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SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business ranks Top 50 worldwide in its inaugural participation in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2018

29 Jan 2018
SMU LKCSB ranks 49th in the world for its Master of Business Administration programme and top 10 in MBA alumni salary increase

Singapore, 29 January 2018 (Monday) – The Singapore Management University’s (SMU) Lee Kong Chian School of Business (LKCSB) has proven itself to be home to one of the world’s best MBA programmes, according to the Financial Times (FT) Global MBA Rankings 2018. The School’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme was ranked 49th worldwide, the strongest initial placement in this ranking for a Singaporean University.

This is the first time that LKCSB participated in the rankings, with LKCSB ranking once again highly in indicators such as salary increase of its alumni (10th worldwide). The ranking highlights the international profile of the programme and the School, with a strong showing in areas such as international faculty (17th worldwide) and international students (18th worldwide).

The findings of the FT Global MBA Rankings 2018 reveal that SMU’s MBA alumni experienced an impressive 134 per cent increase in salary after graduation. Of note, the School placed 37th worldwide for being ‘value for money’, and was named among the best in terms of offering a diverse and global learning environment for students and faculty.

“These rankings are a testament to the transformative education offered by LKCSB, one that is based on exemplary faculty research and a unique understanding of the Asian business context. For a university which is relatively young by world standards, this is a significant achievement that strengthens our reputation globally.

Our focus remains on continuing to deliver an enriching learning experience that is anchored by an innovative curriculum, teaching excellence and mentorship, as well as networking opportunities with industry business leaders. As a world-class university in Asia, we strive to create a meaningful MBA journey for our graduates and a positive impact on Singapore and the region,” said Professor Gerard George, Dean of SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business, and Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


About the programme

Started in 2009, the SMU MBA programme offers a purposefully planned curriculum with an Asian perspective, delivered by a strong faculty panel with extensive teaching and industry track records. The 12-month programme comprises real-world learning from award-winning case studies on Asian and Western companies, interactive seminar-style pedagogy and exposure to an internationally diverse faculty.

Participants have the opportunities to engage with outstanding leaders from the business community, and to benefit from an immersive and international learning experience comprising overseas exchanges and business study missions.

FT’s closely watched annual ranking, now in its 20th year, ranks a total of 100 full-time MBA programmes according to multiple criteria such as career progression and salary of alumni, and the diversity of students and faculty. The ranking considers the features of the institutions and their programmes, and is based on surveys of the business schools and their graduates.

Separately, in the FT Masters in Finance Post-experience Ranking 2017, LKCSB’s MSc in Wealth Management ranked 3rd in the world, in addition to the FT Executive MBA Ranking 2017, where LKCSB was ranked 24th globally.

For full results and more details about FT MBA Rankings 2018, please refer to the following:

·         FT MBA Rankings 2018:

·         FT MBA Rankings 2018 Methodology:


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Last updated on 31 Jan 2018 .