Nottingham MBA joins global elite in Economist rankings

13 Oct 2011 16:30:00.000

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Nottingham University Business School has been ranked in the latest international league table of full-time Master of Business Administration programmes. 

In rankings just published by The Economist, Nottingham University Business School has been placed in the top 100 – against tough competition from the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. 

The School appears on the list with some of the world’s most prestigious institutions, including Dartmouth College, Harvard, Stanford and INSEAD business schools.

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The Economist 2011 Top 100 MBA ranking rates business schools against each other in terms of: 

  • Opening new career opportunities and/or furthering current career of graduates
  • Personal development
  • Increasing salary
  • Offering the potential to network

Professor Martin Binks, Dean of Nottingham University Business School, said: “We are delighted that our MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 by The Economist, given the enormous level of global competition in this ranking. We believe it reflects the quality of our general MBA as well as the specialist MBAs we offer in Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Our MBA programme can also be taken in a very flexible, part-time Executive format, which includes many delegates from major businesses and organisations across the region.”

“This ranking surveys our full-time MBAs while they are at the Business School, so it is gratifying to see the benefits of our ongoing efforts to improve the overall experience we offer our MBA students. We continue to focus on the quality of the MBA programme, which is already endorsed by our AMBA and EQUIS accreditations.”

The Economist ranking is distinctive for being the most "student-centric" of all the MBA rankings because it claims to measure the way business schools meet the demands that students have of an MBA programme.

To qualify for inclusion in The Economist ranking, the schools with full-time MBA programmes that responded to the survey had to meet various thresholds of data provision, as well as attaining a minimum number of responses to a survey gauging the opinion of current MBA students and alumni who graduated within the last three years. These were set as a proportion of the annual intake of students to the programme.

The findings are based on detailed questionnaires completed by business schools and around 20,000 current MBA students and graduates around the world.


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 The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings. It was named ‘Europe’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, a league table of the world’s most environmentally-friendly higher education institutions, which ranked Nottingham second in the world overall.


The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 40,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia.


More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnightanalysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power. The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.

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