DCU Business School receives global accreditation

School joins top 5 per cent of business schools internationally

Dublin City University Business School has received official recognition from the world's oldest accrediting body for business schools.

The move places DCU into the top tier of of business schools across the globe, following  a lengthy review process by the US-based Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

About 5 per cent of the world’s business schools have earned the accreditation.

DCU joins UCD's School of Business as the only other Irish higher education institution to secure the recognition. Other international colleges accredited include London Business School, Harvard Business Shool and Stanford Graduate School of Business.


In its citation, the international panel highly commended DCU Business School for its “spirit of innovation and level of industry engagement”.

The business school has more than 3,000 students across six undergraduate and 15 postgraduate programmes, as well PhD scholars.

Dr Anne Sinnott, dean of DCU Business School, said the accreditation was a reflection of its reputation for impacting on students, the academic community, industry and wider society.

“From the outset, our guiding voices have been those of industry and students, and as a result, we are distinctive for our deep and responsive industry engagement and our close concern with the success of our students,” she said.

“This accreditation recognises these core values and is testament to the drive and ambition of our staff, students, alumni, industry partners and other stakeholders.”

Research collaborations

The university’s business school is involved in various research collaborations through the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce and other sources.

It has also been making an impact internationally through undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University, an all-female college in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

* This article was amended to correct a factual error

Carl O'Brien

Carl O'Brien

Carl O'Brien is Education Editor of The Irish Times. He was previously chief reporter and social affairs correspondent