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Applicant Bulletin: Best Business Schools In Europe Ranked & Deans Predict Trends For 2019

We bring you all the news you need to start 2019

Tue Jan 15 2019

Happy New Year! You might be fighting off fatigue after a long holiday period, but business schools are re-opening their doors for the new year, welcoming their January intakes and bringing a new batch of business school news.

It's our first Applicant Bulletin of 2019. Here’s what you need to know for the month ahead.

The Financial Times name London Business School the best in Europe

It wouldn’t be an Applicant Bulletin without some rankings news, and this month it comes from the Financial Times, who named London Business School the best in Europe in December last year.

LBS have the second highest-ranking full-time MBA in the world, with their Master’s in Management coming third overall—evidence of a high standard of teaching that has landed them the top European spot.

HEC Paris scored second place after LBS, with its TRIUM EMBA program coming out on top in the overall EMBA rankings. The top three is rounded out by big international player INSEAD, whose full-time MBA ranks number one in the world.

Look out for the FT's Global MBA Ranking out later this month.

See a full breakdown of the rankings here: Best European Business Schools In 2018, According To The Financial Times

USC Marshall faces backlash over firing of popular dean

The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC) has faced backlash this month due to the dismissal of the popular dean, Jim Ellis.

Interim USC president Wanda Austin made the decision, reportedly based on allegations that the dean had failed to adequately respond to a series of complaints of racial and gender bias in his organization.

However, the move has caused consternation among donors to the school, with Poets & Quants reporting that the school could stand to lose between $30 and 40 million in support because of disagreement with Austin’s decision—a hefty price indeed.

Tech-focused MBAs at Tepper look further afield in jobs search

Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business has traditionally been a haven for MBAs with aspirations in the tech industry, with 43% of their MBA class taking up jobs in the sector in 2017.

However, it was recently reported that this figure fell for 2018, with 33% of grads accepting jobs in the industry.

This is, of course, still a third of the graduating class, but the change represents some significant jumps in other areas, for instance consulting, which saw an increase of interest of about 20%.

Could this be indicative of trends in other schools, too? We shall have to wait and see.

And finally, business school deans predict trends for 2019

From specialization in the Asia Pacific region to forecasts for how the UK will respond to Brexit, deans from across the world have weighed in on what they expect to happen in 2019.

Perhaps one of the more surprising predictions comes from Francois Ortalo-Magné, the dean of London Business School, who insists that the UK stands to benefit from Brexit. Meanwhile, Rhoda Davidson, director of MBA programs at EMLYON Business school says continental Europe will have the most to gain.

You can read more of the deans’ predictions here: 12 Trends That Will Shape Business School Education In 2019, According To Deans


That’s it for January! Happy New Year—we’ll see you next month for the next Applicant Bulletin.

Student Reviews

emlyon business school




On Campus

Intense courses, helpful professors

I am an international student in my 3rd year and I love going to this school and do not regret chosing it for my BBA. The classes are helpful, professors are always there to help as well and we have a very understanding administration.




On Campus

Leadership in an amazing city

I decided to do my exchange in Emlyon because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, and I found a space with very capable People.. participatory, empathetic and full of leadership. I will never forget Lyon, apart from giving me an unforgettable experience, he gave me great friends




On Campus

A lot of opportunities professionally and socially. A unique program in France.

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MSc in Digital Marketing

Combining both worlds into one, this course gave me all the on-demand technical skills in data science while maintaining a business-oriented approach. Thanks to the strong academic profile of this university I was able to secure an internship and full-time job at Amazon.




Top Business School fostering innovative entrepreneurs

EMLyon is one of the best business schools. The campuses, associations and courses offered provide the students with the best options to build the future they have chosen. The various opportunities to study and work abroad also offer a deeper understanding of the world, not only economy-wise but social, which helps the student become as well a better individual and not only a pre-formated business school student.




Emlyon campus in Paris

It has a great international community and you have access to many international tools, courses and professors. I had many networking events and workshops for students. Campus and some details of the program could have been improved or need to be bigger in order to have a better student life.




On Campus


Overall good content and good activities. Lack of administration but still ok. Good flexibility and liberty offered to the students. Finally, the amount of internship is also a good way to improve qualifications.




Good Reputation and International Business School

The course was not well adapted but it was up to the mark. The professors are very well experienced and their experience comes in handy while working on assignments. The facilities on the campus are top class. Truly professional. I really like spending time in the learning hub and using all the available resources. Lyon is an amazing city. You will never get bored.