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Triple-Crown Accredition

The UCD College of Business is comprised of the UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business (Bachelor’s Degrees), UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School (Master’s Degrees), UCD Smurfit Executive Development and UCD Business International Campus.

It is one of the elite 82* business schools in the world to hold the triple-crown international accreditation from AACSB (US), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (UK).

These accreditations represent the highest form of achievement for business schools – enhancing the value of a Degree from UCD across the globe.


AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, International)

It provides internationally recognised and specialised accreditation for business and accounting programmes at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level.

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EQUIS (European Foundation for Management Development)

It assesses institutions as a whole. It assesses not just degree programmes but all the activities and sub-units of the institution, including research, e-learning units, executive education provision and community outreach. Institutions must be primarily devoted to management education.

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AMBA (Association of MBAs)

It is an association which works with business schools to accredit MBA, DBA and Master’s Degree programmes globally, against defined criteria and include input from a variety of stakeholders including business school staff, students, graduates and employers.

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Global Alliances and Partnerships

CEMS (The Global Alliance in Management Education)

It is a cooperation of the world’s leading business schools and universities with multinational companies and NGOs.

The CEMS Global Alliance includes leading business schools, multinational companies and NGOs from around the globe.

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Global Network for Advancement Management (GNAM)

The Global Network for Advanced Management includes 29 leading business schools. These include the Yale School of Management, London School of Economics, INSEAD (France and Singapore) and other leading business schools from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

A common motivation of member schools to connect is to position their students, faculty, staff, alumni and other constituencies so that they can deepen their understanding of differences and commonalities in their economies and increase their effectiveness. Member schools recognise that leaders in all sectors will be asked to contribute to devising solutions to major global problems of great complexity.

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Partnership in International Management (PIM)

PIM, Partnership in International Management, is a consortium of leading international business schools, founded which provides a framework for international cooperation primarily at graduate level.

Members are carefully selected by the association.

Each member institution represents the highest degree of excellence in the fields of business administration and management, demonstrates leadership in their geographic region and delivers an MBA or a graduate-equivalent degree in management.

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Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

The mission of PRME is to transform Management education, research and thought leadership globally by providing the Principles for Responsible Management Education framework, developing learning communities and promoting awareness about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. University College Dublin is a participant of PRME.

The Six Principles of PRME are inspired by internationally-accepted values, such as the United Nations Global Compact’s Ten Principles, and provide an engagement structure for academic institutions to advance social responsibility by incorporating universal values into curricula and research. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of Management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century.

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