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Best business schools in the world

Whether you are itching to start your own enterprise or aiming for a great position at an established company, the right business degree can make a world of difference. Here are top business schools according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. Ranking is based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

1. Harvard University

Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States and the third best university in the world according to the latest QS World University Rankings. It ranks first among two QS subject areas namely: Life Sciences and Medicine and Social Sciences and Management.

It is also among top three universities in the world in Arts and Humanities and Natural Sciences. Founders of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft Bill Gates studied at the university. Both Barack Obama and Michelle Obama completed their studies at the University, as well as other former US presidents.

2. London Business School

The university is located around Regent’s Park in Baker Street, a few stops from the City, London’s world-famous financial district. It offers prestigious MSc, MBA and EMBA programmes covering accounting, economics, finance, management science and operations, marketing, organisational behaviour, strategy and entrepreneurship.

Consistently ranked among the world’s best for the quality of its MSc, MBA and EMBA programmes, the school came second in the QS Global EMBA Rankings 2017 on account of its reputation for leadership, research initiatives and employable graduates. Its graduates are among the world’s most employable.

Ninety-five per cent of its master’s in management graduates accepted an offer within three months of graduation. Forty-five per cent of them were hired in the UK and 32 per cent in Europe. Ninety-four per cent of Early Career students at the school are international, with over 100 nationalities represented on campus.


As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas from around the world to change lives and transform organisations.

Its unique global perspective and multicultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of research and teaching, with three campuses across the globe – Asia (Singapore), Europe (Fontainebleau, France) and Middle East (Abu Dhabi). Its 148 renowned faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,055 MBA participants, 221 executive MBAs, over 9,500 executives and 85 PhD candidates.

4. Stanford University

Stanford ranks among the top five universities in the world across all QS subject areas: Art and humanities, Engineering and technology, Life sciences and medicine, Social sciences and management and Natural sciences.

Based in Silicon Valley in California, the University’s manicured lawn has been trodden on by some of the world’s brightest researchers, tech entrepreneurs and influencers like Elon Musk, Sergei Brin, Peter Thiel, John Kennedy and Larry Page.

5. University of Pennsylvania

The university with a long-standing reputation was founded in 1740 and located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It has acquired the maximum five QS Stars and is the 18th best university in the world accordng to the latest QS World University Rankings.

6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Founded in 1861, MIT is the best university in the world according to QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, a title it has regularly claimed over the last few years.

Rated five-plus QS stars, it has achieved the maximum score across all categories, including research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalisation, innovation, specialist criteria and inclusiveness.

MIT is also the best university in the world for a number of subjects among them architecture, linguistics, computer science and information systems, engineering and technology, chemistry, mathematics, economics and econometrics.

7. University of Cambridge

Founded in 1209, the university has a very rich history, with its oldest college Peterhouse dating back to the year 1284. Some of its most famous alumni include Sir Isaac Newton, the British physicist who discovered gravity, Actor Ian McKellen, Mathematician Stephen Hawking, Actress Emma Thompson and Newspaper Editor Arianna Huffington.

The institution has achieved the maximum five QS stars in four categories: research, innovation, teaching and specialist criteria. In addition to being the fourth best university in the world according to QS data, the University is fifth in the graduate employment rankings.

8. University of Oxford

The UK-based institution was rated five QS stars, achieving top marks in research, teaching and innovation. The sixth best university in the world according to the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, the university is also eighth in the world in terms of employability. It is the best in the world in English language and literature, geography, archaeology, anatomy and physiology, arts and humanities.

9. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

It is a leading public university in the UK capital, renowned worldwide for its leadership in the social sciences. Known for its excellence in both research and teaching, the university and its graduates make a significant contribution to global policy and debate.

Ranked 35th overall in the QS World University Rankings 2015-16, LSE is recognised among the world’s very best across a range of academic disciplines.

10. Bocconi University

The institution was established in Milan in 1902, with a generous endowment from Ferdinando Bocconi, a wealthy merchant. Named for his lost son, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi thus became the first Italian institution of higher education to grant a degree in economics.

Since its inception, Bocconi has stood for liberalism, pluralism, and social and economic progress. While a private institution, Bocconi has traditionally been more than an elite university.

It has consistently promoted and practiced equality of opportunity among its many generations of students, by actively subsidising the education of disadvantaged and deserving students.

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