About DCU Business School:
WHERE INNOVATION LEADS LEARNING
Just as today’s organisations operate in a business environment that requires constant innovation, adaptability and reinvention in order to succeed, at DCU Business School we place innovation at the heart of everything we do. We respond to the needs of people, organisations and societies with agility and dynamism. We do this to ensure our academic programmes are ahead of the curve, and our graduates enter the world of work equipped with the latest and most relevant knowledge and skills. Our longstanding connection to industry has been the hallmark of our approach to education since our foundation in 1980.
We bring an energy and an entrepreneurial zeal to all our activities. This dynamism derives from being part of Ireland’s University of Enterprise and Transformation, located in one of Europe’s most thriving business locations. Dublin city is the European hub for the world’s top companies in technology, financial services, pharma and life sciences. We focus on strategically important business sectors in Ireland, and take pride in the impact our engagement has on Irish industry and, increasingly, on international organisations.
Our graduates leave us equipped to analyse with precision and think strategically; empowered to solve business problems creatively and to act with conviction and confidence in their organisations. As our programmes have become increasingly global in scope and our student body more international, our alumni are networked across the globe, making a significant contribution to companies and economies in over 60 countries across five continents.
Top 10 facts about DCU Business School
- Innovation leads the learning experience at DCU Business School
Just as today’s organisations operate today in a business environment that requires constant innovation, adaptability and reinvention in order to succeed, at DCU Business School we place innovation at the heart of everything we do, ensuring our graduates enter the workforce prepared with skills and the most up-to-date knowledge that set the foundations for a successful career. Our programmes such as Learning Innovation for Enterprise (LIFE) and Next Generation Management are unique in their innovative approach to Business education, with the LIFE module awarded an Innovation that Inspires accolade by the AACSB in April 2020 – one of only 25 institutions in the world to receive this honour.
- Alumni leading organisations and industries
We have an alumni community of over 20,000 DCU Business School graduates making an impact in businesses throughout the world. Our alumni include Albert Manifold, CEO of one of Ireland’s leading companies, CRH; Lorraine Twohill Chief Marketing Officer at Google; Bronwyn Brophy President EMEA at Thermo Fisher Scientific; Seamus Hand Managing Partner of KPMG
- International Accreditation and Ranking
DCU Business School is internationally accredited by AACSB and AMBA. This means we’ve undertaken a rigorous process to demonstrate we meet the highest standards in teaching, research and student support. You come to DCU Business School knowing that we’ve met the highest of international standards that mark our quality and you begin your career with a firm educational footing that sets you apart. Our programmes rank in the Financial Times and QS rankings and DCU Business School also ranks in the top 90 European Business Schools by the Financial Times.
- Graduate Employability
DCU Business School graduates are highly sought after in the job market and DCU is 19th in the world for its employment rate (QS 2020 Employability ranking). 98% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation.
- Appreciation of Business in all its forms
We are the first and only Irish Business School to receive the Small Business Charter status by the Chartered Association of Business Schools in recognition of the effective role DCU plays in supporting the development of small and medium-sized businesses in Ireland and in promoting entrepreneurship, among its students and within the Irish entrepreneurship eco-system. Our approach ensures that graduates understand and appreciate all forms of business from start-ups to SMEs, family businesses, social enterprise and large global brands. We run several highly successful SME-focused executive education programmes.
With INTRA (paid work placement) at undergraduate level, Practicum projects with real clients at postgraduate level and consultancy projects among our MBA class, real-life applied learning mean our students meaningfully apply their learning to practice and sets our programmes apart.
- Professionally Accredited
Our degrees are accredited by respected professional bodies and hold all appropriate professional accreditations such as ACCA, CIMA and CIPD.
- Learning Environment and enterprising culture
We provide a unique learning environment where students are encouraged to develop their creativity and skills as innovators, skills that are attractive to employers. Small class sizes, group work, self-assessment exercise and a wide range of practical assessments for real-world clients – while constantly connecting your academic learnings to real life business – sets a DCU Business education apart.
- Ethically Aware
We support the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education and embed opportunities within our programmes for students to engage with the ethical issues of their discipline and demonstrate how to behave responsibly.
Our academic staff have won €8 million in research grants over the past number of years from national funding agencies and under international funding programmes. We have four significant research centres which combine academic rigour and industry relevance:
- The Irish Institute for Digital Business
- DCU Centre for Family Business
- DCU Leadership and Talent Institute
- DCU Anti-Corruption Research Centre.75% of faculty are active publishers in peer-reviewed journals. 77% of this cohort have published in ABS 3, 4 and 4* journals in the past five years. In short, education at DCU Business School means learning from leading researchers across the business fields.