NUI Maynooth today confirmed the appointment of Mr. Bertie Ahern T.D., Former Taoiseach, to the role of Honorary Adjunct Professor of Mediation and Conflict Intervention in the School of Business and Law. Commenting on the appointment, Dr Robert Galavan, Head of the School of Business and Law said, “The study of Mediation and Conflict Intervention is of growing importance in many arenas – from business, commercial, and legal areas, to the many interventions focused on achieving and maintaining world peace. NUI Maynooth is unique in offering courses dedicated to developing the competence of practitioners in mediation and conflict intervention. We currently have 25 students undertaking studies at Masters and Diploma level in this field. The School of Business and Law, in conjunction with the Department of Adult & Community Education also provides specialist programmes including the Certificate in Strategic Leadership for senior officers in the Irish Defence Forces who have a growing remit in international conflict zones.”
“Bertie Ahern is recognised nationally and internationally as a negotiator and mediator of extraordinary expertise. He played a pivotal role in creating and sustaining successive programmes of social partnership and national consensus. His consistently positive and patient guidance of the Northern Ireland Peace process, involving all the political parties in the North, in partnership with Prime Minister Blair and President Clinton, deserved the outstanding local success and international acclaim it achieved. He continues to play a very active mediation role with the Harvard Conflict Group, within the World Economic Forum. This appointment represents a wonderful opportunity for students of NUI Maynooth to benefit from the wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience of one of the world’s foremost mediators”, he said.
Delma Sweeney, Director of Mediation Programmes at NUI Maynooth continued, “There is a growing need for alternate dispute resolution mechanisms in a range of areas and our programmes equip students to cater for this need and build fulfilling careers. To support the ongoing development of education, training and research in mediation and conflict intervention at NUI Maynooth, we are establishing a high level working group which includes Peter Cassells former head of ICTU and Chairman of the National Centre for Partnership and Performance, Kieran Mulvey, CEO of the Labour Relations Commission, Patricia Rickard-Clarke, full-time Law Reform Commissioner, and Lieutenant General Dermot Earley, Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces who will work closely with Dr. Robert Galavan from the School of Business and Law, and Professor Anne Ryan from the Department of Adult and Community Education”.
NUI Maynooth is the current Sunday Times “University of the Year”.
Ends 25th March 2009
For further information contact: Deirdre Watters, NUI Maynooth Communications +353 1 708 3363