developing marketing material for the organisation;
  • Improving the organisation’s website;
  • Creating greater awareness of the organisation among the student population of NUI Galway.

For more information please click here.

Indian Ambassador to Ireland Visits NUI Galway

NUI Galway was delighted to welcome Mrs. Vijay Thakir Singh, Ambassador of the Republic of India, Ireland to campus on 7th March 2018. Ambassador Singh met and spoke with a number of NUI Galway’s Indian students studying in the College of Business, Public Policy & Law who presented her with a framed photo of NUI Galway’s iconic quadrangle. She then joined the students for a group photo in front of the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics. The Ambassador’s visit highlights NUI Galway’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity.


L -R Prof John McHale, Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy & Law, Anish Umarjikar, current student MSc in International Management, Mrs. Vijay Thakir Singh, Ambassador for India, Dr Ann Torres, Vice Dean of Internationalisation, Dr Tom Acton, Head of J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics.

Why Business at NUI Galway? – Lisa Hynes, B.Comm Graduate

For all the romanticists out there I would love to say that my desire to study business was borne as a result of a light-bulb childhood experience…Could it have been whilst listening to my Granddad’s stories about his audio-visual shop or maybe as an awestruck twelve year old experiencing the bustle of business or the high rise corporate buildings when travelling the United States? In fact no, the reality is much more boring…my interest in Business really started with the Junior Certificate Business Studies Curriculum.

Business was the first subject that inspired me to think and to critically think about its relevance outside the classroom. For me, learning about chemical reactions never sparked a flame, but studying business ignited a desire to know more. It got me thinking … Why do firms use a particular colour to promote their business?What are their motivations for using specific slogans? Why are some firms more successful than others in their media campaigns? Or why for instance is Christmas time a good time for Starbucks, for example? It was evident that from my innate curiosity that studying business at third level was the right choice for me.

Often I am asked ‘Why NUI Galway?’ Most assume that the obvious reason being that my home is less than a 10-minute drive. However, I didn’t come to NUI Galway due to its convenient location. I studied here because it suited me. When attending my first ever open day in NUI Galway I was nervous, scared and unsure. Walking in through the doors of the Bailey Allen hall was like walking into a different universe. A lady approached me as I walked in and offered to show me each stall.She was a second-year commerce student. We got on so well that we decided to go for a coffee next door. We chatted for 2 hours where she willingly answered all my questions and gave me advice on starting University. She also gave me her email address so I could contact her. It was the friendliness of other students; openness of the campus and the willingness of other to help that blew me away and made me put NUI Galway first on my CAO.

That was the reason that I Choose NUI Galway but next question… Why did I choose commerce?

On that same open day, I attended a talk on ‘Business at NUI’. The lecturer showed passion and enthusiasm for what he spoke about…I wanted to know more! He connected with those who attended and offered invaluable advice. Lecturers and graduates attended this talk too and spoke about their subject areas. I was inspired, curious and wanted to experience what they had just spoken about…and more! I left NUI Galway campus that day knowing this was where I was going to do a Degree in Business.

When studying Commerce at NUI Galway you will undoubtedly develop and achieve many functional skills, from writing essays from a critical thinking perspective to conducting business research to developing strengths in accounting, there is just not one, in particular, this may be the reason I liked it so much. Studying business at third level is completely different to studying at second level. My commerce degree allowed me to explore eight different areas. These subject areas included; Accountancy, Economics and Public Policy, Human Resource Management, Finance, Marketing, Business Information Systems, Law and International Business. After my first year in college, I knew that a career in marketing was the career I wanted to pursue. Although I was academically quite strong too in other business areas, marketing best suited me in terms of my creativity, motivation and scope for business development. At the end of my 3-year degree in NUI Galway, I was confident that I had developed a very knowledgeable understanding of all 8 subject areas.

There is no better way for students to prepare for their career than to gain real and tangible industry experience. The Bachelor of Commerce at NUI Galway focused hugely on industry engagement. During my three years in college, I worked with a number of student groups developing projects with local Irish companies and devising marketing strategies for them. I learned very valuable workplace skills which all of us will eventually need but more often than not will not have had the opportunity to acquire while in University.

In my final year, I was provided with the opportunity to put my business knowledge into practice using one of our modules on Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise (ICE). This module involved partnering with local business leaders who provided us with the opportunity to engage in their business projects; requiring us to innovate in a variety of interesting areas. Although I did not will the final prize (still bitter) I can’t express enough how much my appreciation escalated for those starting their own business

When I look back at my time as a commerce student, I can proudly say it was three very productive years which I thoroughly enjoyed and which left me with an insatiable appetite for more! My love for NUI Galway continues to grow as I am now doing my Masters in Marketing Practice and loving every minute of it! I am working as a Marketing and Student Recruitment Executive in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics. I would not be where I am today without the invaluable skills, knowledge and experience I gained from studying commerce at NUI Galway.


NUI Galway Masters students tackle real 21st century HR problems

Students from the NUI Galway Masters in Human Resource Management (HRM) and Strategy, Innovation and People Management (SIPM) programmes recently completed applied HR projects with leading local and national companies across a range of industries and sectors including Deloitte, Ingersoll Rand and McDonald’s. Led by Dr Alma McCarthy, the students applied theory and best practice to address contemporary HR challenges facing the organisations.

Each of the participating companies identified a current HR challenge they face and the students completed research on best practice to recommend solutions to the companies. Challenges included effectively managing virtual global teams, talent attraction and employee engagement.

Speaking about the event, Dr Alma McCarthy stated: “One of the key challenges with University education is how to make learning as real and applied as possible. This innovative project required our Masters students to work on real HR challenges and issues for leading companies so they could apply theory to practice. The companies got some really good ideas which they plan to use in implementing their HR strategy”.

One of the MSc HRM students said: ““I loved working on this assignment. It was amazing to actually work on a real HR project, and it was a really unique yet great learning opportunity”.

The MSc in HRM and the MSc in Strategy, Innovation and People Management are both approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) for accreditation at the advanced level. Students on these programmes can achieve Associate Membership of CIPD. After graduation, as they build professional experience, they can progress through the professional stages of CIPD membership from Chartered Member to Chartered Fellow.

Further information on the programmes is available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/management/

Staff Profile: Dr Johanna Clancy

Dr. Johanna Clancy has recently taken on the role of Lecturer in Business Enterprise at NUI Galway. She is a graduate of NUI Galway, having completed her B.Comm, MBS and subsequently her PhD in 2009. Johanna, along with her co-authors, won Best Paper Award at the 20th IAM conference, held in QUB this year. The subject of their paper was subsidiary manager influence in the multinational company network. Earlier this year, Johanna’s work, along with same co-authors, was published in the British Journal of Management. The paper is titled: Regional Head Quarter’s Dual Agency Role: Micro-Political Strategies of Alignment and Self Interest.

Johanna also works closely with colleagues at NUI Galway and Trinity College Dublin, researching in the area of knowledge embeddedness of the multinational subsidiary its internal and local external context. Their upcoming published book chapter is titled: Subsidiary Combinative Capability for Knowledge Creation as a Coevolutionary Development Process. Johanna’s new role at NUI Galway will see her teach and research more in the enterprise / entrepreneurship space at undergraduate level, where she will engage more with industry in establishing and delivering courses that are externally influenced.

J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway T + 353 9 495385 E johanna.clancy@nuigalway.ie

Human Resource Stream Event

The HR Steam Event was organised by Dr Deirdre Curran (HR Stream Co-ordinator) and her team of three excellent student representatives; Orla O’Connor, Kamila Los and Micheal Fahey.

The objectives for the event were;

  • To provide Stream Students with an opportunity to network with HR Professionals
  • To provide valuable learning on the reality of HR
  • To give students an opportunity to connect with each other outside of class and build an identity as HR Stream students
  • To experience a fun learning event
  • To gain ‘first hand’ information on the MSc HR

Five experienced Human Resource professionals took part in the event which was formatted in two parts.

The first part took place in Friars Canteen on the ground floor of the Business School, where the students participated in speed-networking.

A HR professional sat at one of five round tables. The Stream reps had prepared question cards in advance relating to the workings and importance of HR. Students joined the professional at each table and asked questions randomly from the pile. After ten minutes, a whistle blew and the students rotated to another table and another HR professional for the same process. This created a high-energy communication buzz and meant that the students got to spend time with, and learn from, each professional guest.

For the second part of the event the students and HR professionals moved to a teaching room where a structured conversation was facilitated by Deirdre Curran. The guests sat in a panel in front of class and shared their experience of HR in response to set questions.

Two of our current MSc HR students sat at a 6th table and responded to pre-prepared questions about the masters programme.

Despite being an evening event in Week 10 of the semester, over 40 students attended and engaged fully in the event.

Guest Professionals:

  1. Mary O’ Donovan, HR Manager, Boston Scientific
  2. John Geraghty, Independent HR Consultant
  3. Kerri O’Neill, KCR Recruitment
  4. Joan Hannon, HR Manager, Boston Scientific
  5. Catherine Dollard, Comp & Benefits, Medtronic