INSEAD MBA programme ranks first in Asia and Europe and second globally in the inaugural QS Global MBA Rankings 2018

Middle East, Asia, Europe
28 November 2017

INSEAD, the business school for the world, announced today that QS, a leading global career and education network, has ranked the INSEAD MBA programme first in Asia and Europe, and second globally in the first edition of the QS Global MBA Rankings 2018.

INSEAD’s strong standing out of 232 schools across the globe is a result of its exceptional scores across key considered indicators, including: ‘Employability’ where the school scored 95.9 (out of 100) against the global average of 38.2; ‘Return on Investment’ and ‘Entrepreneurship & Alumni Outcomes’ with attained scores of 91.2 and 86.7, against global averages of 53 and 30.4, respectively. In the ‘Thought Leadership’ indicator, INSEAD has achieved a score of 96.2 against global average of 38.4.  

The school’s exemplary results in the QS Global MBA Ranking take the distinctive INSEAD Advantage to another level. It highlights the robust reputation of INSEAD and the success of its alumni in the corporate world and reflects the school’s pedagogical excellence and thought-leadership as well as its innovative approach in offering a truly diverse and global learning environment. This speaks volumes of the quality of the INSEAD MBA programme, its personalised and comprehensive career services, as well as the strength of its global alumni network.   

QS Global MBA Rankings 2018 (Top 5 schools)

 Rank Asia, Australia &
New Zealand

(31 institutions)
 Europe
(70 institutions)

Global
(232 institutions)

 1INSEADINSEADHarvard
 2CEIBSHEC ParisINSEAD
 3Melbourne Business School

London Business School

HEC Paris
 4

University of Hong Kong

Oxford (Said)Stanford
 5AGSM at UNSW IE Business SchoolLondon Business School

Source: QS

The latest ranking adds to the list of honours the school has gathered, including being ranked by the Financial Times (FT) as the number one MBA programme in the world for two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017

INSEAD MBA programme also achieved the accolade of having “the second highest return on investment” by Forbes in 2017 with a five-year gain of $150,400, nearly double of top two-year programmes.

The QS Global MBA Rankings 2018 is based on the following five indicators and corresponding weightage:  

  • Employability (40%): Includes employability metric based on employer reputation and a weighting for employment rate for students three months post-graduation based on MBA CSEA standards.
  • Return on Investment (20%):  Comparison of opportunity cost of undertaking the programme against the annual salary premium a student is set to earn.
  • Entrepreneurship and Alumni Outcomes (15%): Identifies 40,000 C-level executives from the biggest companies in the world and the programmes they have been associated with. Entrepreneurship is also included as a key component of this indicator.
  • Thought Leadership (15%): Combined score of academic reputation, percentage of faculty with PhD, and research impact measured by citations per paper ratio.    
  • Diversity (10%): Percentage of female students and faculty members as well as the percentage of international faculty and international mix of students.  

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About INSEAD, The Business School for the World

About INSEAD, The Business School for the World

As one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to change lives and to transform organisations. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of our research and teaching.

With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), INSEAD's business education and research spans three continents. The school’s 145 renowned Faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,400 degree participants annually in its MBA Executive MBAExecutive Master in FinanceExecutive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 11,000 executives participate in INSEAD's executive education programmes each year.

In addition to INSEAD's programmes on its three campuses, INSEAD participates in academic partnerships with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia & San Francisco); the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University near Chicago; the Johns Hopkins University/SAIS in Washington DC and the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York; and MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In Asia, INSEAD partners with School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. INSEAD is a founding member in the multidisciplinary Sorbonne University created in 2012, and also partners with Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

INSEAD became a pioneer of international business education with the graduation of the first MBA class on the Fontainebleau campus in Europe in 1960. In 2000, INSEAD opened its Asia campus in Singapore. And in 2007 the school began an association in the Middle East, officially opening the Abu Dhabi campus in 2010.

Around the world and over the decades, INSEAD continues to conduct cutting edge research and to innovate across all its programmes to provide business leaders with the knowledge and sensitivity to operate anywhere. These core values have enabled INSEAD to become truly “The Business School for the World”.

INSEAD’s MBA programme is ranked #1 by the Financial Times in 2016 and 2017. 

Contacts for press

Europe

Sophie Badré
Tel: +33 1 60 72 45 26
Email: sophie.badre@insead.edu  

Julia Irrgang
Tel +33 1 60 72 93 34
Email: julia.irrgang@insead.edu

Asia

Sophie Badré
Tel: +33 1 60 72 45 26
Email: sophie.badre@insead.edu  

Aileen Huang
Tel: +65 6799 5552
Email: aileen.huang@insead.edu 

Cheryl Ng
Tel: +65 6407 7234
Email: cheryl.ng@insead.edu  

Middle East

Zeina Sleiman
Tel + 971 50 640 31 91
Email: zeina.sleiman@insead.edu

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