NUS Business School MBA ranked in top 20 in Financial Times Global MBA rankings

The NUS MBA programme jumps eight places to rank 18th globally

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme is ranked 18th in the Financial Times (FT) Global MBA rankings for 2018, breaking into the top 20, up eight places from a year earlier, and continues its rise since it first participated in 2006.

The annual rankings are based on data compiled from two main sources: surveys conducted with alumni who graduated three years ago, and data provided by business schools. Several criteria are used to assess and rank MBA programmes globally, including career progress of alumni, post-graduation salary increases, professional aims achieved, school diversity through international faculty and students, and idea generation through research.                                                        

Salaries and salary increases are the most heavily-weighted ranking criteria for the FT rankings and were key areas where the NUS MBA performed strongly. The alumni surveyed commanded a weighted average annual salary of US$143,917 three years after graduation, with a post-graduation salary increase of 134 per cent.

The programme also performed strongly in student aims achieved, career progress and international course experience, for which it was ranked 10th globally.

The NUS MBA programme has been grooming future global leaders since it was launched in 1982. In 2017, it took in 101 full-time, 46 part-time and 19 double-degree programme students from 22 countries.

Professor Jochen Wirtz, Vice Dean of Graduate Studies at NUS Business School, said, “The NUS MBA is one of the top MBA programmes in Asia which prepares graduates for global careers. We are proud to deliver an MBA programme with strong experiential and transformational education components. These include management communications, consulting projects with globally leading firms, and opportunities to take part in international case competitions. In addition, we offer exchange partnerships with more than 60 top universities, regional internships and opportunities for honing leadership and entrepreneurship skills with academic faculty and industry practitioners alike. These, together with our rigorous curriculum, are highly valued by recruiters as is reflected in the FT rankings by our strong showing in post-graduation salary increases and career progression. “

Dean Bernard Yeung commented, “I am grateful that our students find our programme fulfilling.  Rankings are a useful guide for the review and improvement of our programmes. Our focus remains on continually refining and innovating our programmes to further improve the quality of student learning and overall experience at the NUS Business School.”

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