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Applicant Bulletin: Kellogg Gets A New Dean & FT MBA Ranking Names Best Business Schools

In February’s instalment of our Applicant Bulletin, we highlight the results of the Financial Times’ Global MBA Ranking, plus even more business education news from around the globe

Wed Feb 6 2019

January is over, which means another round of our monthly applicant bulletin. This month, there have been big announcements at major business schools, plus major knowledge exchange in Vienna at the MERIT Summit—read all about it below.

Big changes in the FT’s Global MBA Ranking

Despite a tough year in terms of applications, US schools continued to dominate the top of the Financial Times’ list of the best MBAs around the world, as Stanford Graduate School of Business sat at the top of the table for the second year in a row, closely followed by Harvard Business School.

However, big swings were occurring deeper into the list, as China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) broke the top five for the first time, rising to fifth place from eighth in 2018.

The University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School jumped a massive 14 places to reach number 13, while the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, leaped 29 places to 49th position.

For a full breakdown of the FT’s Global MBA Ranking, click here: The Best Business Schools Of 2019—Financial Times MBA Ranking



Early admission becomes a reality at MIT Sloan

On January 15th, the MIT Sloan School of Management announced that it would be giving ‘ambitious and forward-thinking college seniors’ interested in enrolling in a future MBA class at the school the opportunity to apply for early admission.

Under the new system, promising students could apply for the benefit, which would work two to five years after graduation from their first degree before they matriculated into the full-time MIT Sloan MBA.

“This is a wonderful new option for prospective students who want to proactively manage their future and make a difference,” says assistant dean of admissions Dawna Levenson in a press release.

Kellogg School of Management appoints a new dean

It seems that senior staff changes are becoming a regular occurrence at business schools, as yet another new dean has been announced—this time at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Francesca Cornelli has a background in finance, with a work history that has seen her hold senior positions at London Business School as well as teaching at Wharton, Duke Fuqua, and London School of Economics. Her term as dean at Kellogg will start in August, and she appears excited about the prospect..

“I have always admired Kellogg as a school full of ideas, of creativity and innovation,” says Cornelli in a press release from the school. “I am very excited and honored to join a community of such talented people.”

Organizational learning put under the microscope at the MERIT Summit 2019

Over a crisp two days in Vienna, Austria, business and education leaders from over 138 international companies and business schools convened to talk about organizational learning at this year’s MERIT Summit.

Co-hosted by WU Executive Academy, the panels saw experts such as the head of HR at Shell, the former head of HR at Facebook, and the head of people operations at Google, discuss how businesses, their employees, and the schools that fuel them can foster a culture of learning.

We’ve already spoken to Dr Pekka Mattila, dean of executive education at Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki and a speaker at the MERIT Summit, on the topic of whether executives need to go to business school.

However, keep your eyes peeled for more content from MERIT over the coming weeks!

Read more: Why Should You Do An EMBA?


That’s it for this month! Come back again in March for another bumper crop of key information for business school applicants.