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Dramatic rise in ranking for Business School

14 September 2015

University of Sydney Business School jumps eight places in highly respected global rankings by the UK's Financial Times.

The Business School's flagship Master of Management (MMgt) program now stands at 39th in the world, up from 47th in 2014. It also remains in the top five in Asia and the only Australian MMgt program to appear in the FT’s prestigious ranking.

"This is absolutely brilliant news, said the Business School’s Dean, Professor Greg Whitwell. “I'm very proud.”

“The rise in our rankings is testimony to our commitment to continuous improvement and the dedication and energy of our academic and professional staff,” added Professor Whitwell who joined the School in June 2014. “To rise eight places in a world in which global competition between business schools is becoming ever more intense, is a truly remarkable achievement.”

The School’s Deputy Dean (Education), Professor John Shields, said he was “delighted that the Financial Times has again recognised the outstanding quality of our Master of Management program and its graduates”.

“The School’s educational mission is global in its reach and seeks to graduate young management professionals ready to assume socially responsible leadership roles in businesses in any part of the developed or developing world,” Professor Shields said.

Amongst other things, the FT rankings are based on salary levels achieved by graduates, their international career prospects, the gender balance within the student cohort, the program’s corporate partnerships and perceptions of “value for money”.

“Our dramatic rise in this important global ranking evidences both the quality of our MMgt program and the outstanding career progress and opportunities for our graduates,” said Associate Professor Philip Seltsikas, the Business School’s Associate Dean (Graduate Management).

“Our MMgt is designed to equip students from diverse backgrounds with the skills and capabilities required to launch management careers,” Associate Professor Seltsikas said. “It is also strongly supported by our industry partners.”

“It is the quality of our corporate connections and the way we embed these into our degree programs that truly sets us apart,” he added.

A total of 80 schools in 23 countries appear in the 2015 FT rankings.

The University of Sydney Business School is positioned in the top 40 with a range of leading institutions including HEC Paris, Essec Business School, the Rotterdam School of Management, the London Business School, Warwick Business School, the Indian Institute of Management and Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University.

The exclusive CEMS Master’s in International Management Program (MIM), which is offered by an alliance of 29 business schools around the world, moved up the FT’s ranking from fifth place in 2014 to fourth place this year.

The University of Sydney Business School is the only Australian tertiary institution accredited to offer the CEMS MIM degree program.

The Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine has, meanwhile, ranked the Business School’s Global Executive MBA (Global EMBA) the nation’s number one executive education program of its type.

Describing the BOSS ranking as “absolutely fabulous”, the Director of Executive Education and Global EMBA Program Director, Associate Professor Robin Stonecash, said the School’s Global EMBA was aimed at “turning students into self-aware leaders with the confidence and the ability to impact on society through their business or their community activities”.

The Business School’s 18 month Global EMBA consists of five, two week modules, two of which are undertaken in Australia. The others are delivered in California’s Silicon Valley, in the Indian city of Bangalore and in southern France in cooperation with local businesses.

“The FT Rankings for our MMgt and the CEMS MIM, as well as the number one BOSS ranking for our Global EMBA is clear external validation of what we already knew; the University of Sydney Business School is truly a world-class institution,” concluded Professor Whitwell.

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