Ryanair to fund business school professor

Trinity’s Business School will receive €1.5 million from the airline over the next five years

Ryanair will fund a new Trinity Professor of Entrepreneurship starting from September 2017. The Ryanair Fund will see Trinity Business School receive €1.5 million over the next five years.

The new Ryanair sponsored Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Business School will teach both undergraduate and postgraduate studies, as well as a new executive education case. The aim of the position is to implement a new direction of entrepreneurship on campus and in the Business School.

Speaking about the new position, the Dean of Trinity’s Business School Professor Andrew Burke, said: “We are delighted that a leading global entrepreneurial firm such as Ryanair with its exceptional record in transforming an industry and scaling a new business into a world leader is on board with Trinity Business School’s high growth globalisation strategy. It is a major endorsement for our mission and underpins the scale of ambition intended for the Ryanair Professorship of Entrepreneurship.”

Ryanair Chief Financial Officer, Neil Sorahan said: “As Europe’s Number 1 airline we are pleased to have entered into this partnership with Trinity Business School, which is right on track to becoming one of the leading schools of its type.” Provost Patrick Prendergast described the position as a “key cornerstone in achieving our mission at Trinity Business School, where we are educating future leaders to the highest standards and supporting the growth of entrepreneurship across our economy”.

The Ryanair Foundation has assisted both educational and charitable organisations in Ireland and Europe. In December 2016, the foundation donated €100,000 to Childline, their chosen Irish charity of 2016.

Trinity have invested €80m as part of a total €295m plan for the new business school which is set for completion in 2019. The school will replace buildings such as Luce Hall Sports Center and the Simon Perry engineering building on Pearse Street.

Seana Davis

Seana Davis is a fourth year Geology student and News Editor of Trinity News.