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Nottingham in global top 40 for responsible business education

The Better World MBA ranking 2016

The only major global ranking to evaluate accredited MBA programmes on their integration of sustainability into the education of future business leaders has rated Nottingham University Business School very highly in its latest edition.

Nottingham places 12th overall and 2nd in the UK in the 2016 global top 100 Better World MBA ranking. 

Dean of Nottingham University Business School, Professor Alistair Bruce, said: “We have long been recognised as one of the world's top business schools for the quality of our teaching and research in responsible and sustainable business. We take seriously our duty to educate all our students to develop a broader ethical and societal perspective on business practices and finance and we integrate these issues into the Nottingham MBA, so I am delighted that we have performed so well in this important ranking.”

Produced by media and research company, Corporate Knights, who have carried out similar assessments for many years, the 14th Better World MBA ranking concentrates on evaluating three aspects of a business school's strength with regards to sustainable business:

Students’ opportunities to get to grips with sustainability issues in an MBA programme’s core curriculum, faculty publications and expertise in the area and the number of associated research centres linked to a particular business school.

To encourage students to develop an understanding of responsible and sustainable business practices, the Nottingham MBA includes all its students in a Sustainable Decisions and Organisations course. Students take part in a series of case studies, role play, and interviews by boards of practitioners and journalists to challenge them to develop a sustainable business strategy and integrate the various core disciplines from the programme.

The Better World MBA ranking evaluates the top 100 programmes on the 2016 FT Global MBA ranking, and invites all other accredited (AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS) programmes to take part.

This year, Corporate Knights evaluated 123 programmes in total.

2016 Better World MBA Ranking (Top 40)

  1. York University - Schulich School of Business Canada
  2. MIT Sloan School of Management United States
  3. Duquesne University United States
  4. Copenhagen Business School Denmark
  5. INSEAD France
  6. McGill University - Desautels Canada
  7. Erasmus University - Rotterdam School of Management Netherlands
  8. Warwick Business School United Kingdom
  9. University of Calgary - Haskayne School of Business Canada
  10. University of Vermont - Grossman United States
  11. Saint Mary's University - Sobey School of Business Canada
  12. Nottingham University Business School UK
  13. Harvard University - Harvard Business School United States
  14. University of British Columbia - Sauder Canada
  15. Mannheim Business School Germany
  16. Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller United States
  17. University of Bath - School of Management United Kingdom
  18. Stanford Graduate School of Business United States
  19. University of Cambridge - Judge Business School United Kingdom
  20. Duke University - Fuqua School of Business United States
  21. London Business School United Kingdom
  22. Maastricht University School of Business and Economics MBA Netherlands
  23. Simon Fraser University Beedie Canada
  24. Audencia Nantes France
  25. George Washington University - School of Business United States
  26. TIAS School for Business and Society Netherlands
  27. University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School United States
  28. University of Strathclyde - Business School United Kingdom
  29. Dalhousie University Canada
  30. Macquarie Graduate School of Management Australia
  31. University of Ottawa Telfer MBA Canada
  32. University of California at Berkeley - Haas School of Business United States
  33. University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business United States
  34. University of Oxford - Saïd Business School United Kingdom
  35. Concordia University - John Molson Canada
  36. University of Navarra - IESE Business School Netherlands
  37. Guilfford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management Israel
  38. Durham University Business School United Kingdom
  39. Yale University - Yale School of Management United States
  40. EuroMBA Netherlands

About Corporate Knights

Founded in 2002, Corporate Knights is a Toronto-based media and research company focused on clean capitalism – an economic system that incorporates social, economic and ecological factors – and reports on sustainability at the intersection of business and society. As a “Magazine of the Year” winner in 2013 from the National Magazine Awards in Canada, Corporate Knights is best known for rules-based transparent rankings of corporate sustainability performance, including the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada and the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.

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Posted on Thursday 13th October 2016




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