World-Leading Experts Deliver Part-Time Diploma For Export Growth At UCD Smurfit School

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World-Leading Experts Deliver Part-Time Diploma For Export Growth At UCD Smurfit School

In recent years, the potential of Ireland’s food and drink industry has come centre stage, with the industry routinely identified as presenting major opportunities for employment and wealth creation. These opportunities exist internationally and thus require careful preparation by companies and their people.

Professor Damien McLoughlin, UCD Smurfit School, said “The Diploma in Strategic Growth (Food Industry) provides an ideal platform for anyone looking to enhance their abilities, accelerate their career, and improve the success of their business.”

He added, “there has never been a greater need for industry specific education to meet the challenges now facing those working in this fast growing and increasingly global sector”.

Modules focus on specific challenges of the food sector and are delivered by a team of world-leading food business experts from UCD Smurfit School, Harvard Business School, IMD Business School and M.I.T. (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology).

The programme is designed for those with responsibilities in: sales, marketing, food production, NPD, farming, food retailing, retail buying, entrepreneurial ventures and specialists such as Agricultural and Food Science graduates seeking to enhance their business acumen.


According to Sonja Matthews, Head of Category & Trade Marketing – UK & IRL, Glanbia Performance Nutrition, "The programme was designed and delivered by leading international food industry experts. The modules provided me with a deeper understanding of export development strategy and provided me with a framework for implementation which is proving invaluable to my current role. I would highly recommend the programme to anyone looking to enhance their career and company's success in food industry."

This part-time, professional Diploma in Strategic Growth (Food Industry) is a fully accredited UCD programme (NFQ Level 9) delivered over a series of 5 manageable blocks of two- or three-day modules held between December 2014 and June 2015. The diploma programme also feeds into the pathway to the MSc in Business (Leadership and Management Practice) at UCD Smurfit School.

For further details email [email protected] or Tel. 01 7168049 and visit

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