Date: 27 Sep 2007
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is ranked 16th in Europe and 44th in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit's ranking of the world's top 100 full-time MBA programmes. The full rankings will be announced on economist.com on Friday 28th September 2007. Once again, the Economist ranking lists the school as the only Irish business school amongst the top 100 business schools in the world, from 38th place in 2006 and 53rd place in 2005.
Commenting on the results, the Dean of UCD Smurfit School, Professor Tom Begley, said “We will continue to benchmark ourselves against the best global business schools. Ireland needs a world class business school generating state of the art knowledge to guide innovative business practice. We will continue to direct resources at positioning UCD Smurfit School as the major contributor to business education in Ireland and a significant player on the international scene. “
Professor Begley launched his ten-year strategy in 2006, formulated to catapult the school into the global elite and elements of the strategy are already underway; the school has already appointed five new professors this year.
A Global Finance Academy is currently being established to provide cutting edge research and teaching on emerging financial instruments. A new Centre for Executive Education is already offering new executive programmes to the corporate market. The full-time MBA programme has also adopted an innovative new curriculum and a series of senior director level appointments have been made in recent months.