Part-time Irish MBA programme scores highly worldwide

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The part-time executive MBA course at UCD Smurfit School in Dublin has been ranked at 68th best such programme in the world, up six places on last year. This is according to the 2018 Financial Times top 100 global executive MBA rankings, which analyses programmes based on several criteria, including career progress, quality of faculty, research and diversity …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 14 October]

Tags: , , , ,

Business schools no longer relevant in the age of automation

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2016 by steve

UK“Business schools are no longer fit for purpose. They were found wanting in the 2008 global meltdown — look at articles on ‘business schools to blame for financial crash’. But this is nothing compared with the crisis now brewing in business, and the complete lack of understanding or leadership from business schools to manage it …” (more)

[Pat Chapman-Pincher,, 10 January]

Tags: , ,

Trinity’s Executive MBA Programme Ranked 59th in World

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Business School’s Executive MBA programme has been ranked in the top 60 in the world by the Executive Education Rankings 2015 from the Economist magazine. This is the programme’s first appearance on the list …” (more)

[Dónal Ring, University Times, 15 May]

Tags: , , , ,

UCD Smurfit school rises 18 places to 73rd in Financial Times MBA rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has risen 18 places to 73rd in this year’s Financial Times Top 100 Global Full-time MBA Rankings. The school ranked 22nd in Europe, up three places on last year …” (more)

[Irish Times, 26 January]

Tags: , , ,

The MBA is losing its magic

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2014 by steve

International“What is the staying power of an MBA education? Why year after year do students sign up for the countless MBA programmes across the world? Are they after new skills? Maybe. Eager to learn about the latest academic research output? Unlikely …” (more)

[Terence Tse and Mark Esposito,, 17 December]


A thousand hours of study needed to join elite group of CFA graduates

Posted in Teaching on July 28th, 2014 by steve

“It’s notoriously difficult – only one candidate in every five signing up will complete the programme. It’s not cheap – it will set you back more than $1,000 (€743) for each of the three exams, and more if you have to repeat. And it takes at least four years to complete …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 28 July]

Tags: , , ,

So what is the value of that expensive MBA?

Posted in Teaching on May 6th, 2014 by steve

“The business world wants clear thinkers with good quality degrees in any discipline so what’s the point of university business schools, asks business and economics professor Tony Dundon …” (more)

[Irish Times, 6 May]

Tags: ,

UCD Smurfit School celebrates 50 years of the MBA

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2014 by steve

“UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is this year celebrating 50 years of the master of business administration MBA at UCD …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 26 February]

Tags: , ,

Only Irish MBA course in world’s top 100 slips 10 places

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2014 by steve

“UCD’s flagship MBA programme has slipped 10 places in a prestigious ranking of the world’s best graduate business programmes. The programme, run by UCD’s popular Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, came in at 91st in the world and 25th in Europe in the 2014 Financial Times Top 100 full-time MBA rankings …” (more)

[Sarah McCabe, Independent, 27 January]

Tags: , , , ,

UCD Smurfit School MBA ranked among best in world

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2013 by steve

“One of UCD’S MBA programmes has been ranked among the world’s best, coming 81st in the 2013 Financial Times Global Executive MBA Rankings …” (more)

[Business ETC, 21 October]

Tags: , , , ,

Galway get accreditation for MBA course

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2013 by steve

“NUI Galway has become the only university in the State outside Dublin to secure a prestigious international accreditation for its MBA programme …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 20 May]

Tags: , , ,

Calling for Reform in the Financial Times‘ MBA Program Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“Late last year the Financial Times contacted me to complete their annual MBA survey, which just came out at the end of January. The self-reported alumni data constitute a large percentage of a school’s overall score. I couldn’t submit it though. I feared my answers would harm my top-ranked school, IE Business School …” (more)

[Adam Pervez, Huffington Post, 15 February]

Tags: , ,

Is an MBA worth it without a salary boost?

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“Last week, Financial Times research revealed that the salary-boosting power of having an MBA has been slashed. At the same time, the fees for pursuing a degree have risen substantially. So is there any point in getting an MBA? …” (more)

[, 5 February]

Tags: ,

First UL graduates in aviation take flight

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2013 by steve

“Nearly 1,500 students will graduate from the University of Limerick this week, including some real high fliers. The first ever graduates of Ireland’s only corporate MBA in aviation management were conferred with their Masters Degrees at UL yesterday evening …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 24 January]

Tags: , ,

Because you’re worth it: is an MBA right for your career?

Posted in Teaching on November 12th, 2012 by steve

“While an MBA may be an accolade that many who reach the higher echelons of business seem to have, by itself it is by no means a guarantee of success …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 12 November]

Tags: ,

The Open University launches 2010 MBA Programme

Posted in Teaching on January 19th, 2010 by steve

“The leading international distance learning educator The Open University will launch its 2010 MBA programme in Ireland with a series of one hour open workshops from 26th–28th January next. The workshops in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Athlone are open to anyone interested in studying for an MBA …” (more)

[MKC Communications, 19 January]

Tags: ,

Profitable learning

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2009 by steve

“COMMERCIAL PROFILE; UCD: Completing an MBA has helped Howard Biggs more fully exploit the niche he has found in the healthcare market. Helix Health chief executive Howard Beggs certainly doesn’t fit the usual identikit of the successful software entrepreneur …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 December]

Tags: ,

Mastering the business

Posted in Teaching on November 15th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“One hundred years ago a university introduced a programme into its curriculum which was to have a profound impact on the way in which graduate education developed. The then newly established Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard University offered the world’s first Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 November]

Tags: ,

Would you invest in a business student?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2009 by steve

France“An investment vehicle that tries to model future earnings is seeking to revolutionise the way students fund their MBA degrees. The ‘community education bond’, unveiled by French business school Insead in conjunction with British company Prodigy Finance, circumvents the traditional bank-based method of MBA finance by allowing alumni to invest in a fund that will be used to provide loans to students. Investors pledge money to the company, which then matches investors with prospective students and pays their tuition fees directly to Insead. Over a period of seven years, students make repayments to Prodigy, which redistributes the funds to lenders …” (more)

[Jonathan Liew, Daily Telegraph, 12 October]

Tags: ,

Business students taking time to reflect

Posted in Teaching on July 31st, 2009 by steve

Ireland“… Much has been made in the press recently of the role MBA graduates had in causing the ongoing and ever-evolving financial crisis. From the pages of the Wall Street Journal to more general publications like the New York Times, fingers have been pointed at graduates of schools such as Wharton and Harvard Business School for their part in creating the economic turmoil that is now gripping the world …” (more)

[Gareth Keane, Irish Times, 31 July]

Tags: ,