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Celebrating success of MAcc graduates in 2016 Exams

  • Date: Thu, Nov 24, 2016

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Photo caption: L-R Dr. Mary Canning, MAcc Programme Director; Darragh Devaney (PwC); Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD College of Business; Eoin Fitzpatrick (KPMG); Aisling Kelly (Deloitte); Aideen Maguire (KPMG) and Derek Moriarty, MAcc Programme Director.

On Wednesday November 16th Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD College of Business hosted a celebratory lunch to mark the success of 4 graduates of the UCD Smurfit School Master of Accounting, who were placed in the top 10 students in the 2016 FAE exams. They include Darragh Devaney (PwC), Eoin Fitzpatrick (KPMG), Aisling Kelly (Deloitte), Aideen Maguire (KPMG).

Speaking about the success of the graduates, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD College of Business said; “we congratulate our Master of Accounting graduates on their outstanding achievement in the FAE exams and are delighted to celebrate their accomplishments today. Their top 10 placement highlights the importance of the UCD Smurfit School MAcc as the longest-standing, pre-eminent programme of its kind in Ireland. The success of our graduates is a measure of the success of our efforts to continuously re-imagine business education and we take great pride in developing the next generation of accounting graduates with the capacity and values to make a difference".

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) course at UCD Smurfit School is Ireland’s premier Accountancy masters with a consistent track record of success in FAE exams and has an outstanding reputation in Ireland and abroad. Students who complete the MAcc are exempt from the CAP1 and CAP2 professional exams. The course content also focusses strongly on professional and leadership development by nurturing key business skills including: critical thinking, teamwork, complex problem solving, people management. For more information click here

About UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School offers postgraduate courses including the MBA and a wide range of MScs in business. A pioneer in Irish and European business education, in 1964 UCD became one of the first universities in Europe to offer the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) and 2016 marks 25 years since the opening of a dedicated graduate business school, The Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, on its own campus in Blackrock, County Dublin in 1991.

Today it accommodates approximately 1,300 students per year.

UCD Smurfit School is one of four parts comprising UCD College of Business. The others are:

  • UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business which offers undergraduate courses to approximately 1,900 students per year at the purpose-built Lochlann Quinn School in Belfield;
  • UCD Smurfit Executive Development where open enrolment and customised programmes are provided to approximately 1,600 participants per year and;
  • UCD Business International Campus portfolio which provides UCD College of Business undergraduate and graduate programmes on partner campuses in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka with over 4,700 students enrolled annually.

In turn, the UCD College of Business is one of six academic Colleges that together form University College Dublin where the legacy of business education endures for over a century.

Rankings using strict objective criteria such as the Financial Times and the Economist are the only truly independent and internationally respected classifications by which the world’s top schools are compared on a global basis. Among the UCD College of Business programmes ranked are the MSc in Finance and MSc in International Management, both ranked in the FT global top 50. The Smurfit School full time and executive part time MBAs and Executive Education Open Enrolment programmes are all ranked in the FT Global top 100.

As part of UCD College of Business, UCD Smurfit School holds the prestigious ‘triple crown’ of accreditation alongside only 74 other schools worldwide. These accreditations are:

  • AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
  • EQUIS – administered by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development)
  • AMBA – The Association of MBAs, a British-based organisation which concentrates specifically on MBA programmes and accredits those which reach its standards.

Elite partnerships – owing to its international reputation UCD Smurfit School has been admitted to a number of invitation only networks of the world’s top business school. They include:

Community of European Management Schools (CEMS) where UCD Smurfit School represents Ireland in this strategic global alliance of leading Business Schools and Multinational Companies. It currently comprises 30 world-class academic institutions and over 60 of the world’s leading multinational companies and a number of NGOs.

Global Network for Advanced Management in which UCD College of Business is a member of an alliance of elite international business schools, numbering just 25 that connect to address the complex leadership issues of business and society worldwide including Yale School of Management, London School of Economics and INSEAD.

Partnership in International Management (PIM), a worldwide invitation-only consortium of top business schools which provides a framework for international co-operation primarily at the graduate level.

UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRIME), where UCD College of Business has signed the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Management Education with the objective of providing future leaders with the necessary insights and skills to reflect upon, critically analyse, and provide leadership with regard to corporate responsibility.

UCD Smurfit School is part of the UCD College of Business Alumni Network which comprises one of the world's top business school alumni communities with over 75,000 professionals worldwide in over 35 Global chapters.

The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has two advisory boards, the Irish Advisory Board and the North American Advisory Board. These boards are a well-established feature of the College’s governance and ensure connection and relevance to the international business community.

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