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When you join the Business School you become part of a large community of students and staff learning about and exploring organisations and their management. Working together, we aim to provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of the discipline of management and an understanding of business and other organisations, with a view to preparing you for leadership roles in Irish and international organisations.

The School’s courses are not narrowly vocational and the knowledge you gain will not be rendered obsolete shortly after graduation. The philosophy and design of all programmes and courses concentrate on developing breadth of vision and depth of insight, together with rigorous patterns of critical thought and analysis. This is achieved through the study of theory, concepts and techniques and their application in a manner designed to endure through time and across international boundaries within a flexible career structure.

In pursuing these aims, the School seeks to achieve the goals of every Trinity undergraduate degree, which are to impart to you:

  • A strong broad base of knowledge that introduces you to all main aspects of the discipline or disciplines concerned, and to relevant aspects of closely related disciplines;
  • Advanced expertise in the major subject that provides you with a thorough understanding of the basic principles and methodology of the discipline and of the means by which the frontiers of the discipline can be expanded and new knowledge discovered;
  • A range of intellectual skills that develop as fully as possible the complete range of mental abilities, i.e. the enlargement and proficiency of mind that has long been a fundamental goal of university education.

These skills may be divided into two categories:

  • Thinking skills, which include:
    - The capacity to make sense of what one learns, to analyse and sort data and solve problems;
    - To extend what one has learned, to generate new ideas and concepts, to apply what one has learned to new contexts;
    - To deal with knowledge in a critical way, and to develop the capacity to evaluate information and ideas.
  • Communication skills:
    These involve the capacity to organise information and arguments and conclusions, and to present them in a clear and well–reasoned manner.

The School has a distinctly international perspective, which is reflected in the orientation of its courses, the integration of languages, an international teaching staff and student mix, and visiting professors. It has exchange agreements throughout Europe, America and Asia with more than thirty leading universities and their business schools. Most are under the auspices of the EU-sponsored ERASMUS programme which supports overseas study by students, while those outside Europe reflect research and learning relationships with distinguished international institutions especially in Japan, China and Korea.

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Last updated 3 May 2013 business@tcd.ie.