Scholarship and 20k bursary for DCU’s newest masters programme

Tadgh McNally

Ruairi Carberry

DCU’s Business School has announced a new masters programme in association with Bord Bia for the next academic year.

The programme, called MSc in Insights and Innovation, will include a full scholarship, as well as a tax-free bursary of 20,000 per successful applicant per year. 

The aim of the programme is to improve the innovation within the Irish food, drink and horticulture sectors. 

According to the programme descriptor, the programme will last 18 months. It will be divided up into an intensive study course from September to December, which takes place in DCU and Bord Bia. The second half, beginning January 2021, will be placement within a Bord Bia company.

Micheal Murphy, Bord Bia’s Organisation and Industry Talent Director said of the programme: “The MSc in Insights and Innovation complements our existing suite of programmes which focus on marketing, sustainability and international business and will enable us to expand the industry’s strategic capabilities as we work towards our ambitious growth targets.”

Applications for the programme are now being taken, with closing dates being May 15th. 

Executive Dean of DCU’s Business School, Professor Anne Sinnott said that the school was delighted to be working alongside Bord Bia on this programme.

“There are few companies where innovation is not right at the top of the corporate agenda and this is even more evident in the food and beverage industries where the threat of Brexit and intense competition make innovation the number one priority,” said Professor Sinnott. 

The programme itself is part of Bord Bia’s Talent Academy, which currently has 69 students taking part in five programmes in universities across Ireland.

This comes as Bord Bia recently announced that Irish food, drink and horticulture industries have hit record exports at 13 billion Euro in 2019. This is an increase from 12.1 billion in 2018.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Micheal Creed said it was due to the world class quality of Irish exports.

“2019’s record performance for Irish food and drink exports is testament to the resilience and dedication to sustainability and world class quality amongst our indigenous producers,” said Minister Creed.

According to Bord Bia, this is the tenth year running where exports have been growing. The total increase has been 67 per cent, or the equivalent of 5.6 billion euro.

Tadgh McNally

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