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Insead tops ‘Financial Times’ MBA rankings...

Insead, the business school with campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, has topped the Financial Times’ Global MBA rankings for the first time since they were introduced in 1999. This is the first time that an MBA programme with a substantial Asian presence has been ranked number one by the Financial Times , and marks a growing interest from elite students in Asian business and business schools. Insead is still the only top-ranked business school to teach its full-time MBA on multiple campuses, with 75 per cent of the 1,000 students studying in Singapore or in Fontainebleau, just outside Paris. It is also the first time a one-year MBA programme has been ranked in the top slot. The flagship MBA programmes of the four previous winners – Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in the US, and London Business School in the UK – are all two-year degrees. These schools have been ranked in the top five slots along with Insead for the past three years by the FT. The full-time MBA programme at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has been ranked 79th in the world and 24th in Europe in the survey. The school had been ranked 73rd in the 2015 rankings. The Insead MBA was the world’s first one-year programme when it began in 1959, though many others have followed. As the cost of studying for an MBA has steadily risen, many students are wary of taking on the debt associated with two-year degrees – students are frequently more than $100,000 in debt when they graduate. Though fees and living costs can be substantial, it is often the opportunity cost of lost salary that is the biggest...

Things you need to know if doing an MBA

If you’re thinking of going back to school and getting an MBA, it’s first critical to determine whether your expectations for an advanced business degree are aligned with the advantages that it could provide. Here are a few things to consider. MBA programmes offer three different types of benefits, all of which vary tremendously from one school to another: 1. Practical leadership and management skills. Management education has changed significantly over the last few decades. Previously it focused on quantitative analysis in areas such as finance and operations, with little emphasis on other aspects of organisational life. As a result, MBAs were often seen as bean counters. So MBA programmes responded by expanding their offerings in areas such as strategy, organisational behaviour and leadership. 2. A credential that sends a signal to the marketplace. The nature of the signal being sent depends on the specific MBA program’s reputation, and this is not simply a matter of prestige. Harvard, Stanford and Wharton routinely top lists of US business schools, but they also have a reputation for entitlement and arrogance. While some firms seek out graduates from elite schools, others avoid them out of a concern that they will be difficult to work with and disruptive to the established culture. 3. Membership in a learning community and access to an alumni network. Business school emphasises working in groups, and MBA students often learn as much from their peers as they do from lecturers, so it’s important to consider who you’ll be working alongside for two years.Lea la noticia completa en Irish...