At UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, we are constantly striving to develop our capabilities. Your support plays a vital role in our pursuit of excellence.
At UCD Smurfit School we recognise that the generosity of our alumni and friends remains key to delivering unmatched educational, career, and community benefits that last a lifetime.
The School is built upon an extraordinary leadership gift from Dr Michael WJ Smurfit. Many in Irish and International business follow his lead along with the Irish and North American Advisory Boards, alumni and other friends, to provide invaluable support. Thanks to these generous contributions, we attract the best educators and researchers in the world and provide you with leading-edge facilities.
Global business is changing rapidly, fuelled by evolving technologies and disruptive innovation. As a leader in business education, we have a responsibility, not only to keep up with the future, but to actively shape it.
Building on our solid reputation, our academic excellence and our thought leadership, our vision is to become one of the top schools in Europe, excelling in key “new economy” areas that are both globally relevant and important for Ireland’s growth and prosperity:
1. Digital business and society
2. Innovation in financial services
3. Innovation in food business
To support these plans, in 2013, the School embarked on a special fundraising campaign. Entitled Extending our Edges of Excellence, this multi-million euro initiative will serve as the catalyst for transformative change by allowing us to make investments that would otherwise simply be beyond our reach.
This is a unique opportunity for the School and for Ireland. The support of our graduates, friends and corporate partners can take us to the next level and ensure we can have a profound impact on business education, executive thinking and government policy.
To date, we have secured philanthropic funding towards some of our most urgent priorities – academic chairs in Business Analytics and Aviation Finance, and additional scholarships for students.
These investments are already having a positive impact.
The faculty chairs will each comprise three academic positions, as well as a provision for post-doctoral scholarships and an annual lecture series. The chairs will lead the development of the School’s long-term teaching and research capability in their respective subject area, help create a sustainable graduate base, spearhead a multidisciplinary approach and further enhance Ireland’s image as an attractive location for investing in and learning business.
A new range of scholarships will be available for students enrolling in 2015. This will help us to attract and retain the most promising future leaders, regardless of their financial means.
The ICON chair in Business Analytics has been made possible by the support of ICON PLC a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, specialising in the strategic development, management and analysis of programs that support Clinical Development [include ICON logo]
Good decisions require good data and business decision-making can benefit from the large amount of data captured by modern information technology, the so called data explosion. Business analytics focuses on how an organisation gathers, searches, models, analyses and interprets data so as to aid decision-making and improve or optimise business processes.
The Elan chair in The Business of Biotechnology has been made possible through the support of Perrigo PLC one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical manufacturers and a leading global healthcare supplier.
The Elan chair in The Business of Biotechnology is shared jointly between UCD College of Business and the UCD Conway Institute.