Irish finance courses outside world top 50

By Adam Higgins

DCU ranks outside the top 100 places to study a degree in finance according to a recent report.

The latest QS world rankings leaves Ireland far down the list as a place to learn how to manage money, with no Irish universities offering any of the top 50 accounting and finance courses in the world. Trinity is our highest ranked institution at 55.

University College Dublin came in at 61 with Queens University Belfast, the only other Irish college present on the list, coming in at number 70.

The rankings are based on a number of different aspects of a course such as academic results, appeal to potential employers and level of citations.

Harvard University tops the world rankings followed by Oxford, Cambridge and the London School of Economics.

The rankings give backing to calls by certain Irish business leaders for the government to concentrate the little resources we have on current top class colleges, instead of spreading them out in order to support regional third level colleges around the country.

The rankings were not all bad news for Ireland however, with Dublin coming in as the joint 8th best student city in the world, alongside Berlin.

This report took into account the number of third level institutions in the city, the quality of these colleges and their international ranking, the cost and quality of living in the city and the reputation of colleges with regional employers.

Paris topped the best cities in which to study, with six other European colleges in the top ten.

According to their website, QS are “among the most trusted university rankings available”.

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