AGSM @ UNSW Business School climbs 9 places in the FT list of world’s best MBA programs

Monday, 25 January 2016  Media Alerts

The Financial Times (UK) Global MBA Rankings 2016 have recognised AGSM @ UNSW Business School in their annual top 100 list for the 17th consecutive year - the most consistent performance of any Australian business school. AGSM is listed at number 66 (up from 75 in 2015) of the top 100 MBA programs worldwide and is one of three Australian business schools included in the prestigious FT Ranking. 

Director AGSM and Deputy Dean Business School, Professor Julie Cogin said: "This result is the first significant uplift we've seen in ten years and reflects the legitimacy and long-term position of AGSM as one of the top 100 business schools in the world. It also reflects the excellent performance of our alumni. While we are committed to providing an academically rigorous program in a rich learning environment, our ultimate goal is to prepare great people to achieve great things and a life-long community they are proud to be part of."

"In the last 12 months, we've taken stock and made changes to ensure global employability and mobility of our graduates. Our listing firmly in the top 100 of the FT Ranking will allow us to proceed with this strategy and, as we approach our 40th anniversary, enable us to build on the proud history of the School."

The FT Rankings have strict entry criteria and are based on a survey that consists of two parts; one that evaluates alumni salary and experience on the program (which is worth 59%), and the other, information about the school such as calibre of Faculty, strength in research and diversity of cohort. The alumni surveyed this year were the 2012 MBA cohort. For schools to be ranked, 20% of alumni must complete the survey.

INSEAD, which has campuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, overtook Harvard (2nd) and London Business School (3rd) for the first time this year to claim the top spot in the prestigious Ranking.

Professor Cogin pointed to the strong results AGSM received in the research and value for money categories reflected in this year's rankings.

"We're committed to bringing the School's high impact research to life so it is encouraging to see these results. As part of this strategy, late last year I was delighted to announce the appointment of 19 new AGSM Fellows. These are dedicated faculty based in the AGSM Building, involved in research, engagement and teaching activities in their areas of expertise across strategy, accounting and finance, leadership and management and international business."​

AGSM has consistently performed well in the "International Mobility" criteria of the FT survey. This year AGSM were ranked 20th in the world for the international experience the course offers. ​

Professor Cogin said a review of the Full-Time Program in 2015 had also ensured the continuous delivery of outstanding, relevant academic content by the very best academic staff. It was the most substantial review since the Full-Time MBA Program was first established. Outcomes included a focus on digitisation of the curriculum and a greater emphasis placed on the emerging trends of entrepreneurship and innovation.

"Our strong 2016 cohort proves AGSM continues to attract the best and brightest students in all our programs. In addition to this, our Executive Education programs are sought out by Australia's leading C-Suite executives, and our long-standing exchange partnerships with other top-ten business schools also affirm our global reputation."

For further information:

Alison Avery | Head of AGSM Brand & Communications 

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