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INSEAD tops the ‘Best International Business Schools 2017’ rankings by Bloomberg Businessweek

Middle East, Asia, Europe
11 December 2017

INSEAD, the business school for the world, announced today that Bloomberg Businessweek, a leading international business magazine, has ranked INSEAD #1 in its ‘Best International Business Schools 2017’ rankings. INSEAD has attained the top spot for the first time by advancing one position from last year.

INSEAD was ranked number one out of 31 business schools offering full-time international MBA programmes due to its exceptional performance in surveys of recruiters, alumni, and students, as well as its recent graduates’ success at landing jobs and securing high starting wages.

This achievement highlights the quality of the INSEAD MBA programme, the global thought-leadership of its faculty and the success of its alumni and bears testimony to the school’s capability in offering its participants with an academic education of the highest standards for a truly transformational experience.

Best International Business Schools 2017 (Top 20)

2017 RankSchool2016 Rank
2London Business School1
3Navarra (IESE)5
4Oxford (Saïd) 3
6Cambridge (Judge)4
7SDA Bocconi8
10HEC Paris11
11Western (Ivey)10
13Imperial College London15
15ESMT Berlin13
16Queen’s (Smith)18
17St. Gallen16
19National University of Singapore21

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek


The latest recognition adds to the list of honours INSEAD 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 and by QS as the top MBA programme in Asia and Europe and second globally in the first edition of the QS Global MBA Rankings 2018.

Bloomberg Businessweek's ranking is based on five components:

(1)   Employer survey (35 percent of total score), in which more than 600 recruiters named the programs that best deliver the skills they seek in MBA hires

(2)   Alumni survey (30 percent), in which nearly 10,000 alumni who graduated from 2009 to 2011 told us how their MBAs affected their careers, their compensation over time, and their job satisfaction

(3)   Student survey (15 percent), in which 2017 graduates (9,461 responses) rated their programmes

(4)   Job placement rate (10 percent), or how many MBAs seeking full-time jobs get them within three months of graduating;

(5)   Starting salary (10 percent), or how much new MBAs make in their new jobs, adjusted for industry and regional variation.

Data from the 2016 ranking were added to the survey components to diversify feedback.

Click here to view the complete ranking with interactive tables.  

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 develop responsible leaders who transform business and society. Our research, teaching and partnerships reflect this global perspective and cultural diversity.

With locations in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore), the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), and now North America (San Francisco), INSEAD's business education and research spans four regions. Our 165 renowned Faculty members from 42 countries inspire more than 1,500 degree participants annually in our Master in Management,  MBA, Global Executive MBA, Specialised Master’s degrees (Executive Master in Finance and Executive Master in Change) and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 11,000 executives participate in INSEAD Executive Education programmes each year.

INSEAD continues to conduct cutting-edge research and innovate across all our programmes. We provide business leaders with the knowledge and awareness to operate anywhere. Our core values drive academic excellence and serve the global community as The Business School for the World.

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