Students from Atlantic Technological University (ATU) and Munster Technological University (MTU) have won recognition from SAP Labs Ireland for their sustainable ideas for addressing contemporary business challenges, at an academic poster competition and exhibition hosted by ATU Galway recently attended by the President of ATU Dr Orla Flynn, the Head of MTU Cork School of Business Dr Breda Kenny, and the Managing Director of SAP Labs Ireland Liam Ryan.-
The event marks ATU’s (formerly GMIT) 50 years of technological higher education in the west and SAP Labs Ireland’s celebration of 50 years in business, 1972–2022, 25 of those in Ireland.
Students from ATU and MTU Schools of Business, supported by academic staff from both universities, displayed their ideas in an academic poster format on three themes: Sustainability in Digital Media, Mobile Application Design, and Contemporary Management. Staff from SAP Labs Ireland kindly adjudicated the competition.
Forty-eight posters were displayed from students and students teams on the Master of Science in Digital Media and Marketing (L9), delivered in the Mayo campus, Bachelor of Business (Honours) (L8) delivered in the Galway city campus, and Business Information Systems (L8) delivered in the MTU Cork campus.
The winners in three themed categories are:
Conor Bourke, Liam McKiernan, Alan Owens and Cillian Donnellan, all BBS (Hons) degree students from ATU for their project titled, “Challenges for contemporary management”;
Grainne Harte, ATU student on the post graduate Cert in Digital Media and Marketing for her project titled “Digital media for organisations, individuals, and society”;
Diarmuid Lucey, Cathal Molloy and Adam Murphy, all MTU third year students on the BIS (Hons) degree programme for their project titled “Mobile application design for sustainable development goals”
A special ATU/MTU Business Award for the best presentation of an idea was voted by ATU/MTU management and was awarded to Saul O’Brien and Ryan O’Keeffe of the MTU Cork Campus.
The inaugural ATU-MTU-SAP poster competition and exhibition was organised by lecturers in the School of Business, ATU Galway-Mayo and MTU including Dr Miriam McSweeney, ATU Galway-Mayo, Dr Michael Moran and Laura Hegarty, ATU Galway-Mayo, and Dr Fred Creedon, MTU Cork.
The event was attended by Turlough Rafferty, iHub, ATU Galway-Mayo, Dr Breda Kenny, Head of School of Business, MTU Cork, Dr Seamus Lennon, Head of School of Business, ATU Galway-Mayo and Dr Meghann Drury-Grogan, Head of Department of Enterprise & Technology, School of Business, ATU Galway-Mayo.
Dr Miriam McSweeney from the School of Business, ATU Galway-Mayo, who has been collaborating with SAP Labs Ireland (Galway) on student projects for a number of years, says: “This collaborative event offers our students a unique opportunity to meet with and learn from senior managers and technical experts from SAP Labs Ireland. Our students get to showcase their research work, express their ideas, and network with SAP personnel – on-e of the world’s top software companies and a potential employer for our graduates.”
Liam Ryan, Managing Director, SAP Labs Ireland, says: “On the occasion of SAP celebrating 25 years in Ireland and as SAP celebrates its 50th anniversary globally we are delighted to co-host the competition with Atlantic Technological University and Munster Technological University. Over the past 25 years SAP Ireland, including Alumni from ATU and MTU, have helped guide customers and partners on their transformation journeys. The competition categories of digital media for organisations, individuals, and society - challenges for contemporary management - mobile application design for sustainable development goals align perfectly with our strategy enabling every enterprise to become intelligent, networked and sustainable. Many congratulations to ATU Galway-Mayo as they celebrate fifty years of technological higher education in the west of Ireland.”
Dr Fred Creedon, MTU, says: “This initiative between Atlantic Technological University, Munster Technological University and SAP demonstrates the power of collaboration. Beyond the task at hand of developing a mobile application that addresses UN sustainable goals, our students in MTU have the opportunity to showcase their work at a national level, and to see the wonderful academic and career opportunities that may be available to them in ATU and SAP. It has been a joy to work with the organising teams in ATU and SAP, and really look forward to meeting in person after so many hours in virtual meetings.”
For further information on the courses mentioned, please see:
MSc.in Digitial Media and Marketing (Level 9) Department of Enterprise & Technology School of Business ATU Galway Mayo
Bachelor of Business (Honours) (Level 8 – Year 4) undergraduates Department of Enterprise & Technology School of Business ATU Galway Mayo
Business Information Systems (Level 8) Department of Accounting & Information Systems, School of Business, Munster Technological University