Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin has worked in tertiary education, both public and private, for over 30 years in the Irish, UK, US, and Swiss education systems, predominantly working in the field of Hospitality and Tourism Management. He has held several academic management roles in Switzerland and Ireland for the past 20 years and has been a member of a range of national advisory panels in both Hospitality & Tourism and Higher Education. He holds an undergraduate degree from Trinity College Dublin, a master’s degree from both University College Dublin and Waterford Institute of Technology, and a doctoral degree from University of Sheffield. He was Project Manager in Letterkenny Institute of Technology for merger of GMIT. IT Sligo and LYIT to become the Atlantic Technological University in April 2022 with responsibility for Academic Strategy and Planning, Student Services, Internationalisation and External Engagement. He is currently Deputy Chair of the Operational Board of the World Technology University Network, facilitating collaboration between academics across the globe.
Research, Innovation & Engagement
Ciarán’s principal research interests stem from his Doctoral Research and include Higher Education Policy with particular emphasis on national strategies for HE, comparative studies on global education systems, academic collaboration, student mobility and quality assurance.
He also continues to conduct and supervise research in tourism innovation, talent management and sustainable tourism.
He is currently supervising both MRes and PhD students in both ATU and TUS.
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):