Aston MBA breaks into FT World Top 100

26th January 2009


Aston Business School’s flagship full-time MBA has been ranked 77th in the world, in the latest rankings produced by the Financial Times (FT), which also places the programme 12th in the UK and 21st in Europe.

This is the first time that the full-time MBA has appeared in the FT’s rankings, demonstrating Aston Business School’s sustained and rapid progress towards being recognised as one of the top business schools in the country.

Professor Mike West, Executive Dean, said: ‘This is fantastic news for Aston Business School. We are very proud of our MBA programme. It demonstrably improves the career prospects, earning potential and management skills of our students. In these difficult economic times, programmes like the MBA take on added importance and I am pleased that our students and potential students know that an Aston MBA is a valuable and high quality qualification.’

The FT survey examines a range of criteria, including career progress, diversity of staff and student bodies, and quality of academic faculty. For example, the rankings show that Aston MBA graduates can expect a salary increase of 99% on what they were earning previously. This goes some way to explaining why Aston was ranked 20th in the world for ‘Value for Money’.

Aston has previously appeared in the FT rankings for its Executive MBA in 2007, which came 50th in the world, 15th in Europe and 8th in the UK; for its Masters in Management programme, which came 3rd in the UK and 18th in the world in 2008 (including 1st in the world for Careers Rank, for the MSc in International Business); and 27th in Europe in the FT’s league table of business schools in 2007. In the recent Research Assessment Exercise, Aston came 9th in the UK, based on the percentage of research rated as world-leading or of international significance.

Professor West said: ‘This latest ranking is another indication that our goal of being in the top 5 in the UK, top 10 in Europe, and top 50 in the World is achievable. We take great heart from this result and look forward to building on it in the next twelve months and beyond.’


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