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We’re delighted to have announced a five-year partnership with University College Cork (UCC) to fund further initiatives in support of its business education programme. The €600,000 bursary will see us provide funds to the University’s Business School for a range of student engagement activities, including scholarships, work experience, and events.

As part of the sponsorship, we will also create a dedicated Cork University Business School (CUBS) Research, Learning, and Teaching Development Fund to support the continued growth of its Accounting and Finance department. This will include supporting a faculty position for the department, which reinforces KPMG’s commitment to business education in Ireland.

Commenting on the investment KPMG’s Managing Partner, Seamus Hand, said, “Helping people maximise their potential and investing in education and training is a core principle at KPMG. This five-year sponsorship with Cork University Business School reinforces our commitment to continuous learning and recognises the vital role of our third-level institutions in Irish education and business.”

UCC Interim President, Professor John O’Halloran, commented, “We are incredibly grateful to KPMG for this generous gift which will enable transformational change through strategic investment in the university’s learning, teaching and research activities. KPMG’s support signifies a commitment to the university’s ambition for our Business School to become a global leader in the provision of sustainable business education, known for the excellence of the student learning experience and for the impact of its research on business and society. This partnership will facilitate the development of our students through high-impact experiential learning and effective practice-oriented research, helping to creating graduates who are both world and work ready.”

This partnership will facilitate the development of our students through high-impact experiential learning and effective practice-oriented research.

Professor John O’Halloran
UCC Interim President

We have over 3,500 people in offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast, and source a significant number of graduates from UCC each year.  According to KPMG’s Partner in Charge of Cork, Barrie O’Connell, “This partnership with Cork University Business School places us at the heart of business education in Ireland and demonstrates our continued strong relationships with UCC which is a significant pipeline of future talent for KPMG in Ireland. Cork and the wider Munster region are home to leading  multinationals and a host of dynamic domestic businesses operating in globally, and our partnership with UCC will help ensure that educated, talented people continue to have great opportunities for learning and employment locally, nationally and internationally."

Speaking on the impact that a UCC education has had on a large number of KPMG people, KPMG’s Head of Resourcing, Paul Vance, said, “UCC has created an exceptional ecosystem that helps develops talented professionals well positioned to make a great contribution to Irish business. We’re proud to provide exceptional career opportunities to UCC graduates as evidenced by the large number of UCC alumni at every level in KPMG.”

Welcoming KPMG’s investment, Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Head, College of Business and Law, UCC commented, “As Head of the College of Business and Law, I am delighted to welcome the generous support of KPMG to the Business School.  The scale and nature of this investment will help us to enhance the outstanding learning and development experience that our Business students receive here at UCC and we look forward to the mutual benefit of our partnership into the future.”

Professor Thia Hennessy, Dean, Cork University Business School added, “Today’s announcement of a five-year partnership between KPMG and UCC reasserts a commitment to maximise the potential of our students and the impact of graduates from Cork University Business School. The partnership will help us to continue providing our students with the ambition and knowledge to become the trailblazers that will shape how organisations put sustainability at the heart of business.”

Get in touch

If you'd like to know more about KPMG's five-year partnership with UCC, please contact Seamus Hand or Barrie O'Connell. We'd be delighted to hear from you.