That excursion to the Dublin Institute of Technology was just one of many that students Corey Allen, Jacob Dueppen, Breanne Frank, Ben Gerhard, Mikayla Hilton, Bob Pfister, Katrien Rogers, Heather Ross and Brook Winkelman took. The group was led by Scott Niederjohn, Lakeland professor of business administration, and Britanni Meinnert, instructor of hospitality management.
Seven of the students are hospitality management majors, while the other two major in business administration. Meinnert said the week was beneficial to all who went.
“I think it was a really high-value experience,” she said. “For our students to see the impact the hospitality industry can have on a small country’s economy is really interesting. Our students got a first-hand look at another country’s culture, its politics, its economy and its education system.”
The Dublin Institute of Technology welcomed the Lakeland group with two lectures by guest experts. One spoke about the state of the Irish economy, while the other addressed the significance of tourism in the country.
Also on the Lakeland itinerary were:
- A morning at the European headquarters of Kellogg’s, in Dublin. Kellogg’s reps shared the company’s strategic plan, and how it is incorporating its breakfast brands into European culture.
- A tour of the famous beer brewer, Guinness.
- A literary pub crawl, during which the Lakeland group heard historical anecdotes about how famous writers like Oscar Wilde and James Joyce did some of their best work at local pubs.
- A visit to Dromoland Castle, which was built in the 1400s and was recently converted into a five-star resort.
- A visit to the Blarney Castle, where the students took turns kissing the famous Blarney Stone.
- A traditional Irish dinner, with authentic Irish music and dancers and traditional Irish food.