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China's CEIBS named Asia's top choice for an MBA

Shanghai school serves as talent factory for country's corporate titans

The CEIBS campus in Shanghai (Courtesy of CEIBS)

TOKYO -- China's biggest companies need not look far for top-tier management talent, the Financial Times' latest MBA ranking shows. The China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, which counts executives of Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings among its alumni, is the No. 1 school in Asia for 2017, after placing second last year. (See ranking below)

A total of 12 Asian institutions made the top 100 list, released on Monday: Five from China, including three Hong Kong schools; four from India; two from Singapore; and one from South Korea. Eight improved their positions.

Globally, CEIBS ranks 11th, up from 17th last year. It surpassed the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, last year's leader in Asia, which now stands at 15th place in the world.

CEIBS was co-founded by the Chinese government and European Union in 1994. Over 60% of its faculty hails from abroad, but the program focuses on China, including case studies of domestic companies, consulting projects with companies in China, and a "localization internship program" for international students. Roughly 190 MBA students -- about 60% of them from mainland China -- graduate each year.

A school spokesman told the Nikkei Asian Review that about 85% of students stay in mainland China after graduation. He said alumni hold executive posts at a range of well-known companies, including China's online Big Three -- Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu.

The FT ranking places 40% of the total weight on alumni salaries three years after graduation, along with the average increase in pay after obtaining the degree. CEIBS' position is attributable to a salary surge of 155%. The spokesman said the increase has been driven by China's transition from a low- to high-value-added economy, and from a manufacturing base to a more service-oriented economy. 

"In a big, emerging economy like China, there is extremely high demand for sophisticated talent, and they are highly valued because they are hard to find," he said.

The salary increases at other schools in emerging countries seem to bear this out: Alumni of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which ranks 34th globally and seventh in Asia, posted an average salary increase of 172%. The Indian School of Business, which ranks 27th globally and fifth in Asia, logged a 160% rise. Their increases are the second- and third-highest among the global top 100.

As for actual salaries, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, which ranks 29th globally and sixth in Asia, recorded an average of $181,863 -- the second-highest in the global top 100, following the Stanford Graduate School of Business' $195,322.

A total of four schools from India and Singapore are in the top 30, though the makeups of their classes are poles apart. Singapore's two schools, Nanyang Business School and the National University of Singapore, have international student ratios of about 90%. The ratios for the Indian School of Business and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, in contrast, stand at about 1%.

Insead, which has campuses in France and Singapore, is the world's No. 1 place to get an MBA for the second straight year. Stanford is next, followed by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ranking of Asian business schools for 2017

Asia

Global

School

Country

Weighted salary (in dollars)

Salary increase (in percent)

1

11 (17)

CEIBS

China

159,870

155

2

15 (14)

HKUST Business School

China

149,538

103

3

24 (29)

Nanyang Business School

Singapore

126,218

138

4

26 (32)

National University of Singapore Business School

Singapore

131,760

136

5

27 (29)

Indian School of Business

India

145,453

160

6

29 (24)

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

India

181,863

105

7

34 (39)

Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Antai

China

123,330

172

8

36 (26)

CUHK Business School

China

121,193

119

9

39 (44)

University of Hong Kong

China

123,546

109

10

49 (62)

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

India

152,000

96

11

54 (69)

Sungkyunkwan University GSB

South Korea

114,479

96

12

95 (-)

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

India

131,519

93

Ranking for 2016 in parentheses; weighted salary defined as average salary three years after graduation, based on U.S. dollar purchasing power parity equivalent; salary increase shows average percentage change in alumni pay after earning MBA

Global ranking for 2017

2017

School

Country

Weighted salary (in dollars)

Salary increase (in percent)

1 (1)

Insead

France / Singapore

167,657

95

2 (5)

Stanford Graduate School of Business

U.S.

195,322

93

3 (4)

University of Pennsylvania: Wharton

U.S.

181,634

92

4 (2)

Harvard Business School

U.S.

178,113

97

5 (10)

University of Cambridge: Judge

U.K.

164,462

107

6 (3)

London Business School

U.K.

154,567

92

7 (6)

Columbia Business School

U.S.

172,624

103

8 (12)

IE Business School

Spain

168,923

108

9 (8)

University of Chicago: Booth

U.S.

168,200

110

10 (16)

Iese Business School

Spain

147,596

133

11 (17)

CEIBS

China

159,870

155

12 (11)

Northwestern University: Kellogg

U.S.

164,326

96

13 (9)

MIT: Sloan

U.S.

165,716

88

13 (7)

University of California at Berkeley: Haas

U.S.

168,163

94

15 (14)

HKUST Business School

China

149,538

103

15 (18)

Yale School of Management

U.S.

158,206

110

17 (23)

Esade Business School

Spain

146,127

116

18 (22)

Dartmouth College: Tuck

U.S.

165,414

105

19 (19)

New York University: Stern

U.S.

150,859

102

20 (15)

HEC Paris

France

132,073

99

For more information on the latest FT MBA ranking, visit: www.ft.com/mba.

 

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