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Spring School at the College of Business

Posted: 1 April, 2015

The College of Business, DIT, hosted the first ‘Spring School’ for students of Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics (Finec) from March 20th to March 27th. The Russian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Maxim Peshkov, formally opened the Spring School which took place in DIT Aungier Street.

Finec’ Spring School’ students are welcomed to DIT by His Excellency Maxim Peshkov, Russian Ambassador to Ireland, and the Dean of the College of Business, Paul O’ Sullivan

Fourteen students participated, from a variety of backgrounds including Business, Finance and International Relations.  They were accompanied by lecturer Nadya Alekseeva.  Their programme included lectures in Risk Management and Strategic Management and they were given opportunities to visit some Irish enterprises and to enjoy cultural events, including a visit to the Chest.

Students attended lectures in Risk Management, delivered by Dr Valentina Tarkovska, Programme Director of the MSc International Banking and Finance in DIT.  This programme offers students an opportunity to study for one Semester in Moscow and graduates are eligible for the award of Masters from two Institutions.  Brian Mc Gillion, Senior Lecturer in Strategy in the School of Accounting and Finance, guided students through the strategic issues of doing business in Ireland.


Dr Jim Hanly, Research Fellow, DIT College of Business, Dr Constantin Gurdgiev and architect and DIT graduate Maria Kiernan chatting with students

Lecturer in Marketing, Mary Lawlor, organised for the students to visit Docklands Innovation Park where they met with Manager Cairin O’Connor and entrepreneurs, including Ruth Ormiston who gave a presentation on the  start-up company she created, Cornude Popcorn.   Open lectures during the week were delivered by Dr Jim Hanly, DIT;  Dr Constantin Gurdiev, Chairman of the IRBA; and Maria Kiernan, Head of the Russian Irish Cultural Association who discussed contemporary issues in Business Development between Russia and Ireland.  Noel Murray, Managing Director of PAMES Management Company gave students a keen understanding of the Commercial Property market in Ireland.  

Mary Lawlor (left) and Cairin O’Connor (centre) with students during their visit to Docklands Innovation Park