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Dublin Business School

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Dublin Business School
Former names
Accounting and Business College
Students9,000[citation needed]
Aungier St
Dublin 2
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AffiliationsHETAC, HECA, Liverpool John Moores University

Dublin Business School (DBS), incorporating Portobello College, is one of the two largest independent colleges in Ireland[citation needed]. With over 9,000 students, DBS provides a range of full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with courses in subject areas such as business, law, accounting, event management, IT, arts, media studies and psychology. The college's undergraduate and part-time degrees are recognised by QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland). The college is owned by Kaplan, Inc., part of the Graham Holdings Company.


DBS was founded in 1975 as Accountancy and Business College.[1] In 1999 Dublin Business School acquired LSB College Dublin.[2]

In 2003, DBS was taken over by Kaplan, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Washington Post Company, and by 2004, it had around 5,500 students.[1][3]

In 2006, DBS bought European Business School Dublin (EBS), a collective of eight independent business schools located throughout Europe.[4][5]

Portobello College, a well-established law school led by Raymond Kearns, was taken over by DBS in 2007. It allowed DBS to incorporate a law school offering both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to its students.[6]

Notable alumni

Paul Connolly an international singer/songwriter coming to fame when he composed the FIFA World Cup 2010 Anthem.

Irish personality and Q102 radio presenter Ray Shah attended the school in the graduate year of 2003, just before he auditioned for Big Brother 4. During the years 2004 - 2010 Dublin Business School was renowned for its vibrant student social life and student events.[citation needed]


The Dublin Business School has six locations around Dublin. Its main campus is located in Aungier Street, and other locations include Balfe Street, Dame Street and South Great George's Street.

Partnership with Lidl

The German chain of supermarkets made an agreement with the Dublin Business School to create a degree oriented to the retail industry.[7]


  1. ^ a b DBS buys other business college, Irish Independent, 28 March 2006
  2. ^ DBS a short history
  3. ^ Oliver, Emmet. "Kaplan means business in Dublin". The Irish Times. Retrieved 30 April 2004.
  4. ^ Dublin Business School buys European college By Ian Guider Archived 7 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine Irish Examiner Tuesday, 28 March 2006
  5. ^ DBS History Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Course listing
  7. ^ In for the long haul, Irish Times, 8 August 2008

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