Center For Irish Management Gains $1M

By Michael Seele
Chronicle Editor

The University's Center for Irish Management has been awarded a $1 million grant from the United States government to further the work it is doing in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Congress authorized the expenditure and President Clinton signed the bill earlier this month. The money will be available during the government's current fiscal year.

"This has been over a year in the making," said Senior Vice President James P. McIntyre. "It is important to Boston College because it helps the Irish, who are part of our heritage. It will help the Irish economy and, therefore, help the peace process, which is something Boston College wants to do."

"I'm thrilled that the government has invested in the center," said CIM Director Sean Rowland. "This completes the circle started in 1986 when [Executive Vice President] Frank Campanella first agreed to work with the University of Ulster. We are now working with the American government, the European Community, and the Irish and British governments. We find we are being supported, either directly or indirectly, by all of them."

Rowland said the funds will "provide us with a stronger group of programs" in management education and community development.

"Boston College is doing more than any other American university in its involvement with Ireland's corporate and community life," Rowland added. "We are working with key advisors in the north and south of Ireland, who are looking to Boston College - including the Boston College corporate community - for expertise."

The Center for Irish Management combines academic components with hands-on experience in providing management development and executive education to Irish managers, with the goal of enhancing economic growth on the island. Since its founding in 1993, CIM has grown into a unique American resource in Ireland, providing business education and community development services to the populations of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

This year has been an evolutionary one for CIM. It opened with the establishment of the center's Dublin office, included major programs in tourism and community development, the grant, and a visit last week by Irish President Mary Robinson.

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