Top Ten MBA Universities in the World – Financial Times

1. Stanford Graduate School of Business (US) tops the Financial Times’ 2012 list. Like the other US institutions in the FT’s top ten, its international community is smaller than may be seen elsewhere: 41% of MBA students are from outside the US. Its employment rate is 92% and salaries after graduation are inflated by an average 115%.

2. Harvard Business School (US) is number two on the FT’s list, and since it is an Ivy League school its MBA statistics are predictably impressive: salary increases of 116% for graduates and 90% employment rates after graduation are the averages. Like Pennsylvania, 34% of its students are from overseas.

3. University of Pennsylvania: Wharton (US) drops to third after coming top last year. Graduates of its MBA programme see an average salary increase of 123%, and 84% are in employment three months post graduation. The course’s international community is smaller – 34% of students are from outside the US.

4. London Business School (UK) is the top-rated UK institutions. Predictably, its statistics speak for themselves: 91% its alumni are in employment three months after graduating, and on average they can expect their salaries to increase by a whopping 132%. If an international experience is what you’re looking for you might be interested to know that 92% of its MBA students are from overseas.

5. Columbia Business School (US) is the second Ivy League institution to make it into the FT’s top ten. Graduates see their salaries increase by an average of 117%, and 90% are in employment three months after graduation. 46% of Columbia’s MBA students are international.

6. INSEAD (France, Singapore) is also highly respected in the international business community. 92% of its MBA students are international, 82% are in employment three months after graduation - and their salaries on average rise by 108%. Campuses in both Europe and South East Asia contribute to the international feel.  

7. MIT: Sloan (US) comes seventh according to the FT’s rankings. 51% of its MBA students are from overseas, 89% of them are in employment three months after graduation, and they can expect post-graduation salary increases of 121%.

8. IE Business School (Spain) boasts statistics that should catch the eye of anyone who is looking into which MBA they should study: a 91% employment rate for graduates after three months, 87% international student make-up, and an impressive 136% salary boost after completion of the course. It is based in Spain’s capital, Madrid.

9. University of Navarra, IESE Business School (Spain) also sees its graduates gain massive salary increases post-MBA – as much as 138%. 94% of its graduates are in employment three months after graduation, and 80% of its students hail from overseas.

10. Hong Kong UST Business School (China) is the only Asia-based business school to make it into the top MBA rankings. Its graduates could see their salaries increase by as much as 142% - definitely not something to take lightly when choosing an MBA course. 69% are in employment after graduation, and 93% of students are international.  

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