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Industry Expert Guest Lecturers Inspire

Industry Expert Guest Lecturers Inspire

August 17, 2020

Industry leaders continue to inspire and inform International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) students as the college has shifted to online learning amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with guest speakers interacting via zoom and on other digital platforms.

The shift to online, necessitated by government regulations for the safety of the general community while Covid-19 is an issue, has been embraced by lecturers and students, with many students reaching out personally to speakers after lectures. These network opportunities and industry contacts are invaluable and underline why ICMS is Ranked #1 for Event Management and Hospitality Management in Australia, based on graduate employability* and why the higher education institution boasts an impressive graduate employment rate.

“While we look forward to the days ahead when we can move fully back onto campus and meet industry speakers face to face in the lecture rooms, having them visit our students online has been embraced and there are many positives to this arrangement,” ICMS Chief Operating Officer Rowan Courtney-O’Connor said.

“ICMS continues to focus on what industry experts can offer our students in terms of experience, and to show industry what our students can offer as graduates. It’s a win-win scenario and we are thankful to have leaders in their fields take the time out to share their knowledge and expertise.”

Some of the Industry speakers who have presented for ICMS students include:

  • Billie Cox (Business Development Manager at Australian Marketing Institute)
  • Lucy Keeler (Curator, Vivid Light, Vivid Sydney DNSW)
  • James Humperson (Humanitix)
  • Mary Franklin (Head of Events at Crunchyroll);
  • Bree Wailes (We Surge: Event & Wedding Sales Trainer, Hospitality Sales Consultant)
  • Colin Laidlaw (Joi – Empowering teams to deliver better events)
  • Paula Nolan, (Executive Manager Partnerships and Community CBA)
  • Al Weekes (Creative Director at Kat & Co)
  • Christopher Watney (Dior Director UK)

….among a host of others.

“It’s great to invite industry into the classroom, keeping our courses grounded in real-life experience,” Courtney-O’Connor said.

“Thank you to all experts in industry who take the time to share with ICMS students, some of whom may very well one day be colleagues as future professionals in their field.”

The International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) is an award-winning higher education institution with campuses in Northern Beaches and in Sydney, NSW. Founded in 1996, ICMS is a leader in career-focused, quality education and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at bachelors and masters level.

*Kantar Millward Brown. Versus a set of key competitors based on n=46 leading industry brand partners of ICMS (from a list of 140 leading industry brand partners)


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