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  • Lindsey Nguyen Full-Time MBA 2015, Highly Commended Nominee As one of the six finalists for the Independent MBA Student of the Year Award, I was invited to attend a face-to-face interview with the Judges on 28 January 2016 at the Association of MBAs (AMBA) offices in London. I was already honoured by the nomination from UCD Smurfit, but it was so exciting ... Read More

  • Finbarr coaching the ladies! Founded in 1999, the UCD Smurfit Rugby Club has grown from humble beginnings into one of the most successful business school rugby clubs in the world.

    This year, the rugby club has increased its numbers with both male and female current students joining the team. There are MBA students (Carley, Jack, Michael, Dan, Finbarr ... Read More

  • L-R – Sumit Chopra, Justin Keatinge, Conor Mc Mahon On Monday evening, the Entrepreneurship Club were lucky enough to have Justin Keatinge of Version 1 as our guest speaker. In short, Version 1 are an IT services company with €75m in revenue and Justin is the current CEO. Justin and his co-founder John Mullen established the company from home ... Read More

  • It was in mid-October that many students from the class set sail for the four corners of the world, or at least Europe and North America, for Global Network Immersion Week (GNIW). This is a week where MBA students from all over the world, which are part of the Global Network of Advanced Management (GNAM – as was so artfully recreated at the wine-tasting ... Read More

  • Hilary Term has only started and we can feel the heat already here at Said Business School. The two weeks have been packed with activities and submissions, giving a peek into what will follow for the next 10 weeks.

    Week 1 kick started with an introductory lecture on Entrepreneurship at Nelson Mandela Lecture Hall. Professor Hellman ‘s lectures ... Read More

  • The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is about to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first MBA graduate awards.

    The school’s Executive MBA (EMBA) programme was established in 1964 by the late Prof Michael MacCormac, who designed the course on a transatlantic voyage following the completion of his MBA in Harvard. “The EMBA is a two-year ... Read More

  • I had a roomie who used to shout vociferously every time he saw any games especially cricket. He also used to yell a lot of other interesting stuff but folks around him usually got annoyed. But he had big proportion of people who thought he was fantastic. He was famous with the name “Fantastico”. Detractors perverted fantastico and called him ... Read More


    UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is delighted to partner with The Irish Times to offer readers the chance to win a scholarship to cover full tuition fees for a part-time Executive MBA at UCD Smurfit School, worth €30,700.

    Over four weeks from Friday January 15th to Monday February 8th applicants have the chance to answer 3 GMAT ... Read More


    After a hectic term of lectures and projects in the six modules of the Full Time Smurfit MBA Programme, my first feeling about end of terms exams was abject fear. With my background in Psychology, English and Foreign Language, I’ve made it through an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree without ever having to take an exam with right ... Read More

  • Michaelmas term officially got over on the 18th, by when a lot of classmates had already taken off for their christmas vacation. I too headed off to Edinburgh for a few days before Christmas with a small group of batchmates. We had an exciting time exploring the city and the highlands, and decided to visit again over the year when the temperature ... Read More

  • Pay hike can buy many intangible benefits which often give sense of control over life, security in job and you feel less stressed about future. However drill-down slightly deeper job satisfaction is as essential as wage increase. I've a feeling most people deal with the feeling of being underpaid and feeling like being underpaid can be disheartening. 

    The ... Read More

  • L-R – Donal Ryan MD Equinome, Mike Shelly CEO Plusvital, Dr Emmeline Hill Co-Founder Equinome Plusvital, the Irish equine nutrition company, has acquired the leading bloodstock genomic testing company, Equinome.

    Eqinome’s Managing Director is Donal Ryan (Smurfit MBA 2009) and Plusvital’s Chief Executive is Mike Shelly (Smurfit MBA ... Read More

  • With the exams now well and truly behind us at this stage, it feels like the WEMBAs (Weekend Executive MBAs) can breathe a sigh of relief. Chatting to the class last Saturday following our final Competitive Strategy exam, our (largely exhausted) conversations were along the lines of what we’ve learned so far this year, whether it was what we expected ... Read More

  • Yesterday marked the official end to the first semester of the Full-Time MBA Programme. Unfortunately, as is often the case with college courses, this meant a series of written exams testing us on the various modules we have completed over the previous 12 weeks of lectures. It has been ten years since my undergraduate exams, and what made it all worse ... Read More

  • Full-Time MBA Class Today, our FT MBA students sat their last exam which marked the end of Semester 1 for the academic year 2015-16. Semester 1 is always intense and challenging for MBA students. Many students are International and many have not studied for a number of years. However, once the initial apprehension passes and everyone gets to know each ... Read More

  • Iceland Trip Part 3

    by on December 11, 2015


    Day 5 : Mývatn Lake/Hverir/Viti Crater/Mývatn Nature Baths วันนี้เที่ยวเก็บแต้มกันแบบมาราธอน จะอยู่กันแถว Mývatn โดยช่วงเช้าชมรอบๆทะเลสาป ... Read More

  • On Friday December 4th, we saw the MBA Classes of 2015 receive their well deserved graduation awards at the conferring ceremony in UCD O’Reilly Hall.

    Following this, on Saturday December 5th, I had the pleasure of attending the Smurfit MBA Graduation Ball 2015. The ball was organised by the graduates and took place in The Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham. ... Read More

  • MBA Open Evening

    by The UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on November 26, 2015

    The first Opening Evening for the classes of 2016 took place Wednesday evening in UCD Smurfit School with the newly installed Christmas tree in the front hall which gave the occasion a rather festive feel. This event concentrated on the post experience Masters and MBA programmes and was a lively event with a good crowd with lots of questions on the ... Read More

  • Left to right: Vince Cooney, Michael McDonnell, Sumit Chopra, Arka Banerjee, Finbarr Coghlan, Sreekanth Nagabhushana, Siddarth Raghunathan, Patrick Farrell, Minh Le, and Majid Al-Farayedhi (looking like an extra from Tron). UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is most known well for sculpting minds and international leaders. In November, it ... Read More


    Entering the home stretch of first term lectures on the UCD Smurfit MBA provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on what we have accomplished, and some of the experiences that we cherish the most. We have all learned an enormous amount in a short period of time from our peer teams and lecturers, but I wanted to reflect on the opportunities ... Read More

  • The Smurfit MBA Thought Leadership Club organised a Digital Leadership Talk to examine digital business strategies adopted by top companies. The event witnessed a stellar lineup of speakers – Mr. JP Donnelly, CEO at Ogilvy & Mather Group; Mr.Kevin McDonald, Country Manager at Zomato and Mr. Gearoid Buckley, Online Marketing Manager at LinkedIn ... Read More

  • Iceland Trip Part 2

    by on November 20, 2015

    รอบนี้มารีวิวสถานที่ท่องเที่ยวเรียงตามที่ได้ไปมา ทริปนี้ขับรถวนรอบเกาะแบบอินดี้ คือขับตามเข็มนาฬิกา 55 ปกติชาวบ้านเค้าจะขับทวนเข็มนาฬิกากัน ... Read More

  • Dublin Commissioner for Startups, Niamh Bushnell, today announced the participants for their Newstalk Saas Bootcamp.

    They were looking for 8-10 scaling companies who had the ambition and the ability to go global fast. They found 11 in total and are taking them all.

    The participants are:

    Bizimply, Edgescan, Learnupon, WorkCompass, LogoGrab, Legalshine, ... Read More

  • What is the secret to being a successful Entrepreneur? This is probably the question I am most eager to find the answer to during my MBA programme. So many students raised hands when asked whether they want to start up their own business. I believe they are just looking for the recipe for success like me.

    I started to look for the answer by joining ... Read More

  • Iceland Trip Part 1

    by on November 16, 2015

    มาละฮ่ะ รีวิวทริปไอซ์แลนด์ตามสัญญา ขอเอามาแปะไว้ในบล็อคของคุณฝาชีเพราะเกรงว่าถ้าพิมพ์ใส่สเตตัสในเฟซบุคจะยาวไป

    จากกรุงเทพเราไปฮอลแลนด์กันก่อนเพื่อไปเยี่ยมครอบครัวคุณฝาชี ... Read More

  • Dr. Michael Smurfit & Professor Ciaran O’Hogartaigh, Dean of UCD College of Business UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School welcomed Dr. Michael Smurfit on Thursday November 12th to participate in a “Characters in Conversation” event with Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean of Business. This ‘Founders Day’ event is eagerly ... Read More

  • I cannot complain, as I was warned.

    During our first week, we had a presentation from a gentleman from the MBA Association of Ireland. At the end he wished all of the full timers “Best of luck”, but to the EMBA group he just laughed and said “God help you!’

    The hardest part of the EMBA for me so far has been managing the work-life balance; ... Read More

  • The days were getting longer, the nights were getting restless and the weekends were growing boring due to pressing deadlines when the tactically placed GNAM Immersion Week trip came to our rescue. Desperately waiting for 16th October, it was getting harder to spend the last few days in class before flying to our respective locations for GNIW (Global ... Read More

  • One of the most frequently asked questions you get on the very first days of your MBA is, “what is your background?”. My answer was, non-profit organisation, sometimes with extra “key words” like women’s right, poverty reduction, and responsible practices. Usually, the response was, “oh, interesting,” then a few seconds of silence.

    These ... Read More

  • After twelve years away from the books I decided to refine my fundamental understanding of business management by obtaining an MBA. My expectations of MBA life were based on how my mind processed the stories that previous MBA graduates described. However, I must say that the value of the descriptions about MBA life were as good as the descriptions I ... Read More

  • Last night, we joined almost 800 other guests to celebrate the IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. The awards, now in their ninth year, honour the incredible businesswomen of Ireland and their outstanding achievements.

    ‘The Smurfettes’ putting our complimentary selfie-stick to use! The room was ... Read More

  • The alarm clock goes off at 7am. Your first thought is that you’re a student and that you can have a lie on. Then you realise that you’re not a student, but an MBA candidate so the normal student rules don’t apply!!! Time to get up.

    Over breakfast you look at your calendar for the day.  How many classes do you have? How many group ... Read More

  • MBA Jobs - CCI Recruitment 2015 - Employment Notice of 31 Manager and Other Posts in Cement Corporation of India Limited (CCI) - Delhi CCI recruitment 2015. 

    CCI Recruitment 2015 has issue employment notification in the month of October for hiring in 31 vacant positions of General Manager, Junior Staff Officer, Executive Secretary, and other ... Read More

  • Often the starting point when analysing a case is to conduct an industry analysis in order to establish the attractiveness or otherwise of a given industry. For this we usually use Porters Five Forces theory, which has as one of its considerations, the barriers to entry that may hinder a competitor who is considering moving into a particular market. ... Read More

  • Last week we had our first international MBA travel opportunity – Global Network Immersion Week (GNIW). GNIW is an optional, one-week module in Semester 1 which allows students to take a mini course either at Smurfit or at another partner university. Each of the universities offer the opportunity to work with other international students, faculty, ... Read More

  • My class and I are now nearly half way through Semester 1, Year 2 of the Executive MBA. The respite of mid-term is upon us as we take a breather before the run in of the last few weeks of the semester.

    As I reflect on the progress we have made to date, one key learning sticks in my mind. Subjects such as Leading the Innovative Enterprise, Performance ... Read More

  • I still vividly remember my first week at Smurfit, how nervous I was about this new chapter in my life, thinking about what I will need to be a success here, and good grades were number one on that list of requirements.

    However, after almost two months on the programme, I have somehow arrived at the conclusion that grades are only a footnote in the ... Read More

  • Poets & Quants editor John Byrne sat down with our Dean, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, to discuss the UCD Smurfit MBA experience, and Ireland as a destination for business education.

    Interview with The Dean

    Avril Donohue ~ MBA Alumni Relations, Marketing & Events Read More

  • Barilla pasta and a large Coke, delivered on a Honda while reading Stephen King, before deciding between Nintendo Wii or PlayStation! Who knew the EMBA would be so much fun? On the other side of life, no more Netflix, Champion’s League, weekly five aside or Saturday morning lie in. Although the benefits of the experience curve should see weekly 5 ... Read More

  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School today welcomed validation of its international standing confirmed in two separate highly respected international rankings for 2015 – the Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings and The Economist Full-Time MBA Rankings.

    The School’s programmes achieved 18th place in the European rankings (56th place in ... Read More

  • The MBA Journey

    by The UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on October 19, 2015


    The MBA was something that I was considering for a while. I can imagine there are many people like me out there – 10+ years in the work force and not sure what you want to do in 10 years time. Feeling like you have no options other than stay doing what you are doing so you apply for a couple of jobs, ‘just to see like’ you tell yourself. ... Read More

  • Time is running at a lightening speed here. I now realize that when seniors said the year will go by really fast, they meant it quite literally. Each day is packed with a bagful of activities, all of which need to be fitted around the seven hours of classroom lectures. And the classes have only just begun!

    340 of us from 2015-16 batch, with 31% female ... Read More

  • Facing My Fears

    by The UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on October 16, 2015

    Team 7 I have two fears, spiders and heights! When filling out our team charter during the foundation week we were asked for our fears, some had a fear of failure, some death or illness and other quite profound and meaningful fears. Please excuse my scepticism as a medic, but most of those things are inevitable so they were not top of my list. What ... Read More