At UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, we are constantly striving to develop opportunities for collaboration with our esteemed alumni and friends.  Your support plays a vital role in our pursuit of excellence.

Patrons and sponsors

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 the extraordinary leadership of Dr Michael WJ Smurfit. Many in Irish and International business have followed his lead along with the Irish and North American Advisory Boards, alumni and friends providing invaluable support. Thanks to these generous contributions, we attract the best teachers and researchers in the world and provide students with leading-edge facilities.

Extending our Edges of Excellence

The Campaign for UCD College of Business

Global business is changing at a rapid pace, fuelled by fast-evolving technology and innovation. Today, the world economy is one of ideas, information, relationships, collaboration, partnerships and interconnectedness. As a leader in business education, UCD School of Business has a responsibility not only to keep up with the future, but to actively shape it.

To continue to serve our students well and help shape the future, the UCD School of Business has embarked on a transformative private philanthropy campaign to support our key priorities. Entitled Extending our Edges of Excellence, the campaign is enabling us to create a ‘new economy’ curriculum, focusing on areas of global relevance where Ireland has competitive advantage. In the last three years, we have attracted significant philanthropic support helping us realise our vision of becoming a Top 50 global business school by the year 2020.

With this support and through determined effort we have made incredible advances toward the achievement of this vision by developing world-class faculty in the areas of Business Analytics, Aviation Finance and Operational Risk Management. We have initiated Phase I of the Future of Learning project, a new building that will open on the Belfield campus in 2019, and have doubled the number of business scholarships awarded since 2013 through increased investment in the Dean’s Scholarship Fund. We must continue to do this and more to ensure we provide the best for our students and faculty.

Ways You Can Support

There are many ways in which you can support the School through your time, your expertise and financial support. Some suggested ways include:

Make a gift in support of the School’s stated priorities, for example the Dean’s Scholarship Fund and if you would like to make a gift, please contact

Consider leaving a legacy gift to the UCD School of Business in your will, ensuring you play a valuable role in supporting areas you care about for years to come

Act as a corporate champion and encourage your company to partner with UCD School of Business in a variety of ways

Get involved in alumni events and develop long-term connections with previous classmates

Gifts in Action

ICON and the UCD Smurfit School have developed a long-standing relationship by working together to create world-class expertise in advanced business analytics. In 2013, ICON made a philanthropic investment to fully fund the ICON Chair in Business Analytics and have recently renewed their investment in this successful partnership.

UCD's Centre for Business Analytics focusses on creating the next generation of Smart Business Systems and has recently been recognised as the world’s Number 1 in advanced analytics methods inspired by nature.

Aviation Leasing, Finance and Law

In 2015, the UCD Smurfit School set a bold ambition to develop leading expertise in Aviation Leasing, Finance and Law. Thanks to the philanthropic support of an industry consortium, the newly-launched MSc in Aviation Finance has been made possible in partnership with leading aircraft leasing companies in Ireland – AerCap, Avolon, GECAS, KPMG, SNECMA and SMBC.

As the only Masters in Europe covering Aviation Finance, this programme offers an unrivalled level of specialisation in leasing and airline industry developments and significant career opportunities through internships, scholarships and research projects.

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