Nottingham MBA program soars in global rankings

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Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) has placed at number 12 in a global ranking of MBA programs, making it the second highest ranked business school in the UK.

NUBS, which is part of The University of Nottingham, was ranked at number 12 in the Better World MBA Ranking, which is the only major global ranking to evaluate graduate business programs on their integration of sustainability into their courses.

As well as placing so highly in the world, NUBS was also the second highest ranking business school in the UK.

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Professor Alistair Bruce, Dean of NUBS, 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.”

Compared to traditional MBA rankings, the Better World MBA ranking is designed to help students and corporate leaders identify solid programs that have the infrastructure to support sustainability skills and knowledge.

Learning about climate change

The rules-based ranking (which is compiled by US-based media and research company Corporate Knights), also recognises those programs which best prepare graduates to solve business problems that intersect with larger social problems, such as climate change and inequality.

The Better World MBA ranking evaluates the top 100 programs on the 2016 FT Global MBA ranking, and invites all other accredited programs to opt-in. This year, Corporate Knights evaluated 123 programs in total.

One of the findings is that most of the best MBA programs in the world for sustainability are not the same usual suspects that dominate traditional MBA rankings, which tend to be a function of salary-based metrics.

On average, the Top 40 Better World MBA Ranking offered students more than twice as much exposure to sustainability themes than the FT 100 Global MBA Ranking. It is also notable that 32 of the FT 100 MBA Ranked programs do not have a single core course focused on a sustainability topic.


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK for research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

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