UQBS MBA jumps to 14th in The Economist rankings

UQ Business School MBA Director Sarah Kelly
UQ Business School MBA Director Sarah Kelly

Three Australian full time MBA courses have secured a place on The Economist’s Top 100 ranking for 2013, with the University of Queensland  surging up the list to 14th.

The University of Queensland Business School (UQBS) MBA leapt from 27th last year and 46th in 2011, and has been recognised as the top MBA provider outside Europe and North America for the second year running. UQBS was the only entity in the Asia-Pacific in the global top 15

The Melbourne Business School (27th) and the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (55th) rounded out Australia’s representation on the list. The Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago headed the global list

UQ Business School Dean Professor Andrew Griffiths said The Economist ranking of full-time MBA programs was regarded as one of the most influential and authoritative in the world.

These annual rankings gauge the feedback of students who graduated within the past three years, taking into consideration such measures as graduate outcomes and perceptions of their experience throughout the MBA program.

The MBA outcome follows a string of improved results for UQ in four major global university rankings, which uniformly place the University in the world’s top 100 for overall performance.

Professor Griffiths said The Economist’s ranking consolidated UQ Business School’s position as the leading business education provider, having also been ranked number one in Australia in the 2013 Australian Financial Review BOSS MBA survey.

“The MBA’s outstanding performance in this year’s rankings reflects the School’s solid commitment to teaching excellence, the great level of engagement with alumni, our ability to attract high calibre students across multiple industries, and the strong partnerships with our industry stakeholders,” he said.

“This success is due to the hard work of so many people, and places UQ Business School on the international stage alongside some of the world’s elite,” Professor Griffiths said.

MBA Director Dr Sarah Kelly said the result reflected the School’s focus on continuous improvement and delivery of a quality, innovative program that produced outstanding business leaders with integrity.

“What sets our MBA apart is that the program is designed to build upon classroom learning through unique field experiences, including industry consulting, work with the non-profit sector and international immersions,” she said.

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