Trinity Business School ranked best in Europe for gender balance

The school ranked as the 2nd highest globally for gender equality among students

In the 2020 Executive MBA rankings produced by the Economist today, the Trinity Business School has risen to 11th in Europe and 4th across the UK and Ireland. 

The business school ranked first in Ireland, and scored in the top five places for gender diversity. 

The school was ranked in The Economist today as the second highest globally for gender balance of students, while also achieving 5th globally for gender balance of faculty.

Trinity Business School ranked 13th place for percentage of alumni who have been promoted or grown their company since graduation, and ranked 4th for percentage increase on students’ pre-EMBA salary after two years.

Professor Andrew Burke, Chair of Business Studies and Dean at Trinity Business School, said:  “Trinity Business School has grown by over 150% over the last 5 years which, as far as we can tell, makes it the fastest growing established business school in Europe.”  

“This growth has been underpinned by a transformative strategy involving innovation, diversity and inclusion, a new state of the art eco-friendly building and a huge emphasis on high-quality leading-edge business education and research,” Burke continued. It is great to see the fruits of this strategy now pay off.”

 He added: “Last week the FT placed our MSc in Finance 1st in Ireland and in the top 5 in the UK & Ireland combined. We now observe the Economist giving almost the same top tier international ranking to our Executive MBA which is 1st in Ireland and in the top 5 in the UK & Ireland.”

Trinity Business School ranked 23rd in Europe this year, according to the 2020 Global Masters in Finance rankings produced by the Financial Times (FT), and secured first place in Ireland for its MSc in Finance. 

Burke stated: “It is also great to observe our Executive MBAs’ salary increase after graduation is the 4th highest in the world. This indicates an excellent return on investment in their education.”

“Furthermore, it is truly wonderful to observe that we are in the top 5 in the world for student and faculty gender diversity on both the Economist Executive MBA and the FT MSc in Finance rankings,” he continued. “That indicates the extent to which the under-representation of women in senior leadership positions in business and in the finance industry in particular, will be redressed by the exceptionally high proportion of stellar female graduates that we are producing.”

He added: “I hasten to add that we don’t do any positive discrimination in favour of women.  We simply recruit the best students and faculty and so it is great to see that women feel nurtured at Trinity Business School and central to its community.” 


The Trinity Business School building was used as a venue for contact tracing volunteers as the Covid-19 crisis progressed. Contact tracing began March 31.

Director of the Executive MBA, Professor Amanda Shantz,  said: “The Trinity EMBA provides an exceptional learning experience that equips learners to accelerate their careers. We are delighted to hear that our EMBA programme has been ranked so highly in this 

year’s Economist rankings.”

Professor Shantz added: “But we can’t take the credit; the learners and alumni that make up the Trinity EMBA are the real stars of the programme – it is their hard work, their passion for learning, and their commitment to making the world a better place that has brought 

our programme to new heights.” 

In December 2019, Trinity Business School ranked 60th in Europe by the Financial Times. This was the first time the school had featured in the rankings since 2007.

Earlier this month, College ranked 101st in QS world rankings, rising for the first time in three years.

Shannon Connolly

Shannon Connolly is the Editor-in-Chief of the 69th volume Trinity News, and a Senior Sophister student of English Literature and Philosophy. She previously served as Deputy Editor, News Editor and Assistant News Editor.