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IRISH AID IDEAS SCHOLARSHIP 2014 - 15(29/10/2013)

The Embassy of Ireland is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2014 Irish Aid IDEAS Scholarships programme for postgraduate study in business, finance and other disciplines at the UCD Michael Smurfit Business School in Dublin, Ireland.


UCD Michael Smurfit Business School is Ireland’s leading business school and is one of less than sixty schools worldwide to be awarded all three major business school accreditations, AACSB (USA), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (UK). The UCD Smurfit Business School Full-Time MBA programme is currently ranked 64th in the Financial Times Global Top 100 MBA programmes and 62nd in the world’s top 100 by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The MBA programme is also ranked 18th in Europe by the Financial Times and 20th in Europe by the Economist Intelligence Unit. We are the only Irish business school to gain a place in both of the aforementioned rankings. The successful candidates of this Scholarship competition will be awarded an opportunity to study at one of the world’s leading business schools and to live in one of Europe’s most dynamic, friendly and beautiful countries. 

Scholarship awards cover: return airfare, full tuition fees, public health insurance, a stipend to cover accommodation and subsistence costs, settling-in allowance, and book and clothing allowances (where appropriate). Scholarships are for individuals for full time study of 12 months duration for MBA or Master Programme.

We particularly encourage applications from public sector, ethnic minorities, people with disability and other marginalised groups in Vietnam.


The Irish Aid Development Experience and Sharing (IDEAS) scholarship programme started in 2009 and covers postgraduate study in business administration and related subjects (finance, project management, marketing, etc.). The number of scholarships awarded has increased year on year while UCD’s alumni network based in Vietnam also continues to grow. Last year, we offered 24 full scholarships and these students are presently undertaking their chosen programme of study in Dublin.  

In 2014, the following MBA and Masters courses will be delivered by the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business, in Dublin, Ireland.  See for full programme and curriculum details.

-           Full-Time MBA

-            MSc in Business Analytics


-          MSc in Quantitative Finance

-          MSc in Finance
-          MSc iBusiness - Innovation through ICT
-          MSc in International Business
-          MSc in Management Consultancy
-          MSc in Marketing

-          MSc in Digital Marketing

-          MSc in Project Management
-          MSc in Strategic Management & Planning
-          MSc in Supply Chain Management

-          MSc in Strategic Management Accounting


The application process is in two stages: 

Step 1: Acceptance by UCD to one of the above mentioned programmes: submit on line application and participate in a Skype/telephone interview.

a.      Applications open from Monday October 7th 2013.

b.      FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 17th 2014.

Important points to note:

-     Only complete applications will be accepted (i.e. all documents must be submitted together and incomplete applications will not be accepted)

-     All applicants must have achieved the minimum score required for entry to UCD in a recognised English Language test such as TOEFL or IELTS before the final application deadline of January 17th 2014.

-       All English Language tests must be in date.

-       All MBA Applicants must have taken the GMAT exam before the final round interviews in April 2014.

-       No applications will be accepted after the final application deadline of January 17th 2014.

-       We strongly encourage applicants to apply early. Applications will be assessed in order of receipt.

Please visit UCD website for further details and to submit your on-line application:

19th February 2014:  Following the review of applications and telephone interviews, applicants will be informed by e-mail whether or not they have been accepted onto a course at the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business. Candidates will also be advised if they have been selected to move forward to the next stage of the Scholarship competition.

Step 2: Application for an Irish Aid Scholarship.

Candidates accepted onto a course in UCD are eligible to apply for an Irish Aid scholarship. Please visit the Embassy website and our alumni portal The deadline for receipt of completed Irish Aid Application is 7th March 2014.

7th – 11th April 2014: Final round interviews will be held in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Shortlisted candidates must be available to attend for interview in either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City during these dates.

Successful candidates will be notified by the Irish Embassy shortly after the final round interviews have been completed.  

Information Event:

An Information Event will be held both in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in November 2013 and candidates who have applied prior to November 2013 will be invited to attend.

Summary of Eligibility Criteria:

Vietnamese Citizen residing in Vietnam



Years of experience:

For MSc courses: Minimum of 1 year post-graduation work experience. Applicants must have completed their studies prior to January 2013.

For MBA course: Minimum 3 years post-graduation work experience in any field.

Academic qualification:

Official university degree minimum level “kha’ “. Minimum GPA score of 7.0/10 (or equivalent).

GMAT : 550/800 for MBA applications (GMAT is not required from MSc applicants)

Class contribution:

Ability to demonstrate a contribution to group work and interactive class discussions

Language proficiency:


-       For MSc courses: IELTS: 6.5 (Academic) or TOEFL ibt 90/120 (still valid upon the application’s submission). Institutional TOEFL will not be accepted.

-       For MBA course: IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL ibt 90;  


-       Be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of their home country.

-       Be able to take up the fellowship in the academic year for which it is offered.

-       Provide a letter of reference.

For Step 1: Please contact UCD:

Ro Comerford

Admissions Manager

T: 00 353 1 716 8885


For step 2: Please contact the Embassy:

Tel: +84.04.39387808 (Ms. Mai Chi); e-mail:

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