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Happy New Year! Welcome to the January 2019 edition of Business e-Connections.

This month we have many exciting additions to our ezine, notably the announcement of our Business Alumni Awardees. Our InProfile section features interviews with Aoife Kiernan, MSc International Business ’17, Healthcare Advisory Consultant at EY, and Karl Schuster, BComm ’84, DipMkt ’85, CEO at Velocity Frequent Flyer. We also include a roundup of our future events and news from your Alumni Network and the School.
Best wishes, 
Tara Collins
Director of Alumni Relations 
businessalumni@ucd.ie
Featured Alumni From Our Global Community
Aoife Kiernan - MSc ’17
Healthcare Advisory Consultant at EY
Karl Schuster - BComm ’84, DipMkt ’85
CEO at Velocity Frequent Flyer
More InProfile Interviews
Upcoming Alumni Events
2019 Business Alumni Awards Dinner - 5th April
The Alumni of the Year Award is the highest honour that UCD College of Business can bestow on a graduate. We are delighted to announce the 2019 Alumni Award Winners: Tara McCarthy, MBS '91, CEO at Bord Bia, and Clare Gilmartin, BComm '97, CEO at Trainline. The Outstanding Contribution to Business Education will be awarded to Dr Laurence Crowley CBE, BComm '59. To read more click here.

 
BComm Milestone Reunions 2019
A number of BComm reunions for milestone years will take place throughout 2019 from May onward. 2019's reunion years include: 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014 & 2018. Email reminders will be sent in the coming months and we hope to see you there!
Global Network for Advanced Management Webinar - 17th January
This inaugural webinar, entitled, “How Can We End Gender Bias in the Workplace?” will feature speakers from UCD and Yale School of Management. The event is free for all UCD Alumni to join. Click here for more info and to register.
 
UCD Saudi Arabia Alumni Reception - 22nd January
University College Dublin is delighted to invite you to a gathering of UCD alumni at the Irish Embassy, Riyadh at 19.00 on Tuesday 22nd January for an evening of networking. To book your place click here.
UCD Copenhagen Alumni Reception - 23rd January
University College Dublin is delighted to invite you to a gathering of UCD alumni at the Irish Embassy Copenhagen from 18.30 on Wednesday 23rd January for an evening of conversation and networking. To book your place click here.
UCD Dubai Alumni Reception - 24th January
University College Dublin is delighted to invite you to a gathering of UCD alumni at the Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers from 19.00 pm on Thursday 24th January for an evening of conversation and networking. To book your place click here.
Upcoming Events
Alumni News & Past Events
UCD Business Alumni Reception & Graduation Ceremony: Colombo, Sri Lanka - 10th & 11th December
On Monday 10th December, UCD Business Alumni welcomed Sri Lanka-based alumni to a reception in the Hilton Hotel, Colombo which was attended by over 70 alumni. Click to view photos and a highlights video. The Centre for Distance Learning Graduation ceremony for UCD students took place the following day in NSBM's Green University in Sri Lanka.   
MBA Alumni Christmas Reception - 4th December
The 2018 MBA Alumni Christmas Reception took place on Tuesday 4th December at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. An insightful & engaging keynote address was delivered by David McCourt, Emeritus Board, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Photos from the event can be viewed here. A highlights video from the event can be watched here. David McCourt’s full speech can be watched here.
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School News and Events
New Opportunities for UCD Smurfit School Students - CEMS MIM Programme
The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business will be the first US business school to join CEMS – the Global Alliance in Management Education. The collaboration will provide the opportunity for CEMS MIM students at UCD Smurfit School who wish to gain part of their business education from a US Ivy League school. Read more.
 
UCD Smurfit School MBA Experience Day
Are you considering undertaking an MBA? On Saturday, January 26th 2019 UCD Smurfit School will host a unique event for prospective MBA participants. Attendees will have the chance to attend lectures, take a tour of the campus, participate in a leadership & development session, and network with the MBA team. To find out more please click here.
UCD Smurfit School Masters Open Evening
Join us at our Open Evening on Wednesday 6th February to find out more about our wide range of specialist Business Masters courses. This event is an excellent opportunity for students from both business and non-business backgrounds to gain an insight into the postgraduate courses offered at Ireland's leading business school. To find out more click here.
 
Sunday Business Post MBA Scholarship
UCD Smurfit School is delighted to partner with the Sunday Business Post in offering an MBA scholarship for the full-time or Executive part-time MBA. Applications open on February 13th. To find out more about this great opportunity click here.
 
Teaching and Learning & 10 Year Service Awards
Congratulations to all those who won awards for their teaching, contributions to student learning, and service, and also to those who received citations in recognition of the extraordinary teaching and support they provide to students. Click to view photo collage & list of winners.
 
2018 Entrance Essay Award Winner Announced
On 27th November the Quinn School of Business awarded Yash Goenka, Stage 1 Economics and Finance student, the inaugural 2018 Quinn School of Business Entrance Essay Award. The Entrance Essay award, launched in 2018, is a new competition for international students, intending to pursue their undergraduate studies in Quinn School of Business. Read more.
 
Shape Your Career - Find A Mentor
Is your career progressing accordingly to your plan? Do you know what steps to take in order to achieve your goals? Do you feel like you need guidance and support? If this sounds familiar this programme is for you. Whether you are a current student or an alumni of UCD, over 850 experienced mentors are available to offer their guidance.
 
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