NUS overtakes NTU in MBA rankings

SINGAPORE - The National University of Singapore's (NUS) business school has climbed four spots in a yearly ranking of Master of Business Administration (MBA) programmes to overtake Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which slid six places.

NUS Business School ranked 32nd in the Financial Times Top 100 Global MBA Rankings, while NTU's Nanyang Business School took 38th spot.

The rankings are based on surveys of the schools and of their alumni three years after graduation. They factor in the alumni's career progression, the school's idea generation and the diversity of the students and faculty.

NUS Business School did particularly well in categories measuring the global exposure of its students, the school said in a statement on Monday.

Its MBA programme ranked 10th for international mobility, which is based on the geographical diversity of a student's job pre- and post-graduation.

The programme also placed 19th for international course experience, including exchanges, research, study tours and internships in countries other than where the school is based.

Nanyang Business School's MBA programme was ranked 12th in terms of value for money, putting it ahead of the world's top five business schools, the school said.

The FT data showed that graduates from the NUS programme earned an average of US$91,358 (S$116,800) a year, 11/2 times higher than their pre-MBA salaries. Nanyang Business School's MBA graduates fared better, earning US$96,202 on average - about twice their pre-MBA pay.

This was slightly more than half of the US$178,300 pay of graduates from FT's top-ranked MBA programme, at Harvard Business School.

The Stanford Graduate School of Business took second spot, followed by London Business School and the Wharton school at the University of Pennsylvania. Columbia Business School and Insead, which has a campus here, ranked joint fifth.

fiochan@sph.com.sg


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