UCD Smurfit Executive Development ranked top 50 in the world by Financial Times

Posted May 15, 2017

  • UCD Smurfit only business school in Ireland to feature in rankings

The 2017 Financial Times Executive Education Rankings has ranked UCD Smurfit 48th in the world and 26th in Europe for its Open Enrolment programmes.

UCD Smurfit jumped 21 places from last year to show the biggest year-on-year improvement of all institutions on the list. It is the only business school in Ireland included in the rankings.

“Increasing our standing in Financial Times’ rankings is independent verification of our status as an elite provider of open enrolment executive education programmes,” said Professor Ciarán O’hÓgartaigh, Dean at UCD College of Business.

“Today’s achievement marks continued evidence of excellence as three of our programmes are now ranked in the Top 50 in the world by the FT.”

More than 600 executives undertook Open Enrolment programmes at UCD Smurfit Executive Development last year. Programmes on offer include a range of short courses and industry programmes, 12 specialist diplomas and two MSc pathway programmes.

Pictured top: the main building at UCD Smurfit's campus in Blackrock, Dublin

In January, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s Full-time MBA was ranked 70th in the world in the 2017 Financial Times Top 100 Global Full-time MBA Rankings.

In 2016, the MSc in International Management was ranked 22nd in the world in the FT Global Masters in Management (MiM) report with the MSc in Finance ranked 34th. UCD Smurfit School was ranked 29th in the Financial Times European Business Schools ranking in the same year.

Rankings with 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 business schools are ranked.

By: Jonny Baxter, digital journalist, UCD University Relations