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The FT Business School Rankings 2017

The Financial Times has produced a ranking of the best European business schools and, for the first time this year, the best business schools in the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region

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Seeta Bhardwa

Editor, THE Student
December 6 2017
London Business School campus


The London Business School has been number one for four years in a row. 

This year’s ranking includes 95 universities in total, a slight increase from the 91 ranked last year. 

The 2017 top 10 is essentially a reshuffling of the top 10 from 2016, with the first and second place positions remaining the same.

Switzerland and Spain are the most represented countries in the top 10, each with two universities present. 

Top 10 European Business School Ranking 2017

2017 Rank 2016 Rank Business school Country
1 1 London Business School UK
2 2 HEC Paris France
3 4 IE Business School Spain
4 5 University of St Gallen Switzerland
5 3 Insead France
6 6 SDA Bocconi School of Management Italy
7 8 Universidad de Navarra - IESE Business School Spain
8 6 ESADE Business School Spain
9 10 Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Netherlands
10 9 IMD Switzerland

For the first time this year, the FT has also produced a top 20 of the business schools in the Americas and Asia-Pacific region..

The top 10 of the Americas Ranking is dominated by universities from the US including University of Pennsylvania Wharton in first place. 

However, the second half of the top 20 includes universities from Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. INCAE Business School in Costa Rica was the top non-US business school, coming in at number 11.  

Top 10 Americas Business School Ranking 2017

China is the most represented country in the top 10 of the Asia-Pacific Ranking, taking six places out of 10. Only two other countries, Singapore and India, are represented in the top 10, with two universities each.

Further down the top 20, universities from Taiwan and South Korea also appear, as well as three universities from Australia. 

Top 10 Asia-Pacific Business School Ranking 2017

2017 Rank Business School Country
1 Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Antai China
2 China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) China
3 National University of Singapore Business School Singapore
4 IIM Ahmedabad India
5 HKUST Business School China
6 Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) India
7 Nanyang Business School Singapore
8 Tongji University SEM China
9 Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School China
10 University of Hong Kong China

The European Business School ranking is a composite ranking of the combined performance of Europe’s schools across the five main rankings published by the FT in 2017: MBA, Executive MBA, Masters in Management (MiM) and the two rankings of non-degree executive education programmes. The methodology for the Asia-Pacific and Americas Ranking was identical to that of the Europe ranking.

The full methodology can be found here. The full table for the European Ranking can be found here and the top 20 for the Asia-Pacific and Americas Rankings can be found here.

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