UCD Smurfit Full-time MBA Programme jumps 22 places in FT Rankings

The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Full-time MBA programme has been ranked 64th in the world, according to the 2013 Financial Times Top 100 Global Full-time MBA Rankings, published today. The School was ranked 18th among the top MBAs in Europe. This is the fourteenth consecutive year that UCD Smurfit School has been included in the global top 100. The School is the only Irish business school listed in these prestigious rankings, maintaining its status as Ireland’s leading centre of excellence in business education.  It is also among less than 50 schools worldwide that have been consistently ranked in the top 100 over the last fourteen years.

So what’s behind this? MBA Director Orla Nugent believes it’s a combination of continuous improvement; a collegiate learning environment coupled with small class sizes, dedicated programme and academic teams and outstanding alumni. “For example we are currently undergoing an academic review of our curriculum, the objective being to enhance student learning. We have streamlined our Leadership Development Programme, which includes team development and individual business coaching with experienced professional business coaches. Finally our MBA Careers Service continues to work on a one to one basis with our MBA students providing them with the skills to accelerate their career.”

Speaking about the ranking, Professor Ciarán O hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD Business School said, “We are delighted that once again our MBA is ranked with the top business schools in the world – the only Irish business school to do so.  We are competing on the world stage to give our students the very best opportunities and to attract the best faculty, and ranking results such as these position us firmly amongst the world leaders in business education.”

The UCD Smurfit MBA’s placement in these global rankings follows UCD Smurfit’s successful re-accreditation in 2012 with one of the world’s leading international accreditations for business schools – AMBA.  UCD Business School is the only business school in Ireland, and one of less than 60 worldwide, to hold the ‘triple crown’ of accreditation from the three centres of business and academic excellence; EQUIS (Europe); AACSB (US); and AMBA (UK).

For further information on the rankings log onto www.ft.com/businesseducation

– Rikke Budolfsen, MBA Programme Manager