QS Global 200 Business Schools Report
Nunzio Quacquarelli, MA Cambridge, MBA Wharton Danny Byrne, BA Oxford, MA University College London
The QS Global 200 Business Schools Report originated in the early 1990s as an alternative to business school rankings. The ratings provide a detailed overview of the most popular business schools around the world, based on details provided to QS by over 3,300 employers who actively recruit MBA graduates. Without inferring any overall rankings, QS’ objective is to provide a resource to help prospective MBA students identify the business schools from which employers most actively recruit. The research is intended to be of use to MBA employers, prospective MBA students and institutions worldwide that are interested in international business education and recruitment trends. At the heart of the report is the definitive list of 200 business schools from which employers prefer to recruit MBAs. This list is compiled from an annual survey of human resources (HR) managers and line managers with recruiting responsibilities at companies around the world. Each year, employers recommend new schools to be added to the list. This is then sent to other recruiters to rate.
Harvard, INSEAD and London Business School clearly established as the world’s three leading schools in terms of employer reputation. •
Report highlights four distinct categories of business school in terms of employer recognition: Elite Global; Emerging Global; Elite Regional; Emerging Regional •
Of the 39 leading institutions to make the Elite Global category, 15 are from the US. The other nations with Elite Global business schools are Canada (7), UK (3), Spain (3), France (2), Singapore (2), Germany (1), Switzerland (1), Italy (1), Ireland (1), Denmark (1) and India (1) •
Australia has no Elite Global business schools, despite having third-highest number of global top-100 universities in the QS World University Rankings. UK has just three, despite having four of the top ten universities in the world •
Indian MBA candidates are the world’s most academically distinguished. Students at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (780) and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (767) have the highest average GMAT scores in the world, well ahead of the leading US institution Stanford (730), and INSEAD in Europe (704)
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MBAs from Elite Global schools in Europe earn higher average salaries than those from any other region. However, the school with the highest average graduate salary* is Australia’s Macquarie University (US$144,000), ahead of the UK’s Warwick Business School (US$137,000). The leading US school is Stanford University Graduate School of Business (US$127,000) •
Schools ranked for employer reputation in ten subject specializations. Harvard tops the table in three subjects, ahead of Stanford and MIT with two apiece. Wharton is number one for finance •
Three Asian schools make the Elite Global category: INSEAD Singapore, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and NUS Business School, National University of Singapore •
No Elite Global schools in either Africa & Middle East, or Latin America •
The top schools in Africa & Middle East for employer reputation are University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business, American University in Cairo, and University of Witwatersrand •
Top Latin American schools are EGADE-Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Business School Sao Paulo
Business school categories
This year’s report divides the world’s top 200 business schools into four categories, based on their level of international employer recognition.
*The salary figures reported in this research refer to the 2011 graduating MBA class
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