FDIB Ireland

About the Program

The University of Connecticut School of Business Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) is pleased to announce the Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) program Ireland: An Economic Renaissance. This new FDIB program will provide the participants with a greater understanding of Ireland’s economic resurgence over the last two decades created through increased FDI, expanded exporting, a focus on high tech innovative entrepreneurship and a commitment to strengthening the international financial services sector.

This program is designed for faculty from business, international business, economics and international studies interested in using the example of Ireland in their curriculum, business outreach and research. CIBER also welcomes business professionals from aerospace, financial and manufacturing companies to join the program.  A portion of the program will take place in Shannon looking at the world’s oldest Free Trade Zone, and Shannon’s “Aerospace Cluster.” The program will include business visits to Irish businesses, multi-national corporate offices, government organizations, financial sector companies, and will incorporate lectures, discussion sessions, and cultural excursions. Participants will have the opportunity to network with academics and business representatives.

Update from the May 2017 trip:

CIBER’s Inaugural Faculty Development in International Business program to Ireland was a rousing success. Faculty from UConn, George Washington University, Old Dominion University, Florida International University and Winona State University, along with guests, visited both the University College Dublin (a U21 partner) and the University of Limerick’s Kemmy School of Business on our first and last day, respectively, of the program. UCD faculty provided the group with a solid base from which to begin their week learning about the Irish Economic Renaissance. History professor, Paul Rouse, provided a fascinating lecture on Irish history focusing on the economic ramifications of the potato famine and the subsequent exodus from Ireland. UConn School of Business PhD graduate, Dr. Ciaran Heavy spoke on Ireland’s economic competitiveness and current business climate. His presentation was the perfect preparation for our meetings over the next few days with Government agencies such as IDA Ireland , and with companies such as Deloitte and KPMG. Visiting Deloitte’s cutting-edge BlockChain Lab was an eye opening experience for most of the participants, who after the excellent presentation left feeling they were better equipped to discuss the issue of blockchain in their classes. KPMG partners, Anna Scally and John  …spoke about all the reasons FDI has grown in Ireland and reasons it’s still a great idea for companies to invest there.  They also touched on the huge explosion in the bio-tech industry and the strength of its presence in Dublin and Cork. Because of this and other recommendations, we have added Cork to the itinerary for the 2018 program. Finally, we ended the program in Shannon with presentations at GEGCS on the Airline Leasing Industry and Enterprise Ireland,  a lecture and tour of the world’s oldest Free Trade Zone in Shannon and all the developments associated with the historic location. Visiting both the east and west coasts of the country provided participants with a comprehensive overview for understanding the ongoing economic renaissance in Ireland.

For the 2018 Ireland program we plan to visit Shannon, Cork and Dublin adding a focus this year on Bio-Tech and Sustainable Business. A new brochure will be posted in October of 2017.

You may download the 2017 program flyer for an example here: Ireland brochure

Photos from 2017 program.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/uconnbusiness/sets/72157683513280990


May 2018 (exact dates TBD)


Ireland: Dublin, Cork, Shannon

Intended Audience

Faculty from business, international business, economics and international studies. Business professionals from such industries as aerospace, financial services, pharmaceuticals, bio-tech and manufacturing, and professionals with an interest in international business and sustainable business.


To register for FDIB/PDIB Ireland 2018, please complete the following registration form.

Contact Information

CIBER, University of Connecticut, (860) 486-5458, arminda.kamphausen@uconn.edu.