The higher education system in Ireland has recently undergone a shift wherein polytechnics and institutes of technology have combined to form regional Technological Universities (TU). At Ireland-BC Partnership Day on June 28, we will examine how Ireland’s TUs could serve as a model for BC to evolve its work-integrated learning, apprenticeship and vocational and trades training practices. Ireland’s Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, leads a delegation and a day of activities that include networking and bilateral meetings.
There will be networking opportunities at the end of the Ireland/BC Partnership Day on June 28 if you are interested in meeting with members from the Irish delegation. You must be registered for BCIEW to take part in these networking opportunities.
Dr Flynn commenced her academic career as a Lecturer in Computer Science, holding undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Mathematical Physics and Computer Science from University College Cork, an MA in Management in Education from WIT, and a PhD from the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick. She is a Director on the Boards of HEANet and Galway Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to returning to Ireland Cáit was the Dean of the first International Hotel Management School in China – Les Roches Jin Jiang International, a joint venture collaboration between Laureate Education and the Chinese government organisation Jin Jiang. Cáit has also worked in Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Cáit is member of the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI) and was admitted to the College of Fellows in November 2017. Cáit serves on several regional and national committees including the Galway European Capital of Culture Steering Committee, Galway European Region of Gastronomy Executive and the Careers Oversight Group for the Hospitality and Tourism industry. She is also an expert panel member of IGCAT – Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism in Spain.
She was awarded the Mike Butt Award in 2013 by the Restaurant Association of Ireland for services to the tourism industry.