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Hincks Educators Seminar

How do we prepare students to work creatively and collaboratively within Industry?


The primary education goal is to ensure graduates have the best technical skills possible, but graduates also need to be creative, and successfully collaborate to meet businesses’ innovation and entrepreneurial needs.
So, how can educators nurture and strengthen the creativity and collaboration skills without losing focus on the core technical abilities? This seminar will explore how Design Thinking and Project Management skills can be used within undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, to provide students with these innovation and entrepreneurial skills.

Target Audience: 

Lecturers and researchers from all CIT campuses.  This Seminar is particularly aimed at lecturers of the CIT module, business, craft, engineering, science, creative arts, project management, innovation, entrepreneurship, industry/enterprise. Also of interest to work-placement facilitators.
Facilitator: Keith Finglas
Keith is an engineer (B.E., Mech. Eng. 1985 UCD) with 32 years’ experience as a project manager working for General Electric, Guinness and Intel. His final role with Intel was running the Project Office in Intel’s European Innovation Centre in Ireland.
Working in the areas of Design Thinking and Project Management, he works with MNCs, State Agencies and SMEs to help design and implement innovation systems and processes. Since 2003, he has been working with a number of 3rd level institutions, developing and delivering Design Thinking and Project Management courses to over 3,000 students at Levels 8 and 9.

Outline of Seminar Schedule:

Time: 8.30-9.00

Registration and Light Refreshments

Time: 9.00-10.15
Session Topic: Introduction and topic background
Delivery: Lecture and workshop

Time: 10.15-10.30
Coffee/tea Break

Time: 10.30-12.00
Session Topic: Capabilities and challenges
Delivery: Lecture and workshop

Time: 12.30 – 1.00
Session Topic: Workplace challenges
Delivery: Lecture

This is a free event but booking is essential as places are limited.

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