The UCD Smurfit School has again received a boost in a set of global university rankings. This time, its Executive MBA programme is up 15 places to 74th in the world, and 35th in Europe, in the Financial Times Top 100 Global Executive MBA for 2017.

Professor Anthony Brabazon, Interim Dean of the College of Business, stated that the latest news is a ‘result of a relentless focus on continual improvement and investment in our faculty and facilities to ensure optimum outcomes for our students and graduates who continue to be in high demand both here in Ireland and internationally.’ Brabazon claimed that ‘rankings such as the Financial Times matter as they are truly independent and internationally respected classifications.’

The School markets itself as being the only Irish institution which holds a triple accreditation from the three major business ranking bodies (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). Last month, the UK’s Association of MBAs, reaffirmed the AMBA accreditation for the MBA programme at Smurfit. As reported in Issue 2 of the College Tribune, the full-time MSc in International Management was ranked 15th globally by the Financial Times.

Last year, the UCD Smurfit School announced its intention to become a top 50 Global School by 2020. Three of its courses have now achieved top 50 status. Brabazon became the new Interim Dean of the overall College of Business following the announcement that the previous Dean, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, is set to become the President of NUI Galway in January 2018. Like his predecessor, Brabazon specialised in accounting.

Cian Carton – Business & Law Editor