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MBA employers name world’s top 200 business schools

Full report available on TopMBA.com, Wednesday 5th December

05/12/12, London

For immediate release

A major annual report into MBA graduate employability - based on the largest survey of global employer opinion in existence- identifies London Business School, INSEAD-France and Harvard as the preferred choice of international recruiters.  

Published today at www.topmba.com, the QS Global 200 Business Schools Report provides an alternative to traditional MBA rankings by highlighting the value of MBA programs around the world according to the qualification’s end consumer: the MBA employer. 

MBA employers were asked to identify the business schools of which they prefer to recruit from. Respondents also identified business schools they deem to produce excellent hires in ten areas of elective specialization: finance; strategy; marketing; entrepreneurship; corporate social responsibility; information management; innovation; leadership, operations management, and international management.

 

Region

2012 position

Institution

Country

North America

1

Harvard

US

2

Stanford

US

3

Kellogg, Northwestern

US

Latin America

1

Tecnologico de Monterrey

Mexico

2

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Chile

3

Business School Sao Paulo

Brazil

Europe

1

INSEAD

France

2

London Business School

UK

3

IMD

Switzerland

Middle East and Africa

1

University of Cape Town

South Africa

2

American University in Cairo

Egypt

3

University of Witwatersrand

South Africa

Asia-Pacific

1

INSEAD-Singapore

Singapore

2

IIM Ahmedabad

India

3

NUS Business School

Singapore

The report points to a leading cluster of 39 ‘elite global’ business schools spread across North America (22), Europe (14) and Asia-Pacific (3). While the US total of 15 ‘elite global’ schools is unsurpassed, only Harvard boasts a comparable employer reputation to London Business School and INSEAD-France.

Graduates from top European schools are also shown to earn higher average salaries than their North American counterparts. Graduate salaries at Europe’s ‘elite global’ schools averaged US$109,300, compared to US$101,100 in North America.

However, while Europe’s schools performed well for employability and graduate salaries, when it comes to subject specializations the US schools dominate. Harvard places number one in four of the ten subjects covered, ahead of MIT-Sloan (2), INSEAD (1), Kellogg, Northwestern (1), Stanford (1) and Wharton (1).

Top business schools by specialization

Specialization

Top 3 business schools

Country

Finance

Wharton

Chicago, Booth
London Business School

US
US
UK

International management

INSEAD
Harvard
Wharton

France
US
US

Marketing

Kellogg, Northwestern
Wharton
Harvard

US
US
US

Entrepreneurship

Harvard
Stanford
Wharton

US
US
US

Operations management

MIT-Sloan
Harvard
Wharton

US
US

US

Information management

MIT-Sloan
Harvard

INSEAD

US

US

France

Strategy

Harvard
INSEAD
Wharton

US
France
US

Leadership

Harvard
Wharton
INSEAD

US
US
France

Corporate social responsibility

Harvard
Stanford
INSEAD

US
US
US

Innovation

Stanford
MIT-Sloan
Harvard

US
US

US

 

Nunzio Quacquarelli, managing director of QS says, ‘This year’s report finds record numbers of companies turning towards hiring MBAs, underlining the value of the qualification in today’s globalized economy.”

Quacquarelli continues: “This edition of the QS Global 200 Business Schools Report reveals that the graduates of Europe’s top business schools are increasingly in demand for their ability to lead and innovate in the workplace and for transferring best practice management skills to fast-growing emerging economies around the world.”

While Europe and North America dominate in terms of overall employability and salaries, candidates at Indian schools emerge as the world’s most academically qualified. Average GMAT scores at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad are the highest in the world, comfortably ahead of any of the top schools from Europe or the US.

Business schools featured in the report will be participating in a live Twitter debate discussing the results at 5pm GMT on 5th December. To follow the conversation, follow @TopMBA and the hashtag #MBAdebate. 

More information here: http://www.topmba.com/TopMBA-Live-Debates

-ENDS-

Notes for editors

QS Global 200 Business Schools Report

The research originated in the early 1990s, as an alternative to business school rankings.

The report’s objective is to enable employers to identify the business schools from which they most actively recruit, without inferring any overall ranking. At the heart of the report is the list of 200 business schools currently preferred by the most international employers for the purpose of hiring MBA graduates. This list is compiled from an annual survey of Human Resources (HR) managers and line managers with recruiting responsibilities at companies around the world.

Nunzio Quacquarelli, managing director of QS

Nunzio took his MBA at The Wharton School in the USA, where he won the Glockner Prize for Management, after gaining an MA at the University of Cambridge in the UK. At Wharton, Nunzio also led the team that won the Moot Corp Business Venture Award in 1990, in competition with teams from the top US and European business schools. Before starting his own business Nunzio worked in strategy consulting for Mercer Management Consulting and Bain & Company, in the UK and Italy.

Nunzio is responsible for the annual QS TopMBA.com Applicant and Recruiter Research, producing several reports including the annual 'QS Global 200 Business Schools: The Employers' Choice'. He is also research director for the annual QS World University Rankings(r) and is recognized as an authority on the strengths, weaknesses and specializations of business schools and universities around the world.

 

 

 

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