The UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Met this week celebrated 18 years at the forefront of events management education and research with a special event, the Big UKCEM Gathering, at International Confex 2014 in Olympia London.
Principal Lecturer, Jackie Mulligan, and her team met up with 100 graduates of the course and business partners.
“At the European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC) in Istanbul recently, Peter Hinnsen, one of Europe’s thought leaders on the impact of technology on society, spoke about the future. He asserted the importance of networks, using graphics illustrating the increase in networking across the globe and the new organisational structures that are replacing traditional hierarchies; he concluded that ’the network will always win’. This week we celebrated our network at International Confex,” she said.
Leeds Met offered the first events management degree back in 1996 and now its UK Centre for Events Management has a network of graduates employed at all levels of the events industry.
“Our graduates are a significant part of our network,” said Mulligan, “alongside the many businesses we work with who strengthen the employability of our students through work placements, client projects, scholarships and competitions. More and more of our graduates are now in positions to enhance the students here right now to gain real-world experience, putting theory into practice”.
Mulligan noted graduates from as far back as 1998 attended the gathering. “As staff, it is easy to lose track of those who start their journeys with us, but when we do find time to catch up, we can see the impact of education on lives and the meaning, memories and passion we can inspire,” Mulligan said, adding: “If we spend some time nurturing the relationships and interests we can ignite at University, our networks win and they last a lifetime.”
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