The Financial Times recently released its Global MBA Rankings. The overall MBA rankings are generated by accessing the career progression of alumni, business schools’ idea generation, and the diversity of students and faculty. This year’s trend being highlighted in the press is the increasing excellence of European MBA programs. Traditionally, North American MBA programs hold the top spots but this year European schools have gained significant ground. Harvard still ranks number one, but the London Business School has stepped onto the Ivy League’s prestigious coattails securing the number two slot in the global ranking.
More importantly, where do GBSN member schools fall in this ranking? For years GBSN’s tag line has been “GBSN’s world-class business schools span 31 countries on 6 continents. While our members consistently appear at the top of the international rankings, it is their commitment to global responsibility and collaboration that sets them apart.” Well, the proof is in the pudding or in this case the Financial Times 2015 MBA Rankings. Six out of the top ten MBA programs were championed at GBSN member schools: 2-London Business School, 5-INSEAD, 6-Columbia Business School, 7-IESE (which also boasts the highest salary increase in Europe), 8- MIT Sloan, 9- University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Following closely behind, three more GBSN member schools secured spots in the top 20: 14- HKUST, 19- ESADE, and 20- IMD. Not only do we hold some of the highest-ranking spots, we also have climbed up the list. University of St. Gallen rose 21 places from last years ranking, the largest increase this year. SAD Bocconi School of Management moved up 5 places, putting it into the running for top 20 next year.
Rest assured knowing that GBSN does indeed deliver as promised. However, let us not lose focus in the scores and statistics. It is commitment to global responsibility and collaboration that put these schools at the top of our list. This year, in close conjunction with our member schools we will be addressing some critical issues and exploring innovative education techniques. Beyond GBSN’s summits and conferences there are countless events and opportunities around the network. It is clear that GBSN has a vibrant community engaging the great minds of our time.
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Brennon Thompson is the Communications and Event Planning Intern at the Global Business School Network