Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2018: Stanford Gets Top Spot, ISB, IIM Ahmedabad slips
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Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2018: Stanford Gets Top Spot, ISB, IIM Ahmedabad slips

Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2018 are out and two year MBA programmes are top on the list with 9 Schools in top 10 Global MBA rankings with Stanford holding the top position. Insead’s One Year MBA programme top the list in past 2 years falls to second in latest Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2018.

Indian Management institutes have managed to keep their spots, but just. The top Indian management school, Indian School of Business, even though ranked above IIMs,  is at same ranking as last year, 2017 Global MBA ranking. Other than ISB, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA)IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta were the top schools from India finding a mention in the best 100 MBA programmes worldwide.

IIM Ahmedabad, the most famous and also the top-ranked management school in India as per NIRF rankings 2017 has slipped to the 31st position from last year’s 29. In FT Global ranking 2017, IIMA slipped 5 positions from its previous ranking.

The top three slots in Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2018 have been picked by Stanford Graduate Business School, US, INSEAD, Paris/ Singapore and Wharton Business School, US, respectively. However, the top 10 ranks, are dominated by US Universities with only three slots occupied by the non-US universities, INSEAD of Paris/Singapore is at number 2, London Business School is at 4 and CEIBS of China has made a mark at rank 8. Overall, a majority of two-year MBA programmes rise or maintain position in this year ranking (31 up and 21 down) while their one-year MBA rivals lose places (14 up and 21 down).

As for the Indian varsities, it is not a bad slip. The other Indian B-schools in the list of top 100, offsetting the minor slips at the top have seen a massive jump in the rankings. IIM Bangalore’s one-year full-time Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (EPGP) has also shown a rise and jumped to 35th rank from its last year’s 49th position.  IIM Bangalore has shot up 14 spots in the latest FT Global MBA ranking. IIM Calcutta has taken a large jump from last year’s 95th position to impressive 78th rank in the latest rankings.

Professor Sourav Mukherji, Dean of Academic Programmes at IIMB, said: “We have constantly tried to improve the learning experience of students in the programme even while keeping an eye on their career aspirations. We have strengthened our career development services to specifically understand how our students can realize their professional goals. We are glad that all these are showing a positive impact on the rankings, but we are acutely aware that there is a lot of room for improvement”.

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) from Shanghai is the top-ranked B-School from Asia with a rank of 8—up from 11 in 2017. A record 15 Asian schools are ranked in 2018.

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List of Top 35 B-School according to FT Global MBA Ranking 2018

Rank in 2018

3 Years Ranking School Name Country


3 Stanford Graduate School of Business US



3 University of Pennsylvania: Wharton US
4 4 London Business School



4 Harvard Business School US
6 8 University of Chicago: Booth



7 Columbia Business School US


12 Ceibs


9 10 MIT: Sloan



10 University of California at Berkeley: Haas US
11 12 Iese Business School



12 Northwestern University: Kellogg US
13 9 University of Cambridge: Judge



14 HKUST Business School China
15 16 Yale School of Management



19 Dartmouth College: Tuck US
17 25 Cornell University: Johnson



25 National University of Singapore Business School Singapore
19 21 Duke University: Fuqua



20 Esade Business School Spain
21 19 HEC Paris



25 Nanyang Business School Singapore
23 20 New York University: Stern



19 IMD Switzerland
25 30 UCLA: Anderson



23 University of Michigan: Ross US
27 29 University of Oxford: Saïd



28 Indian School of Business India
29 25 SDA Bocconi



38 Georgetown University: McDonough US
31 28 Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad



31 University of Virginia: Darden US
33 39 University of Hong Kong



36 Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Antai China
35 49 Indian Institute of Management Bangalore


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Prestigious B-Schools are losing their ground in the rankings. Harvard Business School, London Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management all top names in management education were encroached by competitors. This is the second time in ten years that Harvard is outside of the top-three, fell to the fifth position in the latest ranking,  its lowest rank since 2008. The top Business schools saw a sharp rise in their mean salaries, with the salaries of Stanford jumping up to about 164 percent from the previous year.

The FT’s Global MBA ranking 2018 is based on surveys of business schools and their graduates of 2014. MBA programs are assessed according to the career progression of their alumni, the school’s idea generation and the diversity of students and faculty. Factors like weighted salary, the percentage of aims achieved and placement record have also been taken into consideration while deciding the rank.

While Chinese MBA Institutes continue to rise in the global rankings, Indian varsities are failing the mark. One of the biggest let downs for the Indian b-schools continues to be lack of foreign students and limited diversity in the campuses. With initiatives being taken by the government and IIMs, we can hope to improve on these parameters in the future and have better rankings in coming years.

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