China Tops in FT 20 Asia Pacific B-school List


China leads the table in the top 20 Asia Pacific Business Schools based on the 2017 FT rankings capturing 7 spots. However, three of the schools are in Hong Kong.

In the FT’s first-ever ranking of schools in the region, Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University stands first. On the second spot is CEIBS, Antai’s local competitor in Shanghai with NUS Business School, Singapore in the 3rd rank.

In the 4th spot is the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), the first among for Indian institutions to figure in the list of 20 schools.

Beijing’s Guanghua School of Management appears in the two executive education rankings but is out of the top 20. Tsinghua University also does not qualify, being in the EMBA table only for its joint degree with Insead.

HKUST (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) is 5th followed by IIM Bangalore in the 6th rank, Singapore’s Nanyang Business School 7th, Tongji University SEM, Shanghai 8th, CUHK Business School 9th and the University of Hong Kong in the 10th spot.

Incidentally, the first-ranked Antai also has the distinction of being the only Asian school that features in all five FT rankings. Its best performance is in executive education, standing first in customized programs and second in open-enrollment programs and third in executive MBA.

In the Asia Pacific rankings, CEIBS scores over Antai standing first in MBA and Open Education. CEIBS is 7th in MBA and 2nd in Open Education but ranked 1 in custom executive education.

Ceibs, despite having a better average score misses out the top rank overall as it loses points for not having MiM program. Shanghai could also take credit for having Tongji (8th rank) and Fudan (17th rank) universities, the two other schools from mainland China in this grading.

Guanghua and Tsinghua are in the FT Masters in Finance ranking, which is not part of this composite ranking. Renmin University did not take part in the FT rankings in 2017.

As far as India is concerned, IIMA is ranked number 1 for MiM, 6th for MBA, 7th for custom executive education and 8th for open executive education. IIMB is ranked 3rd for MiM, 6th for custom executive education and 7th for open executive education and 11th for MBA.

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IIM Calcutta (IIMC) is ranked 14th, placed 4th for MiM and 15th for MBA. Indian School of Business (ISB), the only one from the private sector is ranked 16th placed 5th in MBA.

Singapore, an international education hub, has three schools on the list. Apart from NUS and Nanyang, Lee Kong Chian is ranked13th.

Hong Kong, a close contender with Singapore in international education, has three schools on the list, including HKUST that tops EMBA with a joint programme with Kellogg and second for MBA.

Three Australian schools make it to the rankings with Melbourne Business School at 11th, having featured in four out of the five rankings. The University of Sydney Business School, the Cems alliance member for Australia, is 12th overall. It is ranked only for its MiM programme, which is the second-best in the region.

The third school is AGSM at UNSW Business School placed 12th for MBA and 4th for open executive education


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