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11 Of The Prettiest Business School Campuses

Where would your dream classroom be—a Dutch castle? A London skyscraper? The prettiest business school campuses have it all

Thu Apr 11 2019

Business school is a great way to get that much-needed boost in your career, but that doesn’t mean that it needs to be all work and no play.

Finding the right school is about more than just ranking and ROI: it’s about finding an environment that will inspire and entertain you for the duration of your degree. And with so many schools to choose from around the world, there’s no shortage of great locations for you to do your MBA.

We rounded up 11 of the prettiest business school campuses from around the globe:

1. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Business School, Hong Kong

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Sprawled beneath HKUST Business School’s campus is the appropriately-named Clear Water Bay, a country park boasting aquamarine waters and sandy beaches. The campus is only 30 minutes from central Hong Kong by public transport, making the location the best of both worlds.

2. Bath School of Management, Pall Mall, London

From the coast to the city center—Bath School of Management’s new campus at 83 Pall Mall in the heart of London has just opened its doors. Used mainly for executive education, the space boasts state of the art lecture theaters and meeting rooms just a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery.

3. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

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Situated in leafy Ithaca, known for its lakes and expansive state parks, the campus at Cornell Johnson looks the part of an idyllic Ivy League school. The business school is housed in a 19th-century High Victorian Gothic building that was originally built as a dormitory, but is looking to expand to new builds across the town.

4. Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Breukelen, the Netherlands

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This is one campus that looks as though it was taken from the pages of a fairy tale. Nyenrode Castle has its own moat, and the school still sports the original coat of arms as its logo!

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5. Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California


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Malibu is famous for being the preferred locale of the rich and famous, and it’s easy to see why. With sweeping vistas of perfect blue water, it’s easy to imagine strolling out of a strategy class and relaxing in the Californian sun on campus at Graziadio Business School.

6. London Business School, London, UK

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Old Marylebone Town Hall, a building once known as the venue which has hosted more celebrity weddings than any other building in the UK, was re-opened as a site for business education in 2017. The hall, which has seen celebrities including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Sean Bean, and Antonio Banderas tie the knot, now plays host to LBS's Sammy Ofer Center, offering an historic site of learning in the heart of the city.

7. Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Designed as an innovation hub, the new Tepper Quad at Carnegie Mellon University puts the business school right at the center of the campus, offering a meeting-point for engineering, design, computer science, policy, and arts faculties. The building has been designed in a modern style with large open spaces and with a focus on sustainability—surely a trend for the amazing campuses of years to come.

8. Trinity Business School, Dublin, Ireland

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Another new business school building at Trinity College, Dublin is a key contender for the list, as the school’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub is soon to open in 2019. Situated overlooking the university’s rugby pitch, the building will be a focal point for university-wide innovation and entrepreneurship, right in the heart of the city.

9. Warwick Business School’s executive campus, London

We’d be remiss not to mention Warwick Business School’s executive MBA campus, situated as it is on the 14th floor of the Shard in London. Taking in the views from one of London’s most coveted spots during your EMBA would certainly be amazing—particularly when you can pop up to the building’s sky bar to relax after class!

10. Asia School of Business, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Currently located at Bank Negara Malaysia’s housing facility Lanai Kijang, where amenities for students include a gym, swimming pool, restaurants, and a sauna, Asia School of Business is soon to be expanding its campus to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility next year.

11. IEDC Bled School of Management, Slovenia

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And finally, IEDC Bled School of Management styles itself as 'a school with a view', as their campus directly overlooks the famous Lake Bled, a popular destination for tourists, and is surrounded by an international sculpture park.