CIT Celebrates 30 Years of Accounting Education
Published on: Monday, 12 May 2014
CIT’s School of Business held its inaugural CIT Accounting Alumni Reunion on Friday 9th May, 2014 in the Maryborough Hotel to celebrate 30 Years of Accounting Education in the region.
In attendance were Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern and his wife Eileen, President of CIT, Dr Brendan Murphy, CIT Governing Body Members, representatives from all of the Professional Accountancy Bodies ( Chartered Accountants Ireland, CIMA Ireland, ACCA Ireland, CPA Ireland, and Accounting Technicians Ireland), current staff and retirees and a large number of CIT Accounting Alumni both from practice and industry.
The black-tie event was a social occasion and an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with CIT, there were some formal speeches and attendees were also shown two accounting videos showing current students and their aspirations on their journey towards obtaining a CIT Accounting Degree and their pathway to gaining a professional qualification.
Martin and Mary O’Sullivan (pictured left), CIT Accounting Alumni who met as students 27 years ago and married, cut a cake to mark the occasion.
CIT has grown over the years to offer a number of accountancy programmes at undergraduate level and up through Masters and PhD level and also at professional level. CIT undertake Accountancy research in the areas of ERP, shared services and the ever changing role of the accountant in modern organisations and through the Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence are carrying out research for CPA Ireland on the “ Determinants of SME Growth in Ireland: How to identify and support them?”
CIT is the only provider in the region of all the professional body programmes and CIT’s School of Business currently has 470 students studying accountancy, 210 at undergraduate/postgraduate level and 260 on a part-time basis studying professional accountancy.
Dr Brendan Murphy, President of CIT stated during his address: “We thank all the professional bodies for their on-going support and co-operation in promoting accountancy as a career and for working closely with us. We are also fortunate over the years to have had many award winners in professional accountancy exams; a testament to the staff and high level of teaching that takes place in the Institute.”
CIT congratulated CIT Alumni Cormac Fitzgerald, newly appointed President of CPA Ireland and Niall Cremin incoming chair of the Southern Area of CIMA Ireland.
Gerard O’Donovan, Head of School of Business, CIT stated during his address: “As we have done so for the past 30 years and as we progress to become Munster Technological University we will continue to work with the Professional Accountancy Bodies, our partners in practice and industry to ensure our accounting programmes are relevant and our graduates are work ready and make a positive impact in organisations in the Cork region and beyond.”
After the formalities the alumni talked about their time at CIT with staff and the band ensured an enjoyable night was had by all.
For further information on accountancy programmes at CIT, www.cit.ie or Tel: 021 - 433 5900.
Photo Credit: Darragh Kane
Denis McCarthy, Divisional Director, CIMA Ireland; Don Crowley, Head of Department of Organisation & Professional Development,CIT; Dr Brendan Murphy, President, CIT; Gay Sheehan, Accounting Technicians Ireland; Eamonn Siggins, CPA Ireland; Louise Connaughton, CIMA Ireland; Brendan Lenihan, President, Chartered Accountants Ireland; Gerard O’Donovan, Head of School of Business,CIT; Caroline O'Reilly, Head of Department of Accounting & Information Systems,CIT; Cormac Fitzgerald, President, CPA Ireland; and Liz Hughes, ACCA Ireland.
Dr Brendan Murphy, President, CIT, pictured with CIT Alumni.
CIT Accounting Alumni Organising Committee