The KPMG Skills Zone at the UCD Moore Centre for Business in Dublin will allow business students to learn in an environment that celebrates innovation, creativity and adaptability. This investment in education reinforces KPMG’s position as the leading employer of talented graduates in Ireland.
The KPMG Skills Zone is part of a new €20 million UCD Moore Centre for Business, opened by founding donor and business leader Angela Moore. It honours the legacy of her late husband entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr George Moore, one of the founding fathers of data analytics. Integrating fully with the UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business, the new wing increases the School’s space by almost 50 per cent and was designed by internationally renowned architects RKD.
To help advance our students, we have created the new KPMG Skills Zone—a place which empowers students to develop and enhance their soft and analytical skills.
Commenting on KPMG’s investment in education, Managing Partner Seamus Hand said “The UCD Moore Centre for Business will allow business students to learn in an environment that celebrates innovation, creativity and adaptability—characteristics we know to be essential for their success in the workforce and as global citizens as we face bold challenges on an unprecedented scale. To help advance our students, we have created the new KPMG Skills Zone—a place which empowers students to develop and enhance their soft and analytical skills in an environment that allows for maximum personal growth and success. To further support students, we have created a scholarship programme that offers talented students financial support as they discover their academic talents in pursuit of their career goals.”
The UCD Moore Centre for Business and the KPMG Skills Zone provide extensive co-working spaces mimic those in start-ups and innovation hubs, encouraging informal and formal interaction and collaboration. The UCD Moore Centre for Business also provides media suites, problem-solving classrooms with Oculus virtual-reality headsets, a green roof and slow down zone to encourage mindfulness as just some of the highlights of this forward-looking learning environment.
Professor Anthony Brabazon, UCD Dean of Business said: “As Ireland’s leading business school we have a consistent track record of investing in world-class facilities that present our students with every opportunity to excel and differentiate themselves as they enter the world of business.”
Explaining the vision of the UCD Moore Centre for Business, Associate Professor Maeve Houlihan, Director of the UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business said: “Through this extraordinary initiative, we will expand the mix of learning experiences we offer to meet an evolving and more diverse world.”
A highlight of the opening event was panel discussion, Looking Back and Looking Forward, led by RTE presenter and UCD alumna Miriam O’Callaghan with UCD business alumni including Breege O’Donoghue (BComm 1972), Chair of Design and Craft Council of Ireland, Chair of Real World Analytics and former Board Member at Primark; Philip Berber (BComm 1979) Irish-American entrepreneur and philanthropist, founder of Glimmer of Hope Foundation; Gareth Lambe (BComm International 1994), Head of Facebook Ireland; Aengus Kelly (BComm 1995) CEO of Aercap; and Jane-Ann McKenna (BComm 2003) Strategic Plan Development, Médicins San Frontières HQ.