t Double Yellow's Musings: NUS MBA Ranking Top Secret
The warped mind of Double Yellow craves for humor everyday. His daily dose comes from The Straits Times, The Sunday Times, Today, Channelnewsasia, etc. He also thinks that because of this preamble, this blog will never get featured in the local media. And of course, please read the Disclaimer before embarking on the journey.

Friday, February 03, 2006

NUS MBA Ranking Top Secret

The headline screamed, “NUS course on honour roll” and the subheading said, “University's MBA programme among top 100 in the world: Financial Times”.



NUS course on honour roll
University's MBA programme among top 100 in the world: Financial Times
Friday • February 3, 2006
Lin Yanqin
yanqinl@newstoday.com.sg

NUS Business School's MBA programme has just received a big boost from the Financial Times (FT), which ranked the full-time programme among the top 100 in the world. The programme was also ranked in the top five in terms of International Mobility, ranking below only Switzerland's IMD, Trinity College Dublin, France's ESCP-EAP and London Business School. The International Mobility ranking traces the employment movements of alumni after they graduate. The high ranking means that NUS' graduates are able to find employment almost anywhere in the world, and the MBA is well-recognised internationally.

NUS also ranked highly in areas such as international experience that students receive during their education, value for money, and percentage of women faculty and women students. This is the first time NUS made it into the top 100 of the FT's MBA ranking exercise, which is into its eighth year. The dean of NUS Business School, Professor Christopher Earley, is delighted by his school's latest accomplishment.

"This is an outstanding achievement, especially when one looks at the sheer quality of the field, which includes almost the entire who's who of top business education all over the world," he said.

The Financial Times MBA 2006 list is topped by University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School followed by Harvard Business School, and Stanford Graduate School of Business. The ranking is based on areas such as the alumni's career development, the diversity of each school and its programme, and each school's research capabilities. Proud of the particularly high ranking of NUS Business School for niche areas even when it was compared to the top US and European schools, Prof Earley said: "This is an affirmation of how we are constantly responding to specific market needs and interests." He added: "At the end of the day, our real competitive edge will come from not only a solid overall ranking but also from being among the very best in the world for specialised areas."

France's business school Insead, which has its Asian campus in Singapore, is ranked eighth. The other Asian universities that made it to the list are China European International Business School (21st) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School (47th). For the full Global MBA rankings 2006, visit rankings.ft.com/rankings/mba/rankings.html.


According to the article, the Asian universities that made it to the list are China European International Business School (21st) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School (47th). But no matter how many times I read the piece, I could not figure out what was the NUS’s position on the list. I think it must be top secret, that’s why they refuse to tell us :)

However, a quick visit to the Financial Times website (courtesy of the article), tells me that NUS’s ranking is… [drumroll] 92nd!! Oh, now I understand why the article left out the rank. We did not beat the Chinese and Hong Kong universities. I guess it sounds better that our MBA is among the top 100 than to say it ranks 92nd :)

Our newspaper also said that,

The [NUS MBA] programme was also ranked in the top five in terms of International Mobility, ranking below only Switzerland's IMD, Trinity College Dublin, France's ESCP-EAP and London Business School.

What it did not tell you was that France's ESCP-EAP, which was number 3 on the International Mobility scale, it was actually ranked 99th (read: below NUS) in the overall rankings!! So I’m not sure if this International Mobility thingy reflects anything meaningful at all … :)

5 Comments:

Anonymous straydog said...

hehehe, classic case of lying with statistics.

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9:18 AM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

haha straydog, i guess you have heard about the saying - "there are lies, more lies and statistics" :)

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as they say there are 3 kind of lies
lies, damned lies and statistics

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Garoid McSweeney said...

Being a Trinity College Dublin MBA student, I won't advice anyone doing an MBA from TCD. Both key courses (like Corporate Finance) & the % increase in post-MBA salaries are totally disappointing...

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