About us

IOB is a professional network of 33,200 members who work in banking and the international financial services sector. IOB is a recognised college of University College Dublin (UCD) and is a centre of excellence in the provision of specialist education to the financial services sector. A total of 6,900 people studied with IOB in the 2022/2023 academic year and we have the largest continuing professional development community in Ireland with over 23,000 registered members committed to lifelong learning. IOB has 30 corporate members, including many of Ireland's leading banking, funds and financial services organisations. IOB was founded in 1898 and is one of the oldest banking institutes in the world. The focus of the new Institute was on education. Its first goal was “to enable its members to acquire a knowledge of the theory and practice of banking, and to promote the consideration and discussion of matters of interest to the profession”. We are proud to continue this tradition as a not‐for‐profit organisation providing education for public benefit. Read more about IOB, our Council (IOB’s Board of Directors), our Committees and our Governance processes at https://iob.ie/info/governance.

Our Mission & Purpose
Educate, enable and empower a community of professionals to achieve their full potential in delivering financial services to the highest standards with better outcomes for their customers, clients and for society

IOB 2030 – A Sustainable Future

Our strategic plan

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Our Values

Learner & Member Focused

We are learner and member focused. We are empathetic and supportive and act in the best interests of our learners and members.


We work together across our teams and in partnership with our stakeholders to drive new thinking and excellence for the benefit of our learners and members.

People, Diversity & Inclusion

We respect and value our people, learners, members and stakeholders. We are committed to diversity and inclusion and embrace the uniqueness of each individual and the value they bring.


We challenge ourselves everyday to be the best, are ambitious and innovative in the pursuit of excellence with a positive attitude.

Accountability & Integrity

We are accountable for our actions. We are open and honest, acting at all times with integrity.