Dublin Business School (DBS) is Ireland's largest independent third level college and provides a comprehensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and executive education programmes in the areas of Business, Law, Arts and Humanities. The School, which was formerly known as Accountancy and Business College, was established in 1975 to provide evening programmes for students preparing for the examinations of professional accountancy bodies. The School quickly established an excellent reputation for quality and standards and its students achieved a high level of success in the professional examinations. Based on this reputation, the School developed rapidly and by the mid-1980s was providing professional accounting, marketing and banking programmes for both full and part time students. Dublin Business School became a designated institution with the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), formally the National Council for Educational Awards, an external accrediting body of the Irish Government in 1992. The School initially offered a number of programmes leading to awards at National Certificate level. The relationship with HETAC has expanded over the years and programmes offered now include honours degrees and postgraduate programmes.
In 1999 Dublin Business School acquired LSB College and became the largest independent third level college in Ireland. The primary academic focus and strength of LSB College lay in the field of arts and humanities and the acquisition provided the basis for the development of what is now the DBS School of Arts. The School of Arts offers a range of full and part time academic programmes notably in the fields of psychology, literature, drama, media studies, counseling and psychotherapy, journalism, philosophy and psychoanalysis, cultural studies and the social sciences.
In 2003, Kaplan Inc., the education division of The Washington Post Company, acquired Dublin Business School. Kaplan is a leading provider of higher education, professional development and lifelong learning programmes with headquarters in New York City and locations throughout the U.S. and internationally.
In March 2006, DBS acquired the European Business School (EBS). EBS provides DBS with an entry into a broader European Market.
DBS facilities and services include:
- Extensive libraries
- Student cafeteria
- 5 High tech IT labs
- Wireless internet access
- Film and media labs
- Modern classrooms
Complete details about DBS can be found at www.dbs.ie. The "Student Services" section will be of particular interest to study abroad students.