News Details | 15-Oct-2011

The Economist ranks MBA Programme at NTU’s Nanyang Business School top in Singapore for the 8th year running

The Nanyang MBA is once again in Asia’s Top 3, with a global ranking of 69

For the eighth consecutive year, the Economist has assessed the MBA programme at Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as Singapore’s top MBA programme.
The school maintained its 69th position on the news magazine’s latest global ranking of full-time Master in Business Administration (MBA) programmes.  Strong ratings for education experience and opening of new career opportunities have helped Nanyang Business School maintain its lead. This makes it one of the top three in Asia, excluding Australasia.  The MBA programme at University of Hong Kong is Asia’s top at No. 36, and Hong Kong University for Science and Technology emerged second at No. 62.
“NTU's MBA programme is consistently recognised as one of the world’s best. We were the first Singapore business school to make it on The Economist’s top 100 MBA listing in 2004, and our MBA programme continues to be the top ranked in Singapore,” said NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson.
Robust theoretical rigour intertwined with strong industry relevance form the foundation of Nanyang Business School’s rising international reputation among academics, corporations and students. This has opened the door to greater research funding and collaborations as well as a steady increase in the quality and diversity of its students and faculty. Indeed, several major international corporations, such as Germany’s Bayer Group, regularly sponsor their high-flying employees for the Nanyang MBA programme.
Professor Gillian Yeo, Interim Dean of Nanyang Business School, said, “The international diversity of our students and faculty provides for rich opportunities to learn and experience the joys and challenges of working and managing across different cultures and nationalities. In today’s globalised world, leaders in business and beyond invariably require an international perspective as their responsibilities transcend geographical borders.”
Nanyang Business School admits about 80 students to its full-time MBA programme every year, and another 40 who take the course on a part-time basis. About 20% of the full-time cohort comes from Europe, 5 to 10% from North America, and the rest, from Singapore and different parts of Asia. The programme is taught by an international faculty, of which a significant proportion has had extensive business experience, and continues to consult for major global corporations.
The Economist’s MBA rankings are compiled by surveying students, some 250,000 over the years, about why they decided to take an MBA. Results have been published for the past 20 years in the magazine’s “Which MBA?” guide. Its ranking weights data according to what students say is important. The four categories covered are: opening new career opportunities (35%); personal development/educational experience (35%); increasing salary (20%); and the potential to network (10%). The figures collated are a mixture of hard data, such as salary and faculty qualifications, and subjective marks given by the school’s students, such as a rating of their school’s facilities. [1]
Footnote 1:  Information about the methodology of The Economist’s international MBA rankings is taken from “Which MBA? The Top Thirty”, published on The Economist’s website as of 14 October 2011.

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About Nanyang Business School
The Nanyang Business School (NBS) seeks to nurture leaders who understand and pursue the simultaneous advance of business, environmental and societal interests – to secure a sustainable future for our world.
As one of Asia's leading business schools, NBS offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programmes in accountancy, business, and management that meld rigorous academic theory with real-world business practice.
Located on an expansive campus, filled with lush greenery, NBS provides an outstanding learning environment, with state-of-the-art facilities and world-class research centres.
NBS is the first business school in Singapore, and the third in Asia, to be accredited by both the European Quality Improvement System and Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). It is also one of only nine business schools outside of the United States to be accredited with the AACSB in Accounting. These are the most widely recognised European and American quality assurance standards relating to the provision of accounting and business education. 
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About Nanyang Technological University
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences.  In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to four 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) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).
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 is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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