Jump for Business School in Economist 'student-centric' MBA rankings

Students talking in the Business School North atrium
08 Oct 2012 12:27:39.777

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) is celebrating after jumping up this year’s Economist MBA rankings.

NUBS improved its position from 94 in 2011 to 86 this year. The top 100 includes institutes from around the world and places the University’s business school as 13th in the country.

The Economist MBA rankings are ‘student-centric’ – focusing on the way business schools meet the demands that students have of an MBA programme. 
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On the right track

Dr John Colley, Director of MBA Programmes at the Business School, said: “The student response confirms that we are on the right track in providing what they require for a successful career. As everyone knows, MBAs at quality institutions are not cheap and consequently our MBA students have the right to be discerning and demanding.

“We believe that creativity and entrepreneurial thinking can be taught. Our students benefit from both our worldwide reputation for research in this area and our close links with entrepreneurs who contribute extensively to our teaching.”

The ranking considers a range of factors including the opening of career opportunities, personal development, increasing salary and the potential to network.

Entrepreneurial creativity

Dr Colley said: “Our MBA programmes specifically focus on developing entrepreneurial creativity and leadership capabilities in our students. We believe that all our students can develop their leadership potential if provided with appropriate guidance and tuition from our top leadership academics and industry practitioners.

“Clearly both our students and employers agree – as demonstrated in our improved ranking.”

Prior to working at NUBS, Dr Colley was the Group Managing Director of a FTSE 100 business and is currently non Executive Director of several businesses.

Dr Colley said: “I have a foot in both the academic and practitioner camps and am well positioned to discuss with business people what they expect of MBAs.”

The MBA at NUBS has an advisory board which consists of senior business people. It offers advice and guidance relating to what employers are looking for. There are also focus groups to identify the pressing needs of MBA students.


Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in theUnited Kingdom, China and Malaysia; according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2012, ‘Of all the British universities, Nottingham has embraced internationalism the most.’ It is also the most popular university in the UK by 2012 application numbers, and ‘the world’s greenest university’. 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.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won aQueen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2011, for its research into global food security.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…

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More informationis available from Dr John Colley, Director of MBA Programmes, Nottingham University Business School, on +44 (0)115 846 7755 or john.colley@nottingham.ac.uk.

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