University of Limerick Earns AACSB International Accreditation

Congratulations to Dean Philip O’Regan and colleagues involved in securing KBS’s (Kemmy Business School, UL) AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation.

Press Release:

Tampa, Fla., USA (July 30, 2019)—AACSB International (AACSB) announces that University of Limerick has earned accreditation for its Kemmy Business School. Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting students, educators, and businesses worldwide.

“AACSB accreditation recognizes institutions that have demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curriculum development, and student learning,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “We congratulate the University of Limerick and executive dean and professor Philip O’Regan on earning accreditation, and applaud the entire Kemmy Business School team—including the administration, faculty, staff, and students—for their roles in earning this respected honor.”

Synonymous with the highest standards of quality, AACSB accreditation inspires new ways of thinking within business education globally and, as a result, has been earned by only 5 percent of the world’s schools offering business degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher. Today, 856 institutions across 56 countries and territories maintain AACSB accreditation. Furthermore, 188 institutions maintain supplemental AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.

“We are extremely proud of this achievement, and our engagement with AACSB during the initial accreditation has been a very useful process,” said O’Regan. “AACSB accreditation is most definitely a reflection of the exceptional work that takes place throughout the Kemmy Business School and a recognition of the efforts of all Kemmy Business School stakeholders.”

AACSB accreditation provides a framework of 15 international standards against which business schools around the world assess the quality of their educational services. These standards ensure continuous improvement and provide focus for schools to deliver on their mission, innovate, and drive impact. AACSB-accredited schools have successfully undergone a rigorous review process conducted by their peers in the business education community, ensuring that they have the resources, credentials, and commitment needed to provide students with a first-rate, future-focused business education.

“The University of Limerick’s commitment to earning accreditation is a true reflection of their dedication—not only to their students, alumni network, and greater business community, but to the higher education industry as a whole,” said Bryant. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s business leaders, and the addition of the Kemmy Business School to the network of AACSB-accredited business schools will have a lasting positive impact for their institution, both locally and globally.”

AACSB also announced that the College of Management at Mahidol University, Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zagreb, Liverpool Hope University, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology-First Campus, National Taipei University of Technology, Reutlingen University, South China University of Technology,Swinburne University of Technology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia have earned accreditation in business.

About AACSB International
As the world’s largest business education alliance, AACSB International (AACSB) connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to more than 1,700 member organizations and over 840 accredited business schools worldwide. AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. The global organization has offices located in Tampa, Florida, USA; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Singapore. For more information, visit

Analog Devices holds its annual Robbie McAdam Scholarship & Medal Ceremony

Analog Devices holds its annual Robbie McAdam Scholarship & Medal Ceremony June 13th,
pictured are Employees from both Analog Devices, Raheen and Electronic & Computer Engineering (E&CE), UL plus the worthy recipients of these awards from the BE Electronic & Computer Engineering programme, E&CE Dept, UL

University of Limerick (UL) signs contracts with Dunnes Stores to purchase site at Sarsfield’s Bridge to enable development of city campus.

The President of the University of Limerick, Dr. Des Fitzgerald, has announced that the university has now signed contracts with Dunnes Stores to acquire a 5,500 sq. meter riverside former shopping centre belonging to the company on the river at Sarsfield Bridge in Limerick City.

The purchase of the Dunnes site represents the largest ever development in Higher Education in Limerick City centre. Dr. Fitzgerald paid tribute to Dunnes for facilitating the deal and for their support for the university’s plans for a city centre campus.

The President made the announcement at the annual UL President’s Gala Dinner organised by the University of Limerick Foundation. The dinner took place in Adare Manor this evening (Friday) and was attended by 350 guests including the Chancellor of the University, Ms. Mary Harney, and the Chairperson of the University of Limerick Foundation, Mrs. Loretta Brennan Glucksman.

Separately, Dr. Fitzgerald has also confirmed that the university is to start construction on a new access route on the northern part of the campus which will open the campus for the first time to Co. Clare. The access route will facilitate the plans of Clare County Council to develop an economic development zone adjoining the campus .

Speaking today, Dr. Fitzgerald said that the developments were part of the university’s strategy to prepare for the next fifty-years; “if the university is to continue to be an important part of the regional infrastructure, we need to plan now for the needs of the region over the coming decades. We can’t let the university be defined simply by its location close to Limerick city. We must create a regional and national institution which will support economic, cultural and social development right across the region and indeed more widely across the country for decades to come.”

Fond Farewell to UL Foundation CEO David Cronin

The Board of the UL Foundation has confirmed that Chief Executive Officer, David Cronin, has decided to step down from the Foundation to take up a new position in the USA as President & CEO of the American Ireland Funds.

UL President Des Fitzgerald paid tribute to Mr Cronin, saying “David has overseen a very successful period of fund raising, partnership building and investment which has greatly helped the University to progress its mission. I want to acknowledge the very significant contribution which David made as CEO and I know he will continue to be an Ambassador for the University in the years ahead”.

UL Chancellor Mary Harney has also wished Mr Cronin well in his new role and acknowledged his contribution to the growth of the University over the past 10 years.

Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairman of the Foundation, also paid tribute and wished Mr Cronin success in his new role; “David has made a very significant contribution to the Foundation since he joined as CEO in 2008. During that time, he has played a key role in developing and managing strategic relationships with leaders in philanthropy, business, art, culture, politics and sport. While we will be very sorry to see David leave at this time, we want to express our deep appreciation for his work as CEO and for the strong legacy he will leave behind here in the University.”

Holmes O’Malley Sexton Scholarship is Awarded

The recipient of the prestigious Holmes O’Malley Sexton Law Scholarship was announced today on campus at University of Limerick. Final year student Patrick Carr was presented with the merit-based scholarship for his outstanding level of performance to date in his Law and Accounting degree at UL.

Foundation Mourns the Passing of Tom Considine

We were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of UL Governing Authority member, Tom Considine, on 22nd November.

Tom joined the University’s Governing Authority on 1st December, 2017 as nominee of the University of Limerick Foundation and was appointed Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, which plays a critical role in the University.

We were fortunate to have his experience and expertise drawn from decades of work for the public service and he will be sadly missed.

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UL Chancellor Hosts Evening with Paul Brady in Support of Scholarships

On 2nd November, a close network of ambassadors, patrons and supporters of the University of Limerick Foundation gathered at a special event hosted by UL Chancellor and UL Foundation Director Mary Harney in support of student scholarships.

University of Limerick Chancellor and UL Foundation Director Mary Harney (centre) pictured with (left to right) singer songwriter Paul Brady, former world champion boxer Bernard Dunne and Ireland and Munster Rugby’s Peter O’Mahony at the announcement of the new UL Foundation Scholarships programme which provides a wide range of philanthropically supported bursaries for students across academic, music and sporting excellence as well as minority and marginalised groups. 
Pic: Don Moloney

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UL Foundation Mourns the Passing of Founding Secretary & President Emeritus UL, John O’Connor

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our Founding Secretary and President Emeritus UL, Mr John O’Connor.

John was a huge part of the success of our Foundation and the University – captured so wonderfully in his “Memoir of a Privileged Time”, a personal history of the development of the University of Limerick 1972-2012 and pre-history 1862-1972’


New Glucksman Library Unveiled

On 22nd June, the unveiled the new UL Glucksman Library, which has now doubled in size and capacity having added an extra 7,600 sq. metres to the original library building. The Library now includes a range of world class innovations in book storage and retrieval, digital research, accessibility and ‘inspirational learning spaces’. One stand out feature is the ARC (Automated Reserve Collection) – a 10 meter high book vault and robotic crane, with the capacity to store 500,000 volumes in a space 1/9th of conventional shelving, which will see UL’s historic collections, currently housed off-site, returned to campus.

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Roibeárd Thornton Memorial-Janssen Sciences Scholarship is Launched

A new scholarship, the Roibeárd Thornton Memorial-Janssen Sciences Scholarship, was launched today at the University of Limerick, named in memory of Dr Roibeárd Thornton, a graduate of the University. Dr Thornton, who had been working with Janssen Sciences in Cork for over 4 years, had just returned to Limerick with his family when he was tragically killed in a car crash in January 2016.

The new scholarship programme at UL, which is being gifted through the University of Limerick Foundation, will award €2,500 to a 2nd year student of the BSc Bioscience in the School of Natural Sciences. The inaugural 2017 recipient is Niamh Phelan from Kilkenny City who was awarded the Scholarship based on her academic excellence.

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A new suite of Sports Scholarships

A new suite of Sports Scholarships were formally launched at the event, designed to support elite athletes in pursuing and excelling in their sport while also undertaking study at the University of Limerick.

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