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UCD Smurfit Business School is highest climber in Financial Times Executive Education Rankings

By Business & Finance
15 May 2017
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School or Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD Business and Karen Kennedy
Pictured: Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD College of Business (centre) with Smurfit Business School MBA student Stuart Garret and alumna Karen Kennedy.

UCD Smurfit Business School and Irish Management Institute (IMI) climb in rankings in Financial Times Executive Education list for 2017

The UCD Smurfit Business School achieved a ranking of 48th in the world and 26th in Europe in 2017 Financial Times Executive Education Rankings of open enrolment programmes. The school was the highest climber in the rankings, jumping 21 places since last year. The Smurfit School is the only Irish school to feature in the open enrolment rankings.

Over 600 executives undertook programmes at UCD Smurfit Executive Development across a variety of disciplines from the range of short courses and industry programmes, 12 specialist Diplomas and two MSc pathway programmes on offer.

The Irish Management Institute (IMI) ranked 54th globally, 25th in Europe and 9th in UK and Ireland in the customised programme ranking, which is based on schools which customise programmes for companies. It is the only Irish provider to feature in the customized rankings category.

Simon Boucher IMI executive education rankings
Simon Boucher, CEO, Irish Management Institute (IMI)

The IMI ranked 20th globally in Future Use, climbing eleven places. Future Use is a key determinant in companies opting to use the same programme or same school again for future customised programmes based on previous success. IMI sits ahead of Oxford, Cambridge, UCLA and Wharton among others, and achieved 2nd place in the UK and Ireland. The IMI also achieved 49th position globally on Programme Design, ahead of Cambridge, Columbia, UCLA and Imperial College.

The top spots on the rankings went to IMD in Switzerland, and IESE Business School in Spain. Between them they took both first and second places for both open enrolment and customised programmes, a first in the rankings’ 19-year history. The rankings are based on measures including participant satisfaction, client satisfaction, growth in revenues, international reach and faculty diversity.