business school students in a tutorial room

Business School takes "extraordinary" leap in elite FT world rankings

11 September 2017
The University of Sydney Business School's flagship program remains at number one in Australia for the fifth successive year and has leapt into the world's top 25 in rankings published by London-based Financial Times.

In what is being seen as an “incredible reflection on the quality of its students”, the Financial Times (FT) has also ranked the Business School’s MMgt at number one in the world in the specific area of career progress made by graduates.

The School’s overall move from 44th place in 2016 to 25th this year has been described by the Dean, Professor Greg Whitwell, as “thrilling” while the Deputy Dean, Professor John Shields, said the rankings were “a superb result, particularly on the job placement and career progression front”.

“At a time when Australian universities are under challenge from international competitors, our dramatic rise in the FT rankings can be attributed to high quality education based on experiential learning and a close relationship with  our key corporate partners,” added the Acting Associate Dean (Programs), Associate Professor Rae Cooper.

The latest Financial Times global MMgt rankings come only days after the Australian Financial Review’s BOSS magazine ranked the Business School’s MBA as the nation’s number one program of its kind.

This success is seen by Professor Whitwell as a “testimony to the School’s ability to be truly world class”. Commenting further on the MMgt results, he said it was “extraordinary to have such a leap in the rankings in what is a highly competitive market”.

The FT this year ranked 95 of the world’s leading business School. Along with the University of Sydney Business School, the top 25 included Switzerland’s University of St Gallen; HEC Paris; Rotterdam School of Management; Stockholm School of Economics; University College, Dublin; City University CASS, London and St Petersburg State University.

The School has been ranked at number two in the Asian region.

university's abercrombie building where the business school is located

The CEMS Master in International Management Program, which is offered by an alliance of 30 business schools globally, including the University of Sydney Business School, was ranked by the FT this year at 9th in the world.

“Our MMgt ranking and the CEMS result are an indication of the quality of our academics who are creating programs that are noteworthy for their innovation and their capacity to build the skills employers most value and that will put students in good stead for the jobs of the future,” Professor Whitwell said.

“These results also say something about the extraordinary dedication of our professional staff who provide outstanding service and a high level of care to the wide-ranging needs of our students.”

Professor Whitwell concluded by saying that the rankings reflected “the quality and diversity of our students and the camaraderie they experience and the enthusiasm and drive they generate.”

“Finally, they are a testimony to the extraordinary talents of the School and its students and they say that we have really arrived on the world stage,” he said.

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