J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics

A School of Business and Economics for the Public Good

Energised by our regional edge on the west coast of Ireland, we are a globally engaged School of Business and Economics for the public good that makes a transformative impact for students, society and business. 

Our School now has over 2,800 undergraduate and postgraduate students spread across areas such Accountancy and FinanceEconomicsManagementMarketing, and Business Information Systems.

We offer a wide range of programmes, from undergraduate degrees to MBA executive education, tailored to deliver the specific professional skills required to succeed in a globalised and competitive environment. Led by our highly-experienced faculty, we pursue an innovative teaching approach that incorporates face-to-face delivery, blended learning, professional mentoring, global experience, student placements and group-based project work.

Strategic Plan 2021 - 2025

The University of Galway 2020–2025 Strategic Plan, Shared Vision Shaped by Values, provides an ambitious vision for the University shaped by the values of respect, openness, sustainability, and excellence. J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics’ Strategic Plan 2021–2025 aligns with the University’s strategy, mission, vision, and core values.

Our Mission: Energised by our regional edge on the west coast of Ireland, we are a globally engaged School of Business and Economics for the public good that makes a transformative impact on students, society, and business.

Our Vision: Striving beyond - From our regional edge on the west coast of Ireland, our vision is to make a global impact for the public good by addressing grand challenges through our teaching, research, and influence on public policy.

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United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Showcase

J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics has launched a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) integration mapping project. The SDGs are a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

Here you can find what faculty in the School are doing in research, teaching and engagement that aligns with the SDGs at target level. Search by SDG, by target, by department, by keyword – or for an academic whose name you already know.

The project has been underway since April 2023, using desk research, interviews and the Accelerating Action SDG analysis tool to explore, discuss and share knowledge of sustainability-oriented work to SDG target level to create faculty profiles. These profiles describe how each academic’s research supports the SDGs, their personal approach to the integration of sustainability in teaching, and how they interact with groups and organisations outside the boundaries of the University. Research, teaching and engagement in higher education contributes largely indirectly to the UN sustainability goals, but in some cases – which we have highlighted – make direct contributions to their achievement.

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