Latest 2022 Financial Times Rankings

UCD Smurfit School Executive Development has been ranked 31st in the world in the 2022 Financial Times Executive Education Open Enrolment rankings, our highest ever placing in the prestigious rankings. Up 11 places from 42nd in the last rankings held in 2020, we are ranked 1st in Ireland, 19th in EU (Up from 27th in Europe in 2020) with an overall participant satisfaction rating at 9.09/10. The only Irish business school included, UCD Smurfit Executive Development recorded significant gains across all criteria, including being ranked 22nd for New Skills and Learning; 26th for Aims Achieved; and 30th for both Course Design and Teaching Materials. Find out more here.

To be ranked 31st in the world is an outstanding achievement and testament to the depth and breadth of the expertise of our faculty and the truly world-class teaching that takes place at Smurfit Executive Development. These standards of excellence allow participants to immediately give back to their organisations, advancing business and team performance, as well as their own leadership skills, to lead through change.

According to data from the World Economic Forum, over 50% of the current workforce will require reskilling by 2025, and emerging skills such as active learning, resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility, will be a priority.

The pandemic accelerated these trends and we see executives across diverse sectors coming to us to advance and hone their skills in key areas including strategy, leadership and change. With ongoing transformation at work, hybrid working challenges and focus on sustainability, leaders are rapidly rethinking what it takes to successfully lead an organisation in the 21st century.

The global reputation of our executive education programmes has been developed over decades and is underpinned by high-quality participant experience and the business relevance of our programmes at UCD Smurfit School. As Ireland’s global business school, we seek to provide a vibrant nexus of connectivity, flow, and interaction drawing on Ireland’s location as a gateway to Europe, culminating in cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant, executive development programmes.

UCD Smurfit Executive Development recorded significant gains across all criteria, including the following: Globally ranked 22nd place for New Skills and Learning, 26th place for Aims Achieved and 30th place for both Course Design and Teaching Materials and 32nd place for Faculty. Notably, the School ranked 14th globally for Partner Schools which refers to the quantity and quality of programmes taught in conjunction with other Equis or AACSB accredited business schools.

UCD Smurfit School is the only Irish Business School in the Open Enrolment Executive Education Rankings.

As part of the UCD College of Business 2022-2026 strategic plan, an ambitious vision has been developed for UCD Smurfit Executive Development which will see a significant expansion in its executive development offerings in the years ahead at both individual executive and organisation levels.

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