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2019 ranking: NUS, NTU, SMU remain among world’s best 50 MBAs

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Singaporean business schools – National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School, Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) Nanyang Business School, and Singapore Management University’s (SMU) Lee Kong Chian School of Business – remained among the top 50 in the 2019 Financial Times’ (FT) global MBA ranking.

The ranking which features the world’s best 100 full-time MBA programmes, placed NUS Business School in the 17th spot this year, moving up one place from 2018. Similarly, SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business climbed to 43rd place, from 49th last year. However, NTU’s Nanyang Business School slid eight places to come in at 30th this year.

Another school with a campus located in Singapore that made it to the top 50 was Insead which fell by one place to be ranked 3rd this year.

While the US and UK dominated with the most number of schools included per country – 51 and 11 respectively, FT noted that the high position achieved by Ceibs (5th) highlights the growing strength of top MBA providers in the Asia-Pacific region. The China-based school rose by three places from 2018 to break into the top five this year.

Another Asian school with notable impact is Indian Institute of Management Calcutta which shot up by 29 places – from 78th to 49th – making it the school with the biggest leap in 2019.

In total, 13 Asian schools (or schools with campuses in Asia) made it to the top 50.

Asian schools in the top 50 this year are:

2019 ranking: 3rd
2018 ranking: 2nd
Country: France / Singapore
Weighted salary: US$179,661
Salary increase after graduating: 104%

2019 ranking: 5th
2018 ranking: 8th
Country: China
Weighted salary: US$174,115
Salary increase after graduating: 183%

National University of Singapore Business School
2019 ranking: 17th
2018 ranking: 18th
Country: Singapore
Weighted salary: US$153,216
Salary increase after graduating: 131%

HKUST Business School
2019 ranking: 18th
2018 ranking: 14th
Country: China (Hong Kong)
Weighted salary: US$156,202
Salary increase after graduating: 108%

Indian School of Business
2019 ranking: 24th
2018 ranking: 28th
Country: India
Weighted salary: US$156,122
Salary increase after graduating: 187%

Nanyang Business School, NTU Singapore
2019 ranking: 30th
2018 ranking: 22nd
Country: Singapore
Weighted salary: US$134,036
Salary increase after graduating: 126%

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
2019 ranking: 33th
2018 ranking: 35th
Country: India
Weighted salary: US$178,774
Salary increase after graduating: 124%

Fudan University School of Management
2019 ranking: 34th
2018 ranking: 42nd
Country: China
Weighted salary: US$110,062
Salary increase after graduating: 195%

University of Hong Kong
2019 ranking: 41st
2018 ranking: 33rd
Country: China (Hong Kong)
Weighted salary: US$131,386
Salary increase after graduating: 116%

Sungkyunkwan University GSB
2019 ranking: 42nd
2018 ranking: 51st
Country: South Korea
Weighted salary: US$131,166
Salary increase after graduating: 100%

Singapore Management University: Lee Kong Chian School of Business 
2019 ranking: 43rd
2018 ranking: 49th
Country: Singapore
Weighted salary: US$118,415
Salary increase after graduating: 133%

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
2019 ranking: 47th
2018 ranking: 31st
Country: India
Weighted salary: US$186,170
Salary increase after graduating: 100%

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
2019 ranking: 49th
2018 ranking: 78th
Country: India
Weighted salary: US$158,138
Salary increase after graduating: 139%

The 2019 ranking is based on 20 different criteria with alumni responses informing eight criteria that together contribute 61% of its weight. Eleven criteria are calculated from school data, accounting for 29% of the ranking. The remaining criterion, the research rank, counts for 10%. Alumni-informed criteria are based on data collected over three years.

For schools to enter the ranking calculations, the FT requires that a minimum of 20% of alumni reply to the survey, with at least 20 fully completed responses.

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