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​NTU’s Nanyang Business School ranked top in Singapore for 11th year by The Economist

Published on: 14-Oct-2014

NTU’s Nanyang MBA programme is ranked 66th in the world, fourth in Asia, first in Singapore


The Nanyang Business School at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) marks its 11th year as Singapore’s top business school, based on the 2014 global ranking of full-time MBA programmes, released by The Economist on Monday.

Coming in at 66th internationally, Nanyang Business School maintained its fourth best placing among Asian institutions for its Master in Business Administration (MBA) programme. 

Strong ratings for post-MBA salaries and opening new career opportunities were among the key strengths of Nanyang Business School’s MBA programme. It came in ahead of programmes offered by Oxford University, University of California at Davis, and France’s EMLYON Business School.

Professor Ravi Kumar, Dean of Nanyang Business School, said, “The Economist’s ranking shows that despite the intensifying competition among the world’s leading business schools, NTU continues to offer one of the best MBA programmes internationally, while maintaining its number one positon in Singapore for an impressive 11 years in a row.

“NTU has some of the world’s best business professors who are not only master teachers but also highly qualified professionals with strong experience in their fields. Besides the sterling education that they receive from these accomplished professors, our students also appreciate the value that their MBA degree brings in terms of fresh career opportunities and higher salaries.”

The Economist’s ranking is one of the most robust MBA rankings in the world, as its methodology takes in data over a three-year period, which helps to provide a more rounded picture of the school.
Dr Nilanjan Sen, Associate Dean (English Executive Programmes) at Nanyang Business School said, “The global landscape has changed much since 2004 when The Economist first ranked us as Singapore’s top business school. We are heartened to be consistently affirmed as a business school that offers one of the best MBA programmes in the world.

“Today, on top of a robust set of technical skills and knowledge, business leaders need to possess sensitivity and savvy about ethnic, national and corporate cultures, as well as integrity and authenticity in character. At Nanyang Business School, we nurture global leaders for a sustainable world.”

The Nanyang Business School’s achievement in The Economist’s rankings mirrors that of NTU’s own rapid rise in the global university league tables. In the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings announced last month, NTU is ranked 39th in the world, climbing two places from last year, and 35 positions since 2010. In this year’s Times Higher Education World University Rankings, NTU vaulted 15 places to No. 61, and maintained its No. 1 position for industry income and innovation.

The Nanyang MBA typically admits each year 70 full-time students, and another 30 who take the course on a part-time basis. About 15 per cent of the full-time cohort comes from Singapore, 10 per cent from Europe, 5 per cent from North America, and the rest from other parts of Asia.

The Nanyang MBA is taught by an international faculty, of which a significant proportion possesses extensive business experience, and consults for major global corporations.

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About Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

A research-intensive public university, NTU Singapore has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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About Nanyang Business School

Consistently ranked among the world’s premier business schools, we have been nurturing leaders for business and public service, advancing global management knowledge and practice for over 50 years. Being fully integrated into Nanyang Technological University, we draw on the strengths of one of Asia’s most comprehensive research-intensive universities to provide holistic, interdisciplinary business education. We believe that responsible leadership in business and government is crucial to securing a sustainable future for our world. Through teaching and research, we groom leaders who pursue lasting success that seeks not only economic profit, but also the interests of the community and environment.

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