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Financial Times’ Global MBA rankings reflect changes in global education

Despite a tough year in US education, several American business schools shine in the Financial Times‘ Global MBA rankings for 2019.

The top list was made up of the same schools as last year, but some positions have changed – and quite significantly, too.

Harvard Business School rose to second place, three spots up from last year’s rankings. Meanwhile, Stanford Graduate School of Business held on to top spot again this year.

The FT ranking is based on 20 criteria, with the most weight given to salary and salary increase, accounting for 40 percent of the ranking. Research, value for money, international mobility and other factors are also assessed.

Stanford came up top once more, largely due to its graduates’ huge salaries. The average this year was US$228,074, up from US$214,742 in 2018.

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) was the only university on the list that was not from the US or UK, rising to the fifth spot from the eighth last year.

CEIBS’ rise among the elites highlights the increased quality of schools in the Asia-Pacific region. Applications to such schools surged by 8.9 percent last year according to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

Other schools in the top 10 include INSEAD, Wharton, London Business School, Chicago Booth, MIT Sloan, Columbia and Berkeley Haas.

According to BusinessBecause, the shifts in positions in this year’s ranking are on par with the changes in global business education.

The fact that top UK schools remain in strong positions on the list show that the 2016 Brexit vote hasn’t damaged UK institutions, as the drop in the pound’s value made UK courses look more attractive to international students.

Plus, the UK job market has stayed strong, making it easier for local graduates to find employment, although international graduates still face issues due to tightened visa restrictions in the country.

The University of Oxford’s Said Business School jumped 14 places to 13th this year, its best ever performance in the rankings.

Also, Oxford ranked higher than its key competitor, Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, which fell three spots to 16th this year.

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