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Prof Bernard Pierce elected President of IPBS

21st April 2009

The Executive Dean of DCU Business School, Prof Bernard Pierce, has been elected President of the International Partnership of Business Schools (IPBS).

Established in 1979, the IPBS is a consortium of leading business schools located in Dublin (Ireland), Boston (USA), Lancaster (United Kingdom), Madrid (Spain), Reims (France), Reutlingen (Germany), Piacenza (Italy), and Puebla (Mexico).

The IPBS is dedicated to the development of a lifelong cross-cultural international community of business and management students, alumni, professors, researchers and staff, by sharing and increasing their professional knowledge, skills and understanding through international exchange programmes.

IPBS member schools co-operate in a programme of research and teaching activities and the network currently has almost 2,000 students registered on dual degree and joint degree programmes.

Prof Bernard Pierce, newly elected President of the International Partnership of Business Schools


   Representatives from DCUBS and its IPBS partner institutions at the recent series of meetings hosted by DCU


At DCU, students can opt for the four-year BA in European Business degree, which is offered with French (DC112), German (DC113), Spanish (DC114), or Transatlantic Studies (DC116). Students undertake the first two years of their degree at DCU, before transferring to Reims, Reutlingen, Madrid, or Boston, respectively, to complete their studies. The dual degree sees students graduate with degree qualifications from both institutions.

The MSc in International Management commenced in 2004 and builds on more than 25 years’ experience of delivering the network’s highly successful undergraduate programmes. This intensive, twelve month Masters programme, which involves periods of study in two countries, is taught through English and combines managerial theory with the development of business skills. Potential study options involve spending the first semester at a partner institution in the USA, Mexico or France, and the second semester in Ireland (DCU), Germany or Italy.

DCU Business School continues to play a lead role in the further development of the International Partnership of Business Schools. The School last week welcomed deans, programme directors, professors and lecturers from its IPBS partner institutions, as it hosted the partnership's series of meetings. Professor Pierce was elected President at the IPBS General Assembly which took place on 17th April.

Find out more about the International Partnership of Business Schools (IPBS)