MBA 50 Year Anniversary Celebrations

Ciarán Ó' hÓgartaigh, Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn and MBA Alumni

The MBA is celebrating its 50th year this year! UCD was the first university in Ireland, and one of the first in Europe, to offer an MBA in 1964.

Since it launched in 1964, the MBA at UCD has educated over 3,500 business leaders and entrepreneurs, many of whom are prominent figures in the Irish and international business arenas, such as Patrick Haren, Group Chief Executive, Viridian Group PLC; Richard Keatinge, Chairman of Heiton Group plc; John Mullins, CEO, Bord Gais; Dermot Byrne, CEO, Eigrid; Gina Quin, CEO Dublin Chamber of Commerce;  Ned Sullivan, former CEO Bailey’s Irish Cream and former CEO of Glanbia plc and JP Donnelly, Chief Executive of the Ogilvy Group in Ireland and Head of Country, WPP, among others. You can view an MBA overview and alumni short videos by clicking here.

Celebrations to mark 50 years of the UCD MBA kicked off on Wednesday February 26th as the School hosted an official launch luncheon in the Laurence Crowley Boardroom at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, see the blog post from that day for further information.  Guests at the official launch event included Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn, T.D, members of the first MBA class, as well as other MBA Alumni and current students.  The School will run a series of MBA 50 events throughout the year to celebrate this milestone, including an MBA Alumni Association Speaker Series, a Business Summit and culminating in an MBA gala dinner so if you are interested keep an eye of the Smurfit website for upcoming events and watch this space for posts related to the 50th anniversary.

Emma Jordan, Kimberly Jones, Ciarán Ó' hÓgartaigh and MBA Alumni