Four Australian EMBAs Make Top 100 In latest QS 2020 Rankings

The University of Wollongong’s Sydney Business School has made its debut in the top 100 Executive MBA programs in the world.

Four Australian universities have secured a spot in the top 100 in the latest ranking of Executive MBA (EMBA) programs from around the world.

Melbourne Business School (down to 34th from 31st in 2019), AGSM @ UNSW (down to 41st from 40th in 2019), RMIT University (up to equal 69th from equal 95th in 2019) and University of Wollongong’s Sydney Business School (debut at 94th) compared all performed well latest in the global QS 2020 EMBA Rankings published recently.

This year 161 Executive MBA programs entered (up from 156 global Executive MBA programs last year and 143 in 2018) and 141 EMBA programs were selected for the rankings.

Melbourne Business School is also celebrating recognition as Australia’s top EMBA in a new ranking by The Economist magazine, rising from 54 to 41 globally.

Melbourne Business School Academic Director of the Executive MBA and Senior Executive MBA Vivek Chaudhri congratulated the current cohort for its adaptability and perseverance during the pandemic.

“Outstanding faculty, staff and alumni are all crucial elements of our programs and School, but it is the exceptional cohort of students that we are able to bring together that sets MBS apart from other business schools in the region,” he said.

“The ranking success, while never an objective, is a nice byproduct of the many things that make our EMBA a world-class degree.”

AGSM ranked 41st out of the global field and together with MBS was ranked in the top 10 in Asia Pacific.

The QS Global EMBA Rankings consider five performance indicators, including Employer Reputation, Academic Reputation, Career Outcomes, Executive Profile and Diversity.

AGSM again performed well in Diversity (22nd globally), Thought Leadership and Career Outcomes categories.

Executive MBA programs bring together seasoned professionals from a variety of industries, functions, and world regions. The degree integrates students with a melting pot of experiences and perspectives that support the advanced curriculum.

“Diversity is an important indicator for Executive MBA programs,” said Maurizio Floris, AGSM Part-Time MBA Programs Director. “We look for diversity of experience and thought, as peer interaction and the opportunity to study alongside a cohort of people from different industries and life-experiences is one of the most valuable components of any part-time MBA program,” he said.

AGSM received an overall score 79.6 out of 100 for Diversity, amongst the top 15.6% globally and the top 28.6% in Asia Pacific for this indicator group. AGSM also performed strongly in Thought Leadership Academic (73.5) and Career Outcomes (67.4).

AGSM witnessed a spike in enrolments in part-time MBA programs for Term 2, 2020 with pre-census enrolments in the EMBA up 30% and the fully online MBAX up 115% on last year’s enrolments.

The global top ten list for 2020 was:

  1. Penn (Wharton)
  2. IESE Business School
  3. HEC Paris
  4. MIT (Sloan)
  5. London Business School
  6. Chicago (Booth)
  8. Oxford (Said)
  9. UCLA (Anderson)
  10. Berkeley (Haas)

Ben Ready
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