The Farmleigh Fellowship has announced it has given the opportunity of a lifetime to a number of students from Tipperary to work and study in Asia as part of the UCC Masters programme in Asian Business Studies (MBS). Edmund Burke and Mary O’Connell, and Fintan Ryan, all from Tipperary, arrived in Singapore this week and they have now embarked on an intensive nine month corporate work experience programme with some of Ireland’s top companies in Asia.
The students will also study at one of Asia’s top three business schools, Nanyang Technological University.
Edmund, from Clonmel said: “I came across the Farmleigh scholarship and I thought that this was a tremendous opportunity to further my commercial experience and get experience with some of the most exciting markets in Asia.” Mary, also from Clonmel, highly recommended the course. She said: “I would definitely encourage people from Tipperary to apply for the Farmleigh Fellowship course. It’s an ideal set up in which you get to study and also move to Singapore. Fintan, from Newport, said: “I’ve spent about 3 years in China and Korea previously and I thought I could use my cultural skills in the context of the Farmleigh Fellowship programme. It is wonderful opportunity to see the world and study in a very exciting part of the world.”
Now in its third successive year, the Farmleigh Fellowship has a total of 45 graduates, a number that will rise to 65 by the end of 2013. The Farmleigh Fellows have successfully completed their studies whilst working in partnership with the Irish government and industry in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Dubai and Tokyo. This year, there was a 45% increase in the number of applicants compared with last year, reflecting the growing demand from Irish students for hands-on experience in the Asian market.
The programme itself has attracted significant support from the private sector in the form of Irish companies who sponsor the students through the provision of funding, workplace experience and mentoring. Current sponsors include Abbott, CIDF, CRH, Cut-e, ConnectIreland, Diageo, Digicel, ESBI, PCH, Glanbia, H&K International, MKO Partners, and Saongroup. The Department of Foreign Affairs, Enterprise Ireland and the IDA are also partners in the programme, along with UCC and NTU. In addition to sponsors, the students are also supported by individual mentors, all successful Irish business people who are living and working on the ground in Asia. Fred Combe, Chairman of The Farmleigh Fellowship said, “This is a life-changing opportunity for young Irish professionals to gain real life work skills in Asia. It is also a talent development pipeline for Irish companies, wishing to operate in the fastest growth markets in the world. We encourage other Irish companies, who are serious about Asia to join us as sponsors on the programme. Large, medium or small, all of the companies who have participated are full of praise for the effectiveness of this unique, world-class programme.”