The Economist ranks Warwick MBA best in the UK

14 October 2016

  • Warwick MBA ranked fifth in Europe and 20th in the world
  • WBS faculty ranked second in the world by The Economist
  • Careers service placed fourth best globally by MBA students
  • Networking opportunities for MBAs rated fourth in the world

Warwick Business School’s Full-time MBA has been ranked the best in the UK by The Economist for the second year in a row.

The Economist/WhichMBA?’s annual global ranking of full-time MBA courses once again sees WBS as the only business school from the UK placed in the world’s top 20.

As well as being first in the UK WBS has been ranked fifth in Europe, with WBS being one of only five European schools in the top 20 in The Economist’s ranking of the top 100 business schools covering 16 countries.

Professor Andy Lockett, Dean of Warwick Business School, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the school and is testament to the hard work of the staff and students involved.

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“The Full-time MBA is an intense, challenging, but thoroughly rewarding year-long course. The students that have taken part in the last two years, and which were assessed in this ranking, have worked extremely hard and thrown themselves into every module.

“At WBS we pride ourselves on our ability to fuse the best of academic excellence with practice insight, working across disciplinary barriers, to help equip our students with the tools to tackle complex managerial and leadership issues.

“Furthermore, we are a world-leader in innovative teaching, with modules that involve role play and active learning in our sprung-floor drama studio, emphasise commonly neglected soft skills in modules like LeadershipPlus, and look to build a creative and entrepreneurial mindset. Our students are clearly appreciating it.

“Of course we can’t do this without attracting world-class academics and highly experienced practitioners to the school. Their passion for their subjects, along with the cutting-edge research and experience they bring to the classroom, adds tremendous value.”

With the Financial Times and QS TopMBA consistently ranking the school’s Distance Learning MBA first in the UK, WBS has achieved a unique double, while its Executive MBA is in the world’s top 25 according to the Financial Times.

The Economist’s ranking uses information provided by accredited business schools around the world, and asks their current MBA students plus recently-graduated MBAs to provide feedback on their experiences during the programme and career progression after it through an online survey.

John Colley, one of 10 Professors of Practice at WBS bringing vast industry experience to the classroom and Associate Dean of the MBA, added: “To see our faculty ranked second in the world by The Economist is a great tribute to their hard work and determination to deliver a world-class teaching experience for our MBA students.

“We also have a world-class careers service and the team at WBS CareersPlus really put everything into making sure our MBA students can achieve their career goals.

“This gives us a tremendous foundation to build on to ensure we continue to produce socially responsible, creative leaders and managers for a better society.”

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As well as Faculty on the MBA course being ranked second in the world The Economist rated the school’s Potential to Network for students fourth globally, while the school was fourth for Careers Service.

WBS was rated seventh in the world and first in the UK and Europe by The Economist in the Open New Career Opportunities category, and was again seventh globally for the Personal Development/Education Experience section and first in the UK and Europe.

Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick, said: “The business school's success matches the University’s own performance with its consistent ranking as one of the UK’s top 10 and the world’s top 100 universities.

"Warwick’s staff, students, and alumni consistently make an impact across the globe, the kind that changes lives, and Warwick’s MBA graduates leave WBS empowered and equipped to lead  transformation and change in both the private and public sector.”

For the full ranking table at The Economist click here.

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