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The eBSI had yet another reason to celebrate on the night of graduation at the National College of Dublin when it came to the awarding of prizes for the most notable students of the Institute programmes when the HSBC Best Student Award 2003 was won by International Trade Specialist Graduate Mr. Aidan Byrne, CEO of Blackstairs Technologies.

In order to recognise the exceptional talent of the export professionals who take part in the International Trade Specialist Accreditation, HSBC Bank established in 2002 a special award for the ITS Graduate which attains the highest exam results in the ITS Accreditation programme internationally every year.

The Award, a Globe crafted Tyrone Crystal was specially commissioned for HSBC for the purposes of the ITS Best Student Award.

This year the Best Student Award was won by Mr. Aidan Byrne, CEO of Blackstairs Technologies an IT and web solution software business from Carlow, Ireland. The Award was kindly presented by Mr. Daragh Nolan from HSBC Bank.

The electronic Business School International would like to thank the tremendous support and encouragement that HSBC Bank has demonstrated to the present and future export professionals participating in the International Trade Specialist Programme with the sponsoring of this award and in their ongoing activities in collaboration with eBSI tutors in supporting students with the most up-to-date content possible.

Sharing the happy moment (from left to right): Mr. Vincent O’Brien, First Director eBSI; Mr. Thomas Smith, Operations Director eBSI; Minister of State Ivor Callely TD; Mr. Aidan Byrne, Best Student 2003; Mr. Daragh Nolan, HSBC Bank; Ms. Anna Nesterova, Director of Studies eBSI

Headquartered in London, HSBC Holdings plc is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. HSBC’s international network comprises some 7,000 offices in 81 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.

Through an international network linked by advanced technology, including a rapidly growing e-commerce capability, HSBC provides a comprehensive range of financial services: personal financial services; commercial banking; corporate, investment banking and markets; private banking; and other activities.

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