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  • When I embarked on my Smurfit MBA journey, I said I will start a blog. I didn’t expect the workload to be so high though.

    Three weeks later I am posting my first blog entry. I am still very excited to share my experience with you, and I hope you are still interested in reading it. I promise writing more often and on time in the future.

    Foundation ... Read More

  • Have you heard, that the first year at IESE is supposed to be extremely tough? From what I can see so far, that’s true. The last days hit me (us) like a hammer. But it’s amazing. I love the dedication that you feel everywhere, the collaboration and of course the learning. I find the things that we study, day in day out, absolutely interesting ... Read More

  • When I joined the military 10 years ago, we had to complete an induction week. The week was designed to give us a ‘soft landing’ into the organisation and dismay any anxiety or fear. Now, ten years later I have completed a similar week as part of the EMBA Programme in UCD Michael Smurfit Business School and the induction week seemed to have ... Read More

  • First week of my IESE MBA

    by barcelonaMBA on August 30, 2016

    I’m here! In Barcelona! It has started.

    I arrived last week’s Sunday evening, just in time for the start of the Business Spanish Program (a 2 week intensive course for all the non-native Spanish speakers).

    So what has been going on?

    IESE I met a ton of incredibly interesting people at the first day event, where we received our welcome ... Read More

  • Here at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, we are proud to be a member of the Global Network for Advanced Management, alongside other top business schools like Yale, IE and EGADE (visit GNAM website). The Global Network Immersion Week (GNW) Programme is an initiative of GNAM that is designed to provide students from participating GNAM ... Read More

  • Today I finished my MBA. In Smurfit the final piece of work is a team-based Capstone project which I had the honour to complete with Arka Banerjee, Conor McMahon, Elsa Heffernan and Shane O’Driscoll. We undertook an industry review of a private equity firm, gaining an understanding of the industry in which they operate, how they are placed within ... Read More

  • Okay, I just booked my flight to Barcelona! I’ll arrive just the evening before the intensive Spanish classes begin. Quite last-minute, but what to do; I am busy all along and can’t arrive earlier. I also still don’t have a place to stay, but this will hopefully change, before I land in BCN. I have a group of people with whom we are ... Read More

  • It’s getting real. The first real assignment, directly from IESE is there – the Financial Accounting Pre-Course on Coursera.

    IESE sent an email to all Class of 2018 students, requesting them to complete the course before the program starts, in order to get basic, crucial knowledge to be able to follow the Financial Accounting course, that ... Read More

  • The UCD Smurfit MBA Golf Society Classic

    On Friday June 24th last, the UCD Smurfit MBA Golf Society held its latest event – the summer golf classic in the fabulous environs of the K Club in County Kildare, owned by the name sponsor of our school, Dr. Michael W.J. Smurfit.

    We were joined on the day by current students, alumni and supporters of ... Read More

  • I barely remember taking decent rest in the last 60 hours. It’s been relentless with submissions, birthday celebration, exams, vacating the flat, meeting people before leaving and of course the GTC ball – well all had to be accommodated and were non negotiable. 

    Hopped on to the flight to Mumbai and finally managed to grab some sleep, ... Read More

  • Women of the MBA group networking event, Friday 17th June As a current MBA student in Smurfit, I was recently involved in setting up a women’s network on campus – the Women of the MBA. Last Friday, 17th June,  we successfully launched the group at an event attended by both male and female, past and present students of the MBA.

    We were ... Read More

  • Dr Joe Sheehan, Radiologist Registrar,Ger Bowens from MSD, and Dr Donal Reddan pictured at the launch of the WNWHG App outside Galway University Hospital. Photo: Reg Gordon As a 22-year-old with two Bachelors of Science degrees to my name and 1 year of medical school under my belt, joining the MBA class of 2009 at Smurfit was the greatest risk of my ... Read More

  • There is enormous demand amongst people who seek Sarkari Job/Government job in India. Majority people like Govt Jobs because they offer safety and many benefits not available in private sector.Now with a click of button you can search for any government Job opening very easily. The old-style way to find-out Govt job in India through newspapers ... Read More

  • L -R Derek Scally, Nobert McDermott, Pat Hurley, Danny O Dea, Tom Saunders, Neil Murphy, Martin Hawkes & Josepht Dundon at MBA 50th Gala dinner at UCD Smurfit Business School, Friday June 17th UCD was the first university in Ireland, and one of the first in Europe, to offer an MBA in 1964. We are delighted this year to celebrate 50 years since the ... Read More

  • Prior to departing for China, expectations and excitement across the FT MBA class were extremely high to say the least. However, it is safe to say that each and every one of these expectations were surpassed. Our week long trip took place from May 28 to June 04 and, as an opportunity to bond with classmates alone, it was going to be something special. ... Read More

  • FT MBA Class 2015-16 At the end of May, the full-time MBA class took a week-long trip to Xiamen and Hong Kong to learn more about doing business across the globe, specifically the dynamic business environment in China.  We found the trip both academically enlightening and culturally fascinating.  To that end, here are a few takeaways from whirlwind, ... Read More

  • For our final international module on the MBA program, the full-time class went on a study trip to China. Visiting Xiamen and Hong Kong, the trip aimed to give us an insight into the considerable economic achievement as well as the cultural and institutional practices in China. We set off on Saturday morning, flying from Dublin to Heathrow to Hong Kong ... Read More

  • Last week marked exactly two years since I graduated from Business School. Time flies! On my way back home from work today, I reflected back a little- on things I have done in the past couple years, my achievements & failures  –  but more importantly  – how my perspectives have matured.  Two years ago, I was pretty much an ... Read More

  • I may have spoken to over 50+ Said applicants /admits over the course of my year, through various channels. I’ve been assigned as mentor to two incoming students. A few classmates and I volunteered to do a Q&A panel with new admits at the Experience Weekends and I also got involved with the admissions office this April to hold a meet up with ... Read More

  • Visit to University of Dubai – Dr. Eesa Mohammed Bastaki takes a selfie with the Smurfit MBA group On a wet, windy and dark night in September, having just returned to year two of the EMBA after having had the summer off, signing up for the 2016 MBA International Study Tour was a no-brainer. The trip came highly recommended from alumni, promoted ... Read More

  • The busy MBA life is nearing completion. Without doubt, it has been one of the most happening years in my life to date. Working for the MBA Social Outreach Society was one great experience that I had during the MBA term. We got the opportunity to organize a number of events for various social causes as part of the club’s activities.

    We started off ... Read More

  • Newstalk, in association with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, is offering one exceptional candidate the chance of a lifetime. A scholarship for the full-time or executive (part-time) MBA programme starting in late August 2016.

    The scholarship worth up to €34,500 can only be used towards tuition fees on the full-time or executive (part-time) ... Read More

  • I want to share an interesting post from the official IESE MBA blog with you. Achint Kaur, an MBA Class of 2016 student, writes about his 2-year experience and gives helpful advice for future students. I found it a good read, as it summarizes, what I have already been expecting from the MBA.

    It really looks like life will be tough during the first ... Read More

  • Semester 2 has come to an end with the final exam taking place this evening and our full-time MBA class can look forward to a busy and exciting Summer Term. After a brief reprieve from the pressures of Semester 2 exams students will take a block module in Financial Statement Analysis next week. The students will then travel to China from May 28th to ... Read More

  • As people change jobs, the challenges faced are many. one of them is the challenge to transfer the retirement fund "PF" to new employer.Recently Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has simplified the process by launching "One Employee-One EPF Account" portal. below are the details steps Read More

  • IESE Welcome Video

    by barcelonaMBA on May 7, 2016

    The IESE MBA Admissions Office reached out to all admitted students, encouraging them to provide personal information and a photo for inclusion in the Class of 2018 videos. These videos will be presented at the Admitted Weekend (which I, unfortunately, cannot attend) and the orientation Week.

    For the photos, we strongly encourage creativity. Feel free ... Read More

  • MBA Students Listening to Company Pitches An integral component of the MBA programme is the Capstone Consulting project which is completed by our full-time students over a six week period in the Summer semester. This project fuses all the component learning of the MBA at the final stages of the academic year. It is an opportunity for companies to collaborate ... Read More


    Bo-Kaap South Africa is the country that I have always dreamed to visit once in my life. One year ago, I still questioned if I would ever have a chance to be there. One year later, I found myself sitting on the deck of The Water Front, in the centre of Cape Town, enjoying the bright sunshine and fresh breeze. Like a dream. I got this wonderful ... Read More

  • In advance of the MBA International Study Tour, we had to vote for two out of three destinations. Among the three options – UAE & India, South Africa and Vietnam, most people selected the first two. As a Vietnamese student, it was a sad result for me (though I did not vote for my home country because we were encouraged to choose another place ... Read More

  • Throughout ancient India, teachers have been respected a lot. Some of the teachers have produced some great students. According to me a teacherBuilds self awareness, unleashes inner potential and gives contents of things when it is rightShould have Right intent compared to right contentHas the ability to create "creators" and "destroyers"But our education ... Read More

  • bschool talkies

    So, what does a Statement of Purpose mean? While there is no thumb rule for what a proper statement of purpose should look like, there are definitely certain Key points which you don’t want to miss out on when writing your SOP.  I’ll share what I have often seen in some great Statements of Purpose and anything on these lines ... Read More

  • TOEFL scores arrived

    by barcelonaMBA on April 21, 2016

    The next hurdle is taken – the TOEFL is out of the way.

    Here’s my score:

    Reading: 30 Listening: 28 Speaking: 27 Writing: 26

    Total: 111

    Below is a chart with the corresponding percentile ranks:

    Total Scale Score Percentile Rank

    120 100

    116 99

    112 97

    108 93

    104 88

    100 81

    96 74

    92 67

    88 59

    84 51

    80 44

    76 37

    72 31

    68 25

    64 20

    60 16

    56 13

    52 10

    48 8

    44 6

    40 4

    36 3

    32 2

    28 1

    24 1

    20 —

    16 —

    12 —

    8 —

    4 —

    0 —

    So ... Read More

  • Win up to €17,250 towards a Full-Time or Executive MBA at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

    IMAGE Magazine, in association with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, is offering one female candidate a scholarship covering 50% of fees (upper value €17,250) for the Full-Time or Executive MBA programme starting end August 2016.

    Selection ... Read More

  • As part of a marketing assignment, we were asked whether brands are living entities. The question by itself suggested an answer. It is fantastic to perceive brands as living entities with unique characters. Brands have the ability to communicate, carry reputation, earn loyalty and become friends for life.

    Have you ever heard brands talk to you? For ... Read More



    Last weekend the UCD Smurfit School Rugby Club travelled to Danville, Virginia in the United States to participate in the MBA Rugby World Cup in pursuit of our 12th title since 1999. The men’s team took home the shield, finishing in 3rd place as did the women’s team. This was a great reward for all of the hard work that has been ... Read More

  • My grandma’s hands

    by Plan MBA on April 17, 2016

    My most distinct and tactile memories of my grandma all involve her hands. She had strong hands that wrung out dishrags and mops until they were completely dry. Her nails were so thick and beautiful they stood up to that same dish and mop water and rarely broke.

    Whenever she hugged me or squeezed my hand – even when she was in her early 90s – it ... Read More

  • The first MBA Golf Society (MBAGS) event of 2016 has finally come and gone and it’s surely one for the history books! Not really. But, it was great fun. With our original first event at Luttrellstown cancelled due to snow in March, we kicked off the year at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club on the 8th of April. The forecast was rain but that wouldn’t stop ... Read More

  • As I near the end of Semester Two of my first year I have reflected on my experience so far. I thought I’d write a post which, had I read one year ago, would have given me a real insight into what was in store for me when I was considering the MBA Programme at Smurfit Business School. So here it goes………

    Semester and Grading Structure – so ... Read More

  • WMBA Lunch over the weekend Looking around our current MBA classes, we see a group that is mainly male dominated. Recognising the power of the women in our MBA classes, we recently set up a Women of the MBA group to connect both current students and alumni with one another, to create a community, to network and to have fun!

    The issue of gender bias ... Read More

  • It depends. Most Leaders are bred in the crucible of life – not in a business school. If you are pursuing your MBA right now, ask yourself this.

    Are you just another MBA in the job market, or are you a  Leader?  A game changer? 

    Every morning I walk into  an office full of MBAs from top schools across the world, but only a handful of ... Read More

  • Lucky TOEFL

    by barcelonaMBA on April 4, 2016

    Wow. That was close. But let’s start at the beginning.

    You must know, that IESE waived my TOEFL requirement. I got accepted without ever having to take an English language test such as the TOEFL or the IELTS. The fact that I worked for four years on cargo and passenger ships, where the working language is English only, was sufficient to ... Read More

  • As an Exec MBA, it’s quite a decision to go on the international study tour. Between expense, college workload, work commitments, annual leave and further time away from general joy, it’s easy to see why my classmates found the decision less than straight forward. As one put it: “it’s a bit of a hard sell to the wife, to trek off to South Africa ... Read More

  • Welcome package arrived

    by barcelonaMBA on March 26, 2016


    A few days ago my IESE welcome pack arrived!

    There is a blue shirt, a to do list, fridge magnets and a branded pencil case. The shirt fits fine and wearing it for the first time was a great feeling – after all, a lot of work went into getting this shirt. It’s nice to see things getting real.

    IESE welcome package Read More

  • "...then God would send you someone."*This is, by far, the most frustrating thing that people have ever said to me, to anyone else, or even to themselves.I can only assume that it comes from Psalm 37:4 - "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." But if you interpret this verse as "be content in Jesus and he will ... Read More

  • Incoming Scholarships

    by barcelonaMBA on March 16, 2016

    The effort starts to pay off. I recently received the notification, that I have been awarded with two scholarships. One of them really makes an impact, the other one is basically for the CV. Both of them are connected to, a career website that I joined when I started my MBA research.

    IESE Scholarship – 10.000 ... Read More

  • This article was orginally published on

    Your first task is to define what you are looking for in your MBA, where you see yourself afterwards and how much effort you are willing to put into the program. Before you even start to look at schools, you should ask yourself the following questions:

    Do you want to study abroad or would you ... Read More

  • On Tuesday, the Smurfit Social Outreach Society welcomed Bizworld, a local charitable foundation, to our campus in Blackrock for a Primary School Showcase. Our guests included 35 sixth class children as well as teachers from three local schools (Our Lady’s Grove, Goatstown; Scoil Mhuire, Shankill; Harold Boys NS, Dalkey), BizWorld staff including ... Read More

  • The Executive MBA is the perfect ‘next step’ if you wish to develop your business acumen, leadership and management skills to enable you to move to the next level.  It is also an ideal spring-board if you are considering a career change.

    You will benefit both personally and professionally.  You will bring new ideas and fresh thinking back to ... Read More

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    Day 9 : Back to Reykjavík เนื่องจากฮีทเตอร์ในรถทำงานแบบผีเข้าผีออก ... Read More