FT ranking confirms University of Sydney Business School as global leader in management education

16 September 2013

The University of Sydney Business School's position as a world-class centre for management education has been confirmed in the latest global rankings published by the highly respected London based newspaper, the Financial Times (FT).

The Business School's Master of Management program was ranked in the top five in Asia and in the top 50 in the world. As the only Australian Master of Management to appear in the FT's internationally recognised rankings, it is now the nation's premier program of its type.
The FT ranking comes only days after the Australian Financial Review's BOSS Magazine's biennial assessment of management programs ranked the Business School's Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) the best program of its kind in the nation.

"The AFR and the Financial Times' rankings establish the University of Sydney Business School amongst the world's best in the field of management and executive education," said the University's Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence.

"We are proud of this local and international recognition for our programs which provide an outstanding learning experience for current and future business leaders and help them to achieve their business goals both here and abroad," Dr Spence said.

Co-Dean Professor Tyrone Carlin said that the FT and BOSS rankings validated the University of Sydney Business School's "well-defined strategy" to join the world's leading Business Schools.

"Our strategy is focused on high-quality infrastructure, a high-quality curriculum underpinned by experiential learning and a high-quality cohort of students admitted to our courses," Professor Carlin said. "We can take considerable pride in this ranking, which provides independent validation of our strategy."

Also appearing in the FT's top 50 ranking were HEC Paris; Rotterdam School of Management; Imperial College Business School; London School of Economics and Political Science; Stockholm School of Economics; University of Strathclyde Business School; Aston Business School; Copenhagen Business School; Maastricht University School of Business and Economics; Manchester Business School and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Welcoming the result, Postgraduate Program Co-ordinator Dr Kristine Dery said the Business School's Master of Management program was designed to equip students, who have completed a degree in any field, with skills that will significantly improve their employment prospects by ensuring that they are industry and job ready.

"As with other Business School courses, the Master of Management is built on experiential learning in a real-world environment and is delivered in association with multinational corporations including our industry partner Deloitte," Dr Dery said.

"Our program is focused in both personal and professional development," added Co-Dean Professor David Grant. "Importantly, it is also heavily oriented towards industry with students engaged with the corporate world in the classroom and through industry placements."

"Students who complete a Master of Management at the University of Sydney Business School are globally aware, have outstanding leadership skills, are creative thinkers and have a strong sense of their social responsibility," Professor Grant said.

The Business School's FT rank of 49th in the world served to reinforce AFR BOSS Magazine's number one ranking for the University of Sydney Business School's EMBA course.

BOSS said that it had declared the Business School's EMBA Program Australia's best because it provides "in-depth experience" to its student cohort.

Describing the EMBA as "revolutionary", the Business School's Associate Dean (Management Education), Professor Richard Hall said the aim had been to develop a program that was "genuinely global, thoroughly experiential and one that was profoundly personal in its impact".

"We are delighted that this vision has become a reality and resonates so strongly with participants and with business," Professor Hall said.

"We know that this program makes a massive difference to the personal and professional development of our students," he said. "We know that they graduate with new skills, greater confidence and a capacity to deliver outstanding results on the global stage."

Professor Carlin concluded by saying that while the EMBA and the Master of Management as well as the new MBA program sit at the apex of the curriculum, they also have a profound impact on the entire Business School. "What we have learnt, particularly through our focus on experiential learning and our engagement with business has brought enormous benefits to all of our programs," he said.

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