Alma Mater Index: Global Executives 2013

List of CEO alumni favours North American and European rivals

September 5, 2013

In most global university league tables, the UK comes a comfortable second, having more institutions in the elite lists than any country except the US.

But in a new index that ranks universities by how many degrees they have awarded to the chief executives of the world’s biggest companies, UK institutions put in a much weaker showing than many of their traditional rivals.

The Times Higher Education Alma Mater Index: Global Executives 2013 ranks institutions by the number of degrees they have awarded to the top dogs of Fortune Global 500 companies.

In first position, unsurprisingly, is Harvard University, which has collectively awarded 31 degrees to 25 CEOs whose companies have a staggering combined revenue of $1.5 trillion (£1 trillion).

In second place is the University of Tokyo, followed by Stanford University. The next three positions are occupied by French institutions: École Polytechnique, HEC Paris and École Nationale d’Administration.

The UK’s top performer is the University of Oxford (21st), which has educated five Fortune Global 500 CEOs. Three other British representatives make the list: the University of Cambridge (45th), City University London (89th) and Cranfield University (92nd).

Asian universities do much better in the table than in conventional rankings, although more than half the list is made up of European or North American institutions.

Forty-seven CEOs, almost 9 per cent of the total, were educated in the rapidly developing “Bric” nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China).

Writing in the index supplement, Justin King, chief executive of Sainsbury’s, says that one of the advantages of doing a business course is that it creates a “close-knit group” than can be “incredibly valuable” during one’s career.

Mr King’s “eclectic” group of peers on his business administration course at the University of Bath – many of whom he is still in contact with – include Bob Wigley, chairman of electronics retailer Expansys; Russell Senior, former guitarist with the band Pulp; and broadcaster Neil Fox, commonly known as Dr Fox.

World University Rankings 2013-2014 coming 2 October 2013

THE Alma Mater Index: Global Executives 2013 top 100

Alma Mater IndexInstitution nameCountry
1Harvard UniversityUS
2University of TokyoJPN
3Stanford UniversityUS
4École PolytechniqueFRA
6ENA, École Nationale d’AdministrationFRA
7University of PennsylvaniaUS
8Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUS
9Keio UniversityJPN
10Seoul National UniversityKOR
11Cornell UniversityUS
13Tsinghua UniversityCHN
14University of ChicagoUS
15Northwestern UniversityUS
16Columbia UniversityUS
17Mines ParisTechFRA
18Kyoto UniversityJPN
19Yale UniversityUS
20Waseda UniversityJPN
21University of OxfordGBR
22Southern Methodist UniversityUS
23University of Southern CaliforniaUS
24University of WitwatersrandZAF
25New York UniversityUS
26Korea UniversityKOR
Chuo UniversityJPN
28Universität StuttgartGER
29Georg-August-Universität GöttingenGER
30Shandong UniversityCHN
31Technische Universität MünchenGER
32Bocconi UniversityITA
33Sapienza University of RomeITA
34Texas A&M UniversityUS
35Fundação Getúlio VargasBRA
36Princeton UniversityUS
37University of Notre DameUS
38Universität zu KölnGER
39San Diego State UniversityUS
40Pennsylvania State UniversityUS
41ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZürichCHE
42China Europe International Business SchoolCHN
43Hitotsubashi UniversityJPN
44Purdue UniversityUS
45University of CambridgeGBR
46University of MichiganUS
47Party School of the Central Committee of the CPCCHN
48University of KansasUS
49Universität BonnGER
50Georgetown UniversityUS
51Comillas Pontifical UniversityESP
52Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJPN
53Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenBEL
54University of CincinnatiUS
55Erasmus University RotterdamNLD
56University of St GallenCHE
57Babson CollegeUS
58Duke UniversityUS
59University of MinnesotaUS
60Brown UniversityUS
61University of PittsburghUS
62Universidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroBRA
63Clark UniversityUS
64Polytechnic University of TurinITA
65University of OklahomaUS
66Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenGER
67Southwest Jiaotong UniversityCHN
68University of DelhiIND
69Beijing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsCHN
70Tufts UniversityUS
71University of San DiegoUS
72Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHKG
73Tianjin UniversityCHN
74Osaka UniversityJPN
75University of VirginiaUS
76Hanyang UniversityKOR
77Jilin UniversityCHN
78Zhongnan University of Economics and LawCHN
79University of Cape TownZAF
80University of North Carolina at CharlotteUS
81Sciences PoFRA
82Nankai UniversityCHN
83University of California, BerkeleyUS
84University of Colorado BoulderUS
85Tongji UniversityCHN
86École des Ponts ParisTechFRA
87University of Science and Technology, BeijingCHN
88ESSEC Business SchoolFRA
89City University LondonGBR
90Queen’s UniversityCAN
91University of MelbourneAUS
92Cranfield UniversityGBR
93Wuhan University of Science and TechnologyCHN
94Huazhong University of Science and TechnologyCHN
95Harbin University of Science and TechnologyCHN
96Wayne State UniversityUS
97Boston CollegeUS
98University of HoustonUS
99University of TorontoCAN
100Hosei UniversityJPN

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Reader's comments (1)

Surprising how KIT / Karlsruhe University, alma mater of the CEOs of Daimler AG, Bosch, Miele, etc doesn't figure on THE Alma Mater index, despite its prominence on the PROFESSIONAL RANKING OF WORLD UNIVERSITIES at