Posted on Tuesday 5 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Ulster Business School academics, Darryl Cummins, Professor Jackie McCoy and Dr Adele Dunn meet Harvard's Professor Michael Porter (second right) during their course in Boston.

The Ulster Business School will from April become the first in the UK to deliver a prestigious course developed at Harvard.

The Microeconomics of Competitiveness: Firms, Clusters, and Economic Development (MOC) course was developed by Harvard Professor Michael E. Porter, a world leading authority in matters of economic competitiveness and the application of competitive principles to social issues.

Ulster Business School becomes the first University School in the UK to join a global network of affiliated universities where the course is taught the 'Boston way' by Harvard-trained tutors. Dr Adele Dunn, Professor Jackie McCoy and Darryl Cummins undertook intensive training in Boston and bring to the MOC course students specialist knowledge in Harvard case study methods, access to online resources as well as the prestigious Harvard stamp of approval.

Professor Marie McHugh, Dean of the Ulster Business School said: "The Ulster Business School is very excited to be the first institution in the UK to offer this exceptional course designed by Harvard Professor Michael E. Porter. Not only will it give students the opportunity to experience a fresh approach to studying economics the 'Boston way', but it also has the a substantial added value of bringing the Ulster Business School into an elite global network of Harvard-affiliated universities, strengthening further the School's influence as a key player in the field of economics and business research and education. I am delighted that the Ulster Business School's innovative and dynamic efforts to offer our students the very best of educations are rewarded in such a prestigious manner."

The MOC course approaches the determining factors of competitiveness and successful economic development from a bottom-up perspective, and analyses how the creation of wealth at microeconomic level ultimately defines the overall economic health of a nation as well as the consistency of its productivity.

Microeconomics are studied within the holistic context of macroeconomic policies, the stability of political institutions and sound social conditions which are a vital ground for competitiveness and wealth creation.



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