Maynooth University has partnered with leading Irish law firm Matheson to create the first-ever specialised Funds Law course available at an Irish university to educate graduates for accelerated entry into Ireland's growing International Financial Services Sector. A delegation from Matheson and Maynooth met today with Minister of State at the Department of Finance with Special Responsibility for International Financial Services Simon Harris to brief him on the employment potential of its specialised Funds Law course.
Welcoming the initiative Simon Harris TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for International Financial Services, noted that; "Talent is critical to Ireland's continued success as a leading European Financial Services' Centre. Education is thus central to the Government's recently published International Financial Services Strategy, IFS 2020. This innovation in the area of Funds Law, bringing practitioner experience to bear in the development of a highly specialised training offering, is an excellent example of the closer links between industry and higher education that IFS 2020 seeks to foster. I wish graduates of this course every success into the future."
Matheson Partner and founder of the course, Liz Grace said: "Ireland is recognised as a centre for excellence and innovation in investment funds and a key objective of the Government's IFS 2020 strategy is to drive Ireland's continuous improvement and competitiveness in international financial services. Partnerships such as this between academia and industry are vital to develop our graduates' expertise into the future, to support our graduates' employment prospects and to grow the skills necessary to continue the success of Ireland's international financial services sector."
A unique feature of the course is that Matheson directly employs the most talented graduates from the course, fast-tracking them into the sector. Matheson currently has two full-time employees from the first year of the course, Andrew Norry and Megan O'Connor, both having initially been awarded six month internships at the law firm. Andrew has now been chosen by Matheson for a secondment in London with one of Europe's largest asset managers.
Professor Michael Doherty, Head of the Law Department, Maynooth University said: "This collaboration with...