AGSM @ UNSW Business School is Australia's leading graduate school of management and amongst the world’s elite top 100, according to the Financial Times (UK) 2018 Global MBA Rankings released today.
Ranked 63rd in a field that includes the world’s best business schools, the AGSM ranking results show an uplift in employment outcomes for its graduates and recognition for the unique international experience it offers its MBA students.
UNSW Business School Dean Professor Chris Styles said: "We are delighted to be ranked among the world's elite business schools, one of only two from Australia. We have ranked among the top 100 since the FT rankings began, reflecting the legitimacy and long-term position of the AGSM. Alongside our very strong executive education program and our online MBA, both highly ranked by the Financial Times, this result confirms our innovative and flexible approach to delivering leadership and management education in Australia, in the region and in the world.”
Recently-appointed AGSM Director and Deputy Dean of UNSW Business School, Professor Nick Wailes, said: "We have a great program and pride ourselves on the diversity of our cohort and the international experiences we offer our students. This is reflected in the FTs ranking of our international mobility and international education opportunities.
"The AGSM MBA program is strongly positioned to prepare the next generation of leaders for increasingly international careers. We endeavour to provide a truly global MBA - in our recruitment strategy, the work experiences we offer, exchanges and study tours, and the international careers we enable our graduates to pursue.”
The 2018 ranking showed 93 per cent of AGSM graduates were employed within three months of completing the program, despite an increasingly diverse cohort which includes aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as those who follow traditional corporate careers. The figures also showed a 60 per cent uplift in salary for people four years after completing their MBA.
"Over a lifetime, these employment outcomes are significant and show the value of an MBA," said Professor Wailes. "But it doesn't fully capture the impact our graduates make across many fields - including not for profits and start-ups."
Professor Wailes said the AGSM recognised the need to continually innovate to remain competitive and prepare students for the future world of work.
The FT Rankings have strict entry criteria and are based on a two-part survey; one that evaluates alumni salary and experience on the program (59% of ranking), and the other, information about the school such as calibre of faculty, strength in research and diversity of cohort. The alumni surveyed this year were the 2014 MBA cohort. For schools to be ranked, 20% of alumni must complete the survey. Read the full FT 2018 Global MBA Rankings results here