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Newly formed group - Event Management Educators Ireland (EMEI)

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By: Hannah Lee | Nov 8, 2021

In Spring 2020, following the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown throughout Ireland, which had devastating impacts on the wider festivals and events sector in Ireland, several educators in the field of event management initiated a discussion about how higher and further education in Ireland could best respond to the crisis. Resulting from these informal discussions, it was decided to form a new grouping - Event Management Educators Ireland (EMEI).

As academic stakeholders, the EMEI believe it is paramount that we collate and actively network to positively contribute to sustain the event industry through this pandemic and beyond. The current pandemic health restrictions have brought into sharp focus not only the fragility of the festival and events sector but it's vital role economically, socially, and culturally.

The main purpose of EMEI is to develop synergies between educators teaching and researching in the festival and event management studies arena, and to develop further collaborative links with the wider festival/ events sector, to the mutual benefit of all. The following areas will be the focus of the group going forward:

Alerting industry to educational & upskilling opportunities

  • Catalogue and make available the various event management certificate/ diploma/degree and postgraduate programmes available in the higher education sector in Ireland.

  • Life Long learning and up-skilling opportunities via Springboard Programmes, Special Purpose Awards, etc.

  • Seek input from industry on possible upskilling requirements

Alerting industry to placement opportunities & requirements

  • Catalogue and make available the various placement opportunities available in the higher education sector in Ireland on festival/ event management programmes, and HEIs to provide details of placement requirements (placement contract, duration, contact points etc.)

Networking with industry

  • Actively recruit students to become members of industry bodies so they can engage with the industry from the outset of their careers.

  • Invite practitioners to give guest lectures/ facilitate thesis research for mutual knowledge sharing.

  • Seek opportunities to co-host seminars/conferences on event-related topics.

Research

  • Liaising further with industry on applied research for undergraduate/ post graduate students e.g. practitioners can provide a list of suggested thesis topics

The EMEI would be delighted for practitioners to contact them if you have any questions or can see further opportunities to work together going forward. Please contact them on the email below:
eventmanagementei@gmail.com

Current Member Institutions, Colleges and Universities:
- AIT-LIT Consortium
- Dundalk Institute of Technology
- Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
- Institute of Art and Design, Dun Laoghaire
- IT Carlow
- IT Sligo
- Munster Technological University (Kerry)
- National University of Ireland, Galway
- Sound Training College Temple Bar
- TU Dublin
- University of Limerick
- Ulster University

 

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