John Bruton launches a new MSc in Sustainable Energy Finance for Ireland to help promote the jurisdiction as a world leading centre of excellence for green finance.
The launch at the Convention Centre Dublin - the world's first carbon neutral convention centre - builds on the highly innovative Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Energy Finance from DCU which was a first of its kind for the country.
Developed by DCU Business School in association with the financial services sector through the Summit Finuas Network and funded by Skillnets, the new MSc in Sustainable Energy Finance will equip finance and related professionals with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of a global transition to a low carbon economic
Both programmes - the new Masters and the Graduate Certificate launched last year - are central to the Green IFSC's Education and Talent strategy which is helping drive Ireland's emergence as a global leader in green finance.
Speaking at the launch of the programme, Mr John Bruton explained,
"The opportunity for Ireland in green or environmental finance is huge. Investment in green finance activities globally has increased to a record $263BN in 2011, up 6.5% from 2010 levels - and estimated to continue to grow dramatically in the years ahead."
"We need to be ready for that future growth and it is great to see the collaboration between industry and the education providers facilitated by the Summit Finuas Network. Therefore, I am delighted to officially launch this DCU Masters in Sustainable Energy Finance and congratulate those who are about to graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Energy Finance. Without a doubt, it is our people with their expertise and professional, can-do and pragmatic approach who make the difference and the reason the IFSC celebrates 25 successful years in 2012."
Delivered in DCU Business School by leading academics and industry experts, the programmes will provide a broad and comprehensive overview of sustainability finance in order to support new green business streams within investment banks, professional firms working within the broader green economy and companies developing renewable products and technologies.
Article Published: 05/07/2012