The Center for Irish Management has opened an office in Dublin, a move expected to bolster its efforts to foster economic opportunities for Ireland and American-Irish business partnerships.
The CIM office is located in the St. Stephen's Green area, which CIM Director Sean Rowland said is renowned as a hub of high-level commerce. Aideen Dolan, who worked on the CIM staff at its Boston College headquarters, is the office administrator.
Through the Dublin office, Rowland said, CIM will be able to oversee Boston College faculty involved in Ireland-based projects and firm up ties with current or potential partners for its management programs. This will be instrumental in helping the center continue as an educational resource for Irish entrepreneurs and managers, he said, as well as a facilitator for cooperative ventures between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.
"We've formed a very good link to Ireland already," Rowland said. "Having an office in Dublin gives us more of a permanent, visible presence."
Rowland said establishment of the office heralds what promises to be another highly formative year for CIM, which will enter its fourth year of operation this spring. Last week, the center welcomed a group of Irish hoteliers for its latest program in tourism marketing management, which includes a trade seminar with tourism board representatives from the Irish Republic, Northern Ireland and the US.
In addition to considering several other projects, CIM will continue sponsoring programs in advanced management for senior Irish executives, local development for Irish community leaders and entrepreneurial skills for small businesses.
Rowland said the center has had an encouraging reception from the Irish government, noting that officials and leaders - including Nobel Peace Prize nominee John Hume, Minister for Tourism and Trade Enda Kenny and Irish Consul General Conor O'Riordan - are "strong supporters of [our] mission and have contributed to the continued development and success" of its programs.
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