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Jun 03, 2019
As Trinity Business School moves into its new €80 million, state-of-the-art building, the School celebrates its progress as one of the fastest-growing established business schools in Europe.

This September’s intake of students on the Trinity Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting programme will undertake their eight-month programme in the brand new, state-of-the-art Business School building. The €80 million, 11,400 square metre structure includes an Innovation and Entrepreneurial Hub, a 600-seat auditorium, restaurant spaces for up to 200 people, smart classrooms with the latest digital technology, and a rooftop conference room. It will also host the undergraduate business incubator programme, Launchbox.

In 2014, Trinity College Dublin formed a five-year strategic plan that set out a broad vision to become “a university of greater global consequence”. With an ambition to build on its reputation as Ireland’s number one university, a crucial part of this strategy was growing the international Trinity Business School into a full-suite school located in a world-class building.

Five years on, the new cutting-edge building for Trinity Business School was officially opened by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D., on 23 May in conjunction with the Trinity Business and Technology Forum.

To fund the building, as well as fulfil its ambition to deliver one of Europe’s top business schools in the heart of Dublin, Trinity Business School simultaneously embarked on a high-growth strategy. This strategy contributed to the generation of new income streams, which – together with generous philanthropic support from alumni and Irish industry – have led to the first university building in the history of the State that is not funded by taxpayers’ money.

The school has significantly expanded across many fronts, including significant growth in new degree programmes, international research, executive education, outreach events such as the Trinity Business and Technology Forum, as well as considerable growth in the number of stellar students, faculty and professional staff. Increased diversity has been a significant feature of the growth; particularly in relation to gender and internationalisation.

Trinity Business School has reaped the rewards of this internationalisation strategy, notably through accreditation and rankings. These prove that the school has met a set of quality standards, ensuring that the students receive the highest quality education. 

Trinity Business School was re-accredited by AMBA (the Association of MBAs) in 2015, the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), and awarded full EQUIS Accreditation last year, meaning that it is now double-accredited by two of the three largest and most influential business school accreditation organisations worldwide.

Commenting on the EQUIS accreditation, the Dean of Trinity Business School, Professor Andrew Burke, said: “EQUIS top-tier, international recognition for Trinity Business School is timely as we move into our new €80 million, state-of-the-art building on campus. We have grown the school into a full-suite international business school, and with a growth rate of 127% over the last three years, we are one of the fastest-growing established business schools in Europe.

 We are delighted to have secured EQUIS accreditation, which only accredits the top 2% of business schools in the world.”

The school’s strategy has also seen its existing programmes continue to impress in the rankings. The Trinity Business School Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting offers non-accounting graduates a fast-track route into a career in accountancy. Graduates of the eight-month, full-time course gain a keen understanding of their future role as accountants, whether in practice or industry.

Ranked first in Ireland and tenth in Western Europe for accounting in the prestigious Eduniversal 2018 business school listing, the course focuses on the fundamentals of financial accounting, management accounting, corporate finance, audit, taxation and related areas. It also offers significant exemptions from the examinations of professional accountancy bodies, including the Chartered Accountants Ireland CAP1 exams.

“The programme prepares students to succeed in a career in professional accounting,” said Neil Dunne FCA, Programme Director for the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting. “Students gain technical skills as well as the business acumen to carry with them wherever they go. There is an authentic balance between business and academia”.

Many graduates move on to careers with leading accountancy firms, several of which have close links to the programme.

With few places remaining on the programme’s upcoming September 2019 intake, the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting invites candidates to meet with them on an individual basis to discuss the programme in detail and answer questions. To schedule a meeting or call, email lcurham@tcd.ie or call +353 1 896 4299.

This article is sponsored by Trinity Business School.