EFMD With Support From GMAC Holds Masters Conference at Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick

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LIMERICK, IRELAND--(Marketwire - Nov 27, 2012) - EFMD, with the support of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), will hold the third edition of EFMD's Conference on Master Programmes (http://www.efmd.org/index.php/events/event/103-2012-efmd-conference-on-master-programmes) in Limerick, Ireland, from 3-5 December 2012. The event will be hosted by Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick (http://www.ul.ie/business/). The Steering Committee has put together an outstanding programme that will answer a fundamental question: Master Programmes - Do They Deliver?

Presentations will include a mix of plenary and breakout sessions:

  • Trends In European Master Degree Programmes -- Jane Delbene, Director of Marketing, EMEA, Graduate Management Admission Council, UK

  • Relevance of Master programmes from the corporate perspective -- Carmel O'Connor, People Partner, PwC, IE & Constantin Beier, Chief Executive, Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics, IE

  • Expectations of Masters Graduates (Employability, Skills, What are they looking for?) -- Panel of Masters Students and Recent Graduates from the Kemmy Business School Masters' Programmes

  • Entrepreneurship -- Manuel Marin, Head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, EADA, ES

  • Blended Learning -- Enrique Dans, Professor of Information Systems IE, ES (TBC)

  • Managing Student Expectations for Programme Success -- Ara Yeghiazarian, Course Director, MSc In International Business Management, Kingston University, UK

  • Sustainability - Ethics/CSR - How to Integrate it into the Curriculum -- Patrick M. Murphy, Managing Director, Center for Sustainable Energy, University of Notre Dame, US

  • Embracing Technology -- Michael Meagher, Academic Engagement Manager, Microsoft, IE

  • Master Programmes from a Global Perspective -- Susan Hart, Dean, Strathclyde Business School, UK

EFMD, the leading global network for business schools and companies, and GMAC, a council of the world's leading business schools and the owner of the GMAT exam, have been at the forefront of raising the standards of management education and development around the world and have been long-standing partners for over a decade.

"We are delighted to be working with GMAC and Kemmy Business School to bring our community together to explore, share and exchange ideas and examples of best practice for Masters programmes", said Prof. Eric Cornuel, the CEO and director general of EFMD.

"Masters programmes have been performing extremely well, both in terms of student and corporate recruiter demand. In 2012, 74% of programmes reported increases in application volumes, a big jump from 51% in 2011", said David Wilson, GMAC president and CEO. "We are very pleased to work with EFMD on this Masters Conference. This meeting will be an important opportunity for business schools to exchange views and ideas about the impact of these programmes on graduate management education and how to deliver real value".

The full conference programme is available via www.efmd.org/events. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Diana Grote diana.grote@efmd.org. For further information on GMAC please contact Jane Delbene (jdelbene@gmac.com).

About EFMD
EFMD is an international membership organization, based in Brussels, Belgium. With more than 780 member organizations from academia, business, public service and consultancy in 82 countries, EFMD provides a unique forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in management development. EFMD is recognized globally as an accreditation body of quality in management education and has established accreditation services for business schools and business school programmes, corporate universities and technology-enhanced learning programmes. More information about EFMD is available via www.efmd.org, the EFMD blog (http://www.efmd.org/blog) and @EFMDnews on Twitter (https://twitter.com/EFMDNews).

About GMAC
The Graduate Management Admission Council (gmac.com) is a non-profit education organization of the world's leading graduate business schools and owner of the GMAT exam, accepted by more than 5,600 graduate business and management programmes worldwide. GMAC is based in Reston, Virginia, and has regional offices in London, New Delhi and Hong Kong. The GMAT exam -- the only worldwide standardized test designed expressly for graduate business and management programmes -- is available more than 250 days a year at more than 550 test centres in more than 110 countries. More information about the GMAT exam is available at www.mba.com. Go to http://gmac.com/newscenter and follow @GMACNewsCenter on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GMACNewsCenter).

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