INSEAD Tops QS Global MBA Rankings Europe 2020


INSEAD moved to the top in QS Global MBA Rankings Europe 2020 pushing London Business School to the second spot it held in 2019 while HEC Paris retained the third rank.

This year’s ranking listed a total of 64 European business schools, including two new entrants. The ranking was based on the indicators of employability, entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, return on investment, thought leadership, and diversity.

Top 10 MBA Programs in Europe

INSEAD and HEC Paris were the two French B-schools to figure in the top ten. IESE Business School climbed to rank 4 from the 7th spot it held in the previous edition pushing IE down one spot to the 5th rank.

Cambridge (Judge) also moved one spot up to the 6th rank. Oxford (Said), however, slipped from 5th rank to 7th this time. Likewise, ESADE too dropped from 6th to 8th rank. Imperial too came down to 9th rank while SDA Bocconi retained the 10th rank.

Top Performers in Europe MBA Rankings

INSEAD was not only the highest-ranked European program but also third in the Global MBA rankings. It scored very high for Return on Investment (ROI), with an average 100% salary increase for the graduates.

The 10-month program is offered at INSEAD’s three campuses in Fontainebleau, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Apart from the 14 core courses, students have a choice of more than 75 electives.

The Tuition fees for the program is US$98,009. The current class has 536 students with a female representation of 35%. International students form 96% adding to the diversity.

The 21-month MBA program at London Business School has an impressive 94% of the graduates landing a job within 3 months of graduation. London, one of the world’s main financial capitals, has 100% of the world’s leading financial institutions and three-quarters of the top 500 global companies.

The program Tuition fee is US$104,493. The current class of 485 has 40% female and 91% international students.

HEC Paris has notched up the highest score in the European rankings for ROI. HEC graduates saw a 152% salary increase post-MBA. The 15-month program is known for its leadership seminars, a multisport MBA tournament organised by the students and the HEC Global Leaders Series, with the participation of influential speakers from the world of business.

The program Tuition fee is US$66,690. The current class of 274, has 34% female and 93% international students.

Ranking Methodology

The Europe Rankings are taken from the QS Global MBA Rankings 2020 that list a total of 240 MBA programs across the world. The data was collected in early 2019 through the QS Global Employer Survey, the QS Global Academic Survey and a survey completed by the business schools themselves.

The survey by the schools looked at quantitative indicators such as the salary of graduates, class profile and other such information. While the schools were not asked to survey their alumni, they furnished career progression information on their alumni to MBACSEA compliant standards.

The data received was based on 2018 graduating class (for employment info) and incoming 2018 class for class composition. Where this data was not available, the most recent available data provided by the schools was used.

In a small number of cases, publicly available information was used to ensure that the ranking remained as accurate as possible.

According to the criteria laid down by QS to be included in the global rankings, the program must be taught mainly on-campus (not distance-learning),  full-time (or at least have the option to be) and have a class size of at least 10 students.

The schools were required to provide relevant data in the majority of indicators to be included. A total of 13 criteria form the basis of five key indicators that programs were ranked on.

These are employability (40%), entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes (15%), Return on Investment (20%), Thought Leadership (15%), Class & Faculty Diversity (10%).

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