Sunday 28 October 2007

Mini rant for October


I had occasion to be on the Forbes business website today- someone had told me that the Quinn School of Business of UCD is one of the best in the world, and I wanted to check this out. Insofar as I can tell from the various rankings out there, it must certainly isn't- although Smurfit came in at 20th in Europe in the Financial Times list for 2006.

"Ahhhh... the smell of ambition", was the remark of an engineer friend of mine on his first visit to the Quinn School building down in Belfield. It's always been hard for me to accept that some people choose to do their degrees based on the salary they can expect in a few years time. Rather like joining Ogra Fianna Fail, it's a pretty naked admission that one is primarily motivated by power and money. So the "Thought of the Day" on the Forbes website was a welcome confirmation of my prejudices. A quote from no less a man than Napoleon Bonaparte: "The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man."

I won't call it a totally rational opinion, and I'm sure some business students do in fact have souls, but I'm confident in my own mind that the road to hell is paved with MBAs.

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