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MBA Rankings 2015: Europe's Best Business Schools — Bloomberg

London Business School and INSEAD the top European schools

Wed Oct 21 2015

London Business School and INSEAD are the top European business schools, according to the latest set of coveted rankings from Bloomberg Businessweek, published this week.

Bloomberg split its 2015 best business schools ranking into three categories including: top US schools, and top “international” schools. For the international ranking, Canada’s Ivey School retained its no 1 spot, coming top in the employer survey.

IE Business School of Spain is at no 4; Swiss school IMD no 5; Oxford Said in the UK is at no 6; and Spain’s IESE Business School is at no 7. Completing the top-10 are Cambridge Judge, Queen’s, and HEC Paris.

Much of the top tier is populated by European business schools. These include ESADE Business School of Barcelona, Copenhagen Business School, and London’s Imperial College Business School.

ESADE has climbed eight spots since last year. Luis Vives, associate dean of ESADE’s full-time MBA, put the success down to an increasing focus on the “global and digital world”.

There was some success for Asia Pacific business schools too, with CEIBS in Shanghai, HKUST in Hong Kong and Australia’s Melbourne Business School all ranked in the top 25.

This year and for the first time, Bloomberg placed a sharper focus on career growth and job satisfaction, and how well MBA programs promote both. An employer survey accounts for 35% of the total ranking score; an alumni survey on careers a further 30%. Older parts of the ranking, such as the tally of faculty research, have been axed.


Three months after graduation, 88% of the MBAs were hired. Graduates gained an 81% increase on their median compensation pre-MBA. After six to eight years, pay typically increased another 64% to around $169,000 a year.

Some 60% of full-time MBA graduates had jobs in technology, consulting, and financial services. Just 4% of students started their own business when they graduated, and 5% went to work for a start-up.

National University of Singapore came top for job placement. Cranfield School of Management is first for student satisfaction.

Businessweek compiled the data from more than 13,150 current students, 18,540 alumni, and 1,460 recruiters from 177 business school programs.

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