Posted on February 6, 2017

Financial Times Global Rankings – 2017

Financial times published its Business schools rankings recently. This year’s global ranking saw European business schools perform much better than US B schools by claiming 5 out of 10 spots in the top 10 global schools.

FT’s ranking is based on surveys of business schools and their 2013 graduates. MBA programs are assessed according to the career progression of their alumni, the school’s idea generation, and the diversity of students and faculty.

Here are the key highlights:

  • INSEAD took first place for the second year in a row. INSEAD receives high marks for its strong international culture and extensive and diverse alumni; about 95% of its faculty and students are international.
  • Stanford claimed 2nd position, while Wharton and Harvard have taken 3rd and 4th ranks respectively. For the first time in nine years, Harvard Business School did not get place in the top-three.
  • The all-time favorite London Business School lost its place in top 3, while MIT Sloan School of Management fell out of  top 10.
  • Judge has surprised everyone by climbing up from 10th to 5th rank. According to FT, the program is top for value for money and has the lowest tuition fees among the top 15 schools.

Conrad Chua, head of MBA recruitment and admissions at Judge Business School explained in the Admission blog - “A lot of that improvement came through the weighted salary, salary increase, value for money components and also our faculty research rank.” However, he advised applicants not to allow a school’s ranking reduce MBA experience.” It is impossible to reduce an MBA experience in whatever school to just a number. Don’t ignore the rankings but make your own judgement of a school from speaking to its staff, its alums and students and make your own decision whether that is the right school for you.”

The Top Ten in FT’s 2017 Global MBA Ranking

  2. Stanford Graduate School of Business
  3. University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
  4. Harvard Business School
  5. Cambridge University Judge Business School
  6. London Business School
  7. Columbia Business School
  8. IE Business School
  9. Chicago Booth School of Business
  10. IESE Business School

For All 2017 Rankings, click here.

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