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Posted: 16 October 2006

UCD Smurfit School of Business moves up in world rankings of full-time MBA programmes

The Economist Intelligence Unit's ranking of the world's top 100 full-time MBA programmes places UCD Smurfit School of Business in the top 13 European business schools and 38th in the world. The full rankings were published in the Which MBA? guide on 13 October 2006.

The survey lists the UCD Smurfit School of Business as the only Irish business school amongst the top 100 business schools in the world, up from 53rd place in 2005. The Economist also ranked the school highly for opening up new career opportunities to its MBA graduates.

Commenting on the results, the Dean of UCD Smurfit School of Business Professor Tom Begley said:

“We are pleased with these results, and will continue to compete internationally. Ireland needs a world class business school generating state of the art knowledge to guide innovative business practice.

“Widely viewed as sitting amongst the top 50 schools in the world, the School aims to be amongst the top 25 schools in the world by 2016.”

“A substantial investment of time, talent and funding devoted toward the pursuit of this will yield strong dividends in the years ahead.”

Professor Begley recently launched his new ten-year strategy, formulated to catapult the school into the global elite and elements of the strategy are already underway. The school will be investing significantly in filling ten professorial positions. A Global Finance Academy will be established to oversee cutting-edge research on emerging financial instruments, and a new Centre for Executive Education will be launched. The full-time MBA programme has also adopted an innovative new curriculum, and a series of senior director level appointments will be made in the coming weeks.

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