Date: 26 Sep 2008
Dublin, Thursday 25th Sept 2008: UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has been ranked 16th in Europe and 40th in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit's ranking of the world’s top 100 full-time MBA programmes. The Economist ranking lists the school as the only Irish business school amongst the top 100 business schools in the world, up from 44th place in 2007. The full rankings will be announced on economist.com on Fri, 26th September 2008.
This year 133 leading business schools from around the world were invited to take part and the top 100 were ranked. The criteria used in the compilation of this survey range from “personal development and educational experience” to “increased salary” and “opening career opportunities.”
Professor Tom Begley, Dean of UCD Business Schools, commented on the results today saying:
“We are delighted to be the only Irish business school to be ranked in the top 100 in the world by the prestigious Economist. We will continue to devote resources to making UCD Smurfit School a centre of excellence in business education in Ireland and globally. Steps being taken to achieve this level of excellence include an innovative new MBA curriculum and a continued emphasis on attracting the best quality students.”
Professor Begley launched his ten year strategy in 2006, formulated to position the school amongst the global elite and elements of the strategy are already underway.
As part of UCD Smurfit School’s international strategy, the school has benchmarked itself against the best schools globally over the last ten years. It was one of only nine business schools worldwide to be awarded triple international accreditation (US - AACSB, European - EQUIS and UK - AMBA) in October 2002 and is the only school in Ireland to hold this honour.
Since 2000 UCD Smurfit School has been consistently ranked among the leading business schools in the world by both the Economist and the Financial Times.