AGSM @ UNSW Business School was ranked 4th in the world for its online MBA program, ‘MBAX’, by The Financial Times (UK) Online MBA Rankings 2017.
AGSM’s MBAX jumped four places on the ladder since last year, and was the only online MBA delivered by an Australian university to feature in the annual list.
UNSW Business School Dean and AGSM Director Professor Julie Cogin said the MABX program entered the Financial Times rankings for the first time in 2016, and it’s current rank reflected the strength of AGSM’s digital strategy and investment in educational technologies.
“We have a strong digital heritage and are continually building on our online course content, making it easily accessible through various educational technologies,” Ms Cogin said.
“Being placed 4th in the world reflects the world-class online learning environment we have been delivering for more than 20 years.
AGSM has performed strongly in other rankings, including the FT (UK) Global MBA Rankings 2017, where AGSM was ranked 54th among the top 100 MBA programs worldwide (up 12 places from 2016, and 21 since 2015).
QS also recently listed AGSM among it’s “global elite”, placing it among the top 45 business schools.
“Our recent ranking results and strong uplift over the last few years cements our place among the world’s best business schools,” Ms Cogin said.
“The AGSM has a distinguished history and as we celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2017, our community of alumni, students and faculty can be proud that we continue our commitment to preparing great people to achieve great things, while providing a content-rich, technologically enabled learning environment.
“Having the prestigious Financial Times recognise the value of our students’ investment in our Online MBA is very rewarding and affirms our global reputation,” she said.
Despite the ranking, UNSW have not rested on their laurels, instead continuing to explore ways to deliver a better online product.
“We are now taking the quality online learning experience further with our digital strategy that will provide state-of-the-art services such as a new digital campus platform, which will be launching soon,” Ms Cogin said.
“Our vision is to maximise educational outcomes for our MBA candidates and create an environment where all members of our community can connect.
“This means that whatever your study mode – online, face to face or a blend of the two – you can digitally connect into the AGSM ecosystem to accelerate your learning by connecting with other candidates or alumni located across the globe.”
The FT Rankings have strict entry criteria and are based on two online surveys — the first completed by schools and the second by alumni.
The alumni surveyed this year were the 2014 MBT cohort, a program that was revised and renamed to MBAX in 2015.