Martina graduated with a BA in Applied Languages from DCU, and studied for a year in Germany. After which she spent several years lecturing in German. She subsequently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism Studies at University of Limerick and an MSc in International Business at UCD, and is a qualified EFL teacher. With a strong international management background Martina has developed her career in education and training, holding lecturing and academic management positions, in further and higher educational institutions.
Her entrepreneurial streak led to her developing her own education and training business. Having travelled extensively for business and encountering the cultural difficulties international students face here, Martina developed a strong interest in developing intercultural awareness. She is a founder member and secretary of SIETAR Ireland (Society for Intercultural Training and Awareness) and she has successfully developed and delivered cultural diversity awareness training programmes for multinational companies in Dublin. She is a firm believer in Continued Professional Development and incorporates this in her own career development and that of her academic team.
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