Festive MBA rankings

Some interesting contrasts between two recent MBA tables

First up from the FT which has the following ranking of UK MBAs:

5 London Business School
15 University of Cambridge: Judge
19 University of Oxford: Saïd
22 Manchester Business School
28 Lancaster University Management School
36 Warwick Business School
37 Cranfield School of Management
54 Edinburgh University Management School
56 Imperial College London: Tanaka
70 Bradford School of Management
73 University of Bath School of Management
73 City University: Cass
78 Birmingham Business School
93 Leeds University Business School
93 Nottingham University Business School
96 University of Durham Business School

Also Economist Intelligence Unit which includes some of the following highlights, from the UK, many of them at odds with the FT table:

School Rank (out of 100)
Cambridge, University of – Judge Business School 7
Henley Management College 10
Cranfield School of Management 11
London Business School 15
Ashridge 19
Warwick Business School 27
Oxford, University of – Said Business School 31
City University–Cass Business School 38
Lancaster University Management School 50
Leeds University Business School 52
Aston Business School 54
Edinburgh, University of–Management School 56
Manchester Business School 57
Imperial College London–Tanaka Business School 58
Durham, University of–Durham Business School 59
Nottingham University Business School 62
Birmingham, University of–Birmingham Business School 63
Strathclyde, University of – Business School 64
Bath, University of–School of Management 65
Glasgow, University of– Business School 75
Sheffield University Management School 88
Bradford School of Management 93
Newcastle University Business School 98

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Great university videos of our time

There is something irredeemably twee about this invitation from the University of Maryland to enjoy the holiday season. Given the efforts which have gone into making it, it does invite the question: why?

Australian mediocrity?

From the Chronicle

Good news for UK HE?

Mediocrity Threatens Australian ‘Brand’ in Higher Education, Official Warns

Australia has lost its edge as a leader in the global-export education industry as universities in the United States, Canada, and Scandinavia discourage their students from indulging in a “sun, surf, and sex” experience down under.

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Mr. Gallagher, who leads the Group of Eight, told the audience at a colloquium at the University of Sydney that an Australian education was associated more with a “beer-and-beaches holiday” than a valuable learning experience. His speech amplified fears among the nation’s elite universities that Australian education exports have pursued a bulk rather than a quality strategy, to the point that an Australian degree is perceived as the educational equivalent of one of the country’s cheap chardonnays.

Growth in the international-education sector, the nation’s fourth-largest export industry, which does $9.81-billion (U.S.) of business a year, has stalled in the wake of a rising Australian dollar and diminishing demand in some traditional markets, coupled with the public-relations catastrophe of the University of New South Wales’ recent withdrawal from Singapore.

Whereas there might be a way to make the surfing experience attractive and exclusive, the UNSW problem really seems like it will have long term consequences.