The prestigious QS Global MBA rankings places AGSM fifth in Asia and 39th globally for its MBA program scored out of 232 schools

28th November 2017 – Sydney, Australia: The Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) at UNSW Business School, has been placed fifth in Asia in the QS Global MBA Rankings. The report considers five performance indicators, including: Thought Leadership, Diversity, Employability, Entrepreneurship & Alumni Success, and Return on Investment.

A total of 158,000 global employer votes were taken into account to provide a large pool of information on the basis of which the rankings for 2018 were conducted.

AGSM achieved strong results in the area of Diversity with a rank of one in the Asia-Pacific region. The Return on Investment indicator also positions AGSM favourably, achieving a score of 82.6 which is well above the global average of 53.0. This result compares the total opportunity cost of an MBA program – including international tuition fees, forgone salary and cost of living (using the Mercer Index) in the location of the program – against the annual salary premium and bonus levels a student is set to earn. Other highlights include:

  • A 73.7 score out of 100 in Thought Leadership and a 47.2 in Employer Reputation, compared to respective global averages of 38.4 and 38.2.
  • A 65.5 score in Academic Reputation, 100.0 in Faculty Staff with PhD and 80.0 in Research Impact.
  • A 73.7 score in the Thought Leadership indicator.
  • A score of 75.0 in the Diversity indicator, compared to an average global score of 49.0 and the average for Asia, Australia & New Zealand of 49.4.

Interim Director and Deputy Dean UNSW Business School, Professor Clinton Free, said this result reflects the ongoing strength of the institution globally. "This result is a strong outcome for AGSM.  The QS rankings are very well respected internationally and based on a robust methodology. Not only do the QS Global MBA Rankings outline important criteria that business schools are evaluated against but they also reinforce our position as one of the leading institutions globally," said Clinton.

Further details on the results and methodology of the report can be found on the TopMBA website.

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Alison Brown, Head of Brand and Communications, AGSM: 02 9385 8467