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DCUBS Students Win Accenture 'Leaders of Tomorrow' Award
9th March 2009
A team of talented students from DCUâ€™s M.Sc. in Electronic Commerce (Business) programme have scooped the top prize in the annual Accenture â€˜Leaders of Tomorrow Awardâ€™.
The team of Mark Dolan, Alex Hampton and Joseph Gilmer were presented with the specially commissioned Leaders of Tomorrow trophy and will now tour Accenture sites in the USA and India as part of their prize.
The Accenture â€˜Leaders of Tomorrow Awardâ€™, open to third-level graduates across the country, seeks to recognise, identify and foster the next generation of talent that will help in shaping the public, private and social landscape of Ireland in the coming years.
The winning team, who are Masters students in Electronic Commerce (Business) at DCU, along with the other finalists, made a presentation to a judging panel comprised of leading Irish business figures including Danuta Gray, CEO, O2; Barry Oâ€™Leary, CEO, IDA Ireland; Gina Quinn, CEO, Dublin Chamber of Commerce; Cathal Muckian, Head of Commercial Banking, BOI; Mark Ryan, Country Managing Director, Accenture Ireland; and Marian Corcoran, Head of Management Consulting, Accenture Ireland.
Mark Ryan, Country
Managing Director for Accenture in Ireland said, â€œWe established the
Leaders of Tomorrow awards with the express aim of investing in
graduates to allow them develop the tools and skills necessary for a
life in business. All future business leaders must understand the
importance of leadership skills to their success and also seek to
fully adhere to the principles of economic, social and environmental
sustainability for the well-being of all in society.â€
â€œThe competition, now in its second year, has again seen an overwhelming response from Irelandâ€™s third level institutions. The support of such high-calibre judges is a further endorsement that the nurturing of future talent is seen as a key priority in Ireland.â€ He added.
The prize-winning DCU students beat off stiff competition from Irelandâ€™s third level graduate community, with other finalists representing Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, Dublin Institute of Technology, and Smurfit School of Business.
The winning prize is
designed to provide students with a hands-on understanding and
appreciation of the changing business, technology and leadership
landscape which faces Irish leaders today. The trip will include
visits to Bangalore, India, an emerging economy, and New York City,
a global business hub, which will provide the opportunity to
experience some of the different economies, global locations and
innovation trends which will shape the environment in which Ireland
will need to continue to compete.
A group of students from DCUâ€™s M.Sc. in Electronic Commerce narrowly missed out on the top prize in the inaugural running of the competition last year. This strong showing, followed by this year's win, highlights the esteem in which students of the programme are held in industry.