UCD Smurfit Climbs Up Global MBA Rankings


UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s full-time MBA programme has been ranked 70th (a rise of 9 places) in the world and 22nd in Europe, according to the 2017 Financial Times Full-Time Global MBA Rankings, published today.

The improved ranking comes just three months after UCD College of Business published an ambitious strategy, to which it has committed €65 million, targeting Top 50 Global business school status by 2020 and is a further step to achieving this major milestone.

The Financial Times Full-Time MBA rankings analyse programmes based on several criteria including: career progress; employment success; school and programme quality; faculty research capabilities; and diversity.

Graduates from the Smurfit MBA programme saw their salaries increase by 71% on average within three years of completing the course. Smurfit’s full-time MBA programme was also placed in the top 10 in Europe for value for money and 16th globally.

Consistent with UCD Smurfit School’s mission to be for the world, the Financial Times analysis of the Smurfit MBA also highlighted increased rankings in measures of diversity including female faculty representation and female student participation with rankings of 39th and 44th respectively in the top 100.

Speaking about the rankings, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD College of Business said: “UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School can be justifiably proud of its record of accomplishment in the FT Full-Time Global MBA Rankings, regarded by the market and peers as one of only a few highly-respected benchmarks of excellence in business education. This consistency puts UCD Smurfit School in a select group of fewer than 50 schools which have attained this accolade for 18 consecutive years. This is a great success and we are determined to do better for our students.

The quality of our research and teaching is a relentless focus at UCD College of Business and requires significant ongoing investment. The additional €65 million of non-exchequer funding committed over the next five years will be key to ensuring all aspects of our mission perform to the highest international standards as we compete with the very best providers of business education in the world.”

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Avril Donohue ~ MBA Alumni Relations, Communications & Events

Smurfit School’s MBA Climbs Global Rankings

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UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School today welcomed validation of its international standing confirmed in two separate highly respected international rankings for 2015 – the Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings and The Economist Full-Time MBA Rankings.

The School’s programmes achieved 18th place in the European rankings (56th place in the world and a jump from  21st) in The Economist’s Full-Time MBA study and 23rd in Europe (82nd globally and a jump from 34th) in the Financial Times Executive MBA report. 2015 is the 51st anniversary of the Smurfit MBA with UCD being one of the pioneers in the delivery of MBA programmes when they were first delivered in Europe in the 1960s.

UCD College of Business has also been formally admitted to join the PIM network – an invitation only exclusive Business School network; with Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD Business attending the 42nd annual PIM Conference, hosted by FGV-EAESP, 14th-16th October, in São Paulo to accept the honour . The Partnership in International Management, or PIM, is a consortium of top business schools from around the world that exchanges select graduate students for one academic term. UCD Smurfit School is now one of 63 business schools worldwide sharing a reputation for upholding the highest degree of academic excellence both regionally and globally and driving cooperation among its students, faculty and administrations. PIM member institutions including Duke; NYU; LSE; HEC; Warwick and Chicago Booth, have exchanged several thousands of students through the years.

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Speaking about the rankings and the PIM membership, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD Business said:

These consistently high rankings help us to attract high calibre students and faculty and to partner with other leading business schools internationally – as signalled by  our new membership of PIM which we are delighted to have been invited to join this year.  This creates a first-class learning environment in the service of our students and of Ireland as a considerable player in business education internationally. We remain dedicated to delivering education and research programmes to the highest standard to those who study at UCD Smurfit and Quinn Schools, so that we can develop their capacities for life in a highly competitive environment where our society and our economy depends on high standards and an openness to the world.”

Earlier this year UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School rose 18 places to 73rd in the world in the 2015 Financial Times Top 100 Global Full-time MBA Rankings. The analysis, which also ranks UCD Smurfit School as 22nd in Europe (a climb of three places on 2015), is considered the most respected of business school rankings along with those published by The Economist and Businessweek.

The consistent high rankings are reinforced by the fact that UCD Business School remains the only business school in Ireland (and one of less than 60 worldwide) to hold the triple crown of accreditation from three centres of business and academic excellence; EQUIS (Europe); AACSB (US); and AMBA (UK).

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This month UCD College of Business launched its second annual report for the 2013/2014 academic year, which confirms its position as Ireland’s leading business educator and amongst the top 100 business schools in the world. The annual report, a voluntary disclosure, highlighted the schools’ increased student intake, its continued status as the leading Irish business educator across each of the respected international rankings and international accreditations, underpinned by a strong financial performance.

During the academic year 2013/14 the college had a turnover of €48 million, with 70% of revenues at the College of Business derived from non-exchequer sources. As a leading international business school, UCD College of Business continues its focus on providing a transformational learning experience which develops graduates who are skilled, engaged and reflective and who are prepared to make a significant contribution to the world of business, both nationally and internationally.

Avril Donohue ~ MBA Alumni Relations, Marketing & Events