News Details | 12-Oct-2013

NTU’s Nanyang Business School jumps 8 spots to best ever Economist MBA ranking by Singapore institution

The Nanyang MBA programme is ranked 64th in the world, fourth in Asia, first in Singapore

Nanyang Technological University’s business school has leapt eight places to be ranked 64th on The Economist’s 2013 global ranking of full-time MBA programmes. This is the highest placing ever by a Singapore business school, improving on its rank of 72nd last year. For the 10th straight year, Nanyang Business School has been ranked the best in Singapore by The Economist.

NTU’s business school is ranked fourth within Asia. Strong ratings by the Nanyang MBA programme participants for the educational experience, faculty quality and opening new career opportunities have enabled the Nanyang Business School to increase its lead in the rankings. The Economist’s ranking is one of the most robust global MBA rankings available, as its methodology takes data over a three-year period, which helps to provide a more rounded picture.

The latest Economist rankings underscore the rising international stature of Nanyang Business School and NTU. In March, faculty member Vijay Sethi was named the world’s Business Professor of the Year by the Economist Intelligence Unit, and in January, the school rose two spots on the Financial Times MBA league table to 32nd position.

NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said, "Soaring eight places in the latest Economist ranking and surpassing some established universities despite stiff competition reaffirms that NTU offers one of the best MBA programmes in the world. As Singapore's top business school, the Nanyang Business School offers a high quality education and distinctive student experience driven by top business professors who are both proven scholars and outstanding teachers. NTU is committed to both research and teaching excellence and we will continue to build on this success."

NTU’s business school moved ahead of established universities such as Boston University’s School of Management in the United States, and France's EMLYON and Grenoble Graduate School of Business.

Professor Ravi Kumar, Dean of Nanyang Business School, said, “Business success today requires much more than analytical skills, technical knowledge, and a keen eye on the bottom line. At Nanyang Business School, we strive continually to ensure our programmes nurture our students to be responsible and ethical leaders who are culturally sensitive and adept at bridging Western business models with those of the East. Our rise in the Economist rankings tells us that this is indeed what students, and employers, around the world are looking for today.”

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 41st in the world, climbing six places over the last year, and 33 places over the last three years. In this year’s Times Higher Education world rankings, NTU jumped 10 places to No. 76, building on its rocket rise of 83 places last year, and was also ranked No. 1 globally for Industry Income and Innovation.

The Nanyang MBA programme has been updated recently to a 12-month curriculum that places a sharper focus on leadership development, greater emphasis on industry application – especially in the Asian context, and deeper insights into corporate governance and social responsibility.

The first participants of the new programme enrolled in July. The class comprises 70 full-time students, and another 30 who take the course on a part-time basis. About 15% of the full-time cohort comes from Singapore, 10% from Europe, 5% 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

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. 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, NBS has been nurturing leaders for business and public service, advancing global management knowledge and practice for over 50 years. Our curriculum melds rigorous academic theory with real-world business practice, while our faculty leads global thought and research in several fields of business and finance. Our 35,000 alumni hold positions of responsibility in business, government and public service in 45 countries. At NBS, we believe that responsible leadership in business and government is crucial to securing a sustainable future for our world. Through teaching and research, we are grooming a new generation of leaders with the knowledge, skills and passion of pursuing lasting success that seeks not only economic profit but also the interests of the community and environment.

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