Trinity Business School gains “Triple Crown” of accreditations

The Trinity Business School becomes the second in Ireland to be accredited by all three major global business school accrediting bodies

Trinity Business School has gained a “Triple Crown” in accreditation after being accredited by all three major global business school accrediting bodies. 

Trinity Business School announced yesterday that it has been accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, following prior accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). 

The awarding of the three accreditations to a business school is known as the “Triple Crown” and the school joins a select number of institutions across Europe and globally that have achieved it. 

In a statement published by the School, its Dean, Andrew Burk, said: “Every top international geographic innovation cluster has at least one world class business school located within.”  

Burke continued: “If Dublin really wants a sustainable position as a world class centre for digital technology business and have a financial centre, then the coming of age of Trinity Business School with Triple Accreditation is hugely positive news both for Dublin and global competition.” 

Burke went on to credit staff for their contributions to the rapid growth of the Business School, saying: “Through devolved leadership, everyone in the School has taken ownership and responsibility to launch new programmes and improve existing activities.” 

He underlined the school’s use of blended learning methods, the provision of micro-credentialing in addition to traditional graduate business degree programs and “ethical leadership” as part of a strategy “to promote diversity, inclusivity and sustainability”. 

The Business School has expanded by 150% over the past five years and is currently preparing to open a multimedia lecture room, dubbed “the Matrix”. The room is designed for the use of additional blended learning and teaching methods. 

As Dean, Burke introduced a “high-growth policy” for the school in 2015, launching new degree programmes and beginning construction of a new and eco-friendly building. The building was completed and opened by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in 2019. 

The Business School has since gained in Irish and European business school rankings. It re-entered the Financial Times European Business School Rankings at 60th in 2019. In 2020, it gained four places to be ranked 56th. 

Other Irish business schools featured in the 2020 rankings were the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School (UCD Smurfit) at 23rd and Dublin City University Business School at 85th. UCD Smurfit is the only other triple-accredited business school in Ireland. 

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is a non-profit association that provides quality assurance and other services to business schools worldwide. Founded by a consortium of business schools from the USA in 1916, it has since grown to a global organisation and accredited four other business schools in Ireland. 

Connie Roughan

Connie Roughan is the Unions Correspondent for Trinity News and a Senior Fresh BESS student.