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DkIT Masters Programme Wins Big at Education Awards 2019 for Second Year

27 February 2019

The MBS in Entrepreneurship & Marketing at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has been awarded an Education Award 2019 for Best International Collaboration Project. This is the second year that the programme has received this award and last year it was also awarded the prize for Best Academic Partnership.



The one-year full-time MBS programme has been recognised for its innovative international partnership between DkIT and Heilbronn University in Germany. The ‘hands-on’ postgraduate programme has been designed to enhance learners’ understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation in practice. In addition to its unique Irish-German collaborative teaching delivery, the MBS also includes an international strategy residential session, live industry-based student projects and student exchange opportunities.

Speaking today, Professor Colette Henry, Head of Department of Business Studies said,

“In line with DkIT’s strategic commitment to entrepreneurship education and to regional and international engagement, this programme encourages learners to identify the key competencies required to become successful entrepreneurs. Through a series of practical, industry-focused assignments, they will explore the role of creativity in the context of new business venture creation. The Education Award 2019 is a wonderful validation of the programme.”

Dr Brian Boyd, Programme Director of the MBS in Entrepreneurship & Marketing also commented,

“We are delighted that the MBS programme has been recognised once again at the Education Awards 2019.  The programme is one of the Institute’s most popular postgraduate courses and our partnership with Heilbronn University in Germany adds a unique international perspective to the course. Students on this course have the opportunity to engage in real-life international business learning environments. By working in multicultural teams they can expand their network and can share valuable industry experiences which is beneficial to both their learning development and their future careers.”

Previous students on this course have progressed to work in all areas of business including marketing, finance, HR and business development. Others used the experience to pursue their own entrepreneurial ambitions.

Also speaking today Annemarie McGahon, a past MBS student and current PhD student at DkIT added,

“I enjoyed working alongside students in the Heilbronn University. In addition to making new connections, I have learned alternate approaches in strategic thinking and planning from the German academic system. It has definitely sparked my interest in international business and opened my eyes to working cross-cultural teams.”

DkIT has strong reputation in entrepreneurship education. In 2016, DkIT was identified by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as one of leading institutes in Ireland for embedding entrepreneurship in higher education and featured in a published case study of best practice. More recently DkIT was named national winner of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2017 for its development of the BSc. (Hons) in Engineering Entrepreneurship programme.


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MBS in Entrepreneurship & Marketing 

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  • Dr. Brian Boyd
  • Head of Department of Business Studies