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Posted 27 January 2014

UCD Smurfit School maintains global top 100 position in Financial Times MBA ranking

The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Full-time MBA programme has been ranked 91st in the world and 25th in Europe, according to the prestigious 2014 Financial Times Top 100 Global Full-time MBA Rankings.

It is the only Irish business school listed in the rankings, and one of less than 50 schools worldwide that have been consistently ranked in the top 100 over the past 15 years.

“Our students are competing with graduates from the best schools in the world in an increasingly competitive international market,” said Professor Ciarán O hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD Business School.

“We are ambitious for our students and we must ensure they are able to compete. These rankings results are of enormous benefit in enabling them to do so. These results help us to attract the very best faculty and students.”

As the only Irish business school listed in these rankings, the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School maintains its status as Ireland’s leading centre of excellence in business education.

The school's placement in these global rankings follows UCD Business School's successful re-accreditation in 2013 with one of the world's leading international accreditations for business schools - AACSB.  UCD Business School is the only business school in Ireland, and one of less than 60 worldwide, to hold the ‘triple crown' of accreditation from the three centres of business and academic excellence; EQUIS (Europe); AACSB (US); and AMBA (UK).

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About the Financial Times’ global full-time MBA ranking:

The Financial Times’ ranking of the top 100 global full-time MBA programmes is based on alumni success, school and programme quality, and faculty research capabilities. Alumni success is determined by placement success, salary and career advancement on completion of the programme, alumni aims achieved, and alumni feedback. School quality is measured by the diversity of faculty, students and advisors, international mobility and the global experience on the programme. The research ranking is determined by the proportion of faculty with PhD degrees and the scholarly output of faculty in top academic journals.


About UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School:

In 1964, University College Dublin became one of the first universities in Europe to offer the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA).  In 1991, the graduate business school opened its own campus in Blackrock, County Dublin.  With over 100 faculty members, 1,300 students and 22,000 alumni worldwide, UCD Smurfit School is one of a small number of business schools worldwide and the only school in Ireland, to hold triple international accreditation (US - AACSB, European - EQUIS and UK – AMBA) .The school’s programme have been consistently ranked among the leading European business schools’ programmes by the Economist and Financial Times, since 2000.  The School is also a member of CEMS and the Global Network for Advanced Management, which are alliances of leading global business schools.


(Produced by UCD University Relations)


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