UCD set to go green with unique degree

Published in Daily Mail

January 30, 2012

IRELAND’S aim to lead the field in green technology got a boost yesterday with the unveiling of the first MSc Energy and Environmental Finance course.

The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School will offer the new course from this September and it is aimed at those who want to pursue a career in the energy and environmental markets.

The programme, which was officially launched at the offices of Accenture Ireland, is designed for graduates from a wide variety of disciplines including finance, economics, engineering, environmental science and mathematics.

The MSc has emerged from a collaboration of industry leaders and academics in a bid to step up the campaign to see Ireland become estab- lished as the global centre for green business, carbon management and green finance.

This morning’s launch was attended by public and private sector representatives

such as Ken Macken, Environ- mental Protection Agency; Brendan Bruen, Financial Services Ireland; Brian Motherway, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland; Pádraig Rushe, the Green IFSC Steering Group; and Marion Corcoran, senior executive client director with Accenture.

‘Creative and analytical’

Professor Ciarán ÓhÓgartaigh, Dean UCD School of Business said: ‘This is a unique programme which encourages students to develop creative and analytical approaches to problem solving in the energy-environ-

ment sphere. ‘As Ireland’s global business school we strive to actively develop expertise in relevant areas of national and inter- national interest.

‘We are pleased to contribute to the area of energy and environmental finance as part of the Green IFSC’s strategic development.’






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