Only Irish MBA course in world's top 100 slips 10 places
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.
It slipped 10 places from its 2013 ranking of 81st in the world.
The ranking is based on alumni success, programme quality and the research achievements of faculty endeavours.
The top spot this year was taken by Harvard Business School.
Seven of the top 10 places were filled by US institutions.
Non-US leaders included London Business School, which came third, France's Insead, which took joint sixth with Colombia University in New York, and Spain's IESE Business School, which came seventh.
This is the 15th consecutive year that the UCD Smurfit School, which has 100 staff and 1,300 students, has been included in the global top 100. It is the only Irish business school listed in the ranking.
"Our students are competing with graduates from the best schools in the world in an increasingly competitive international market," said the school's dean, Professor Ciarán O hÓgartaigh.
"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. The results help us to attract the very best faculty and students."