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Top Business Schools in 2019

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Included in the QS World University Tops by Subject is a ranking of the world’s top universities for business and management, and this year’s has been extended to feature over 500 prestigious institutions in this field.

Read on for an overview of the top universities for business and management in each world region, as well as a look at the top 10, or click here to view the full interactive table.

Top 10 Universities for Business & Management

Based on the QS World University Tops by Subject 2019

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Name of Institution

Location

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Top business schools in the US & Canada

Of the more than 500 institutions in the business school ranking, over 20 percent (102) of them are located in the US. Outside of the top 10 above, there are 10 more US business schools in the global top 50 for this subject, including University of California, Berkeley (UCB) (ranked 12th), Northwestern University (joint 13th), the University of Chicago (17th) and Columbia University (18th).

18 more of the world’s top universities for business can be found in Canada, with the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia both continuing to claim spots in the global top 50, in 40th and 46th places respectively. Three more Canadian universities are featured in the 51-100 range, including McGill University.

Top business schools in Europe

Europe also has no shortage of prestigious business schools to choose from, with the UK home to an impressive 58 entrants.

Spain and Germany are the next best-represented European locations, with 19 top universities for business each – Spain has two entrants in the top 50, Universitat Ramon Llull (ranked 25th) and the University of Navarra (31st), while Germany’s highest ranked schools are Universität Mannheim (47th) and the Technical University of Munich (51-100).

France is home to 12 of the world’s top universities for business, including three in the top 50. As well as INSEAD in second place, these are HEC Paris School of Management (11th) and ESSEC Business School, which climbed from 51-100 to 37th place.

Also with 12 entrants is Italy, which also claims one of the top 10 spots with Bocconi University in joint eighth, while Politecnico di Milano continues to rank 51-100.

The Netherlands has 11 top business schools in the ranking, with Erasmus University Rotterdam up nine places to rank 21st, while Tilburg University climbed from 101-150 to 51-100 this year.

Ireland, Russia and Switzerland each have seven entrants in the business school ranking – of these, Switzerland’s University of St.Gallen (HSG) is the highest ranked (up 11 places this year to rank 34th), while Ireland’s University College Dublin (UCD) and Russia’s National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University) both come in the 101-150 range, the latter climbing from 151-200. 

Belgium and Sweden have six top universities for business each, including one each in the 51-100 range: KU Leuven and Stockholm School of Economics.

Meanwhile Denmark, Austria and Portugal each have top business schools,  including Denmark’s Copenhagen Business School in 15th place, while WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) climbed from 51-100 to 38th place in the 2019 ranking.

Finland, Norway and Greece each claim four representatives in the business school ranking, with Finland’s Aalto University and Norway’s BI Norwegian Business School both in the top 100, while Greece’s Athens University of Economics and Business went up from 151-200 to rank in the top 150.

Finally, Lithuania and Poland have three entrants each, Estonia has two, and Romania and Slovenia are new to the ranking this year with one entrant each. Of these locations, Lithuania is home to the highest ranked business school, with Vilnius Gediminas Technical University climbing from 201-250 to 101-150 this year.

Top business schools in Asia

Heading to Asia, you’ll find the largest number of top universities for business in China, including four in the global top 50: Peking University (32nd), Tsinghua University (39th), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (45th) and Fudan University (joint 50th).

India and Japan each have 14 top business schools in the ranking, with India’s Indian Institute of Management (IIM) - Bangalore climbing from 101-150 to 51-100 this year to rank alongside the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) - Ahmedabad, while three Japanese schools are in the top 100, including the University of Tokyo .

Heading to South Korea, you’ll find 12 more top universities for business and management, including two in the top 50: Seoul National University (33rd) and Korea University (joint 50th). Meanwhile Taiwan has 11 entrants, led by National Taiwan University (NTU) in the 51-100 range.

Malaysia’s nine representatives also include a top-100 entry, Universiti Malaya (UM), while Hong Kong is home to seven top business schools, all but two of which are in the top 100. Its highest ranked university for business continues to be the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 16th place.

Singapore also does well, with all but one of its four entrants in the top 50. National University of Singapore (NUS) continues to be its top business school, up two spots to rank joint 13th.

Lastly, Indonesia, Pakistan and the Philippines have two representatives in the business school ranking each, while Bangladesh and Macau are both new to the ranking with one school each. Of these study destinations, Indonesia has the strongest institutions for this subject, with both ranked 251-300.

Top business schools in Australia & New Zealand

Heading to Oceania, Australia now has 24 institutions ranked among the world’s best for business and management. Four of these are featured in the global top 50: the University of Melbourne leads the way in 20th place, closely followed by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) (26th), Monash University (36th) and the University of Sydney (42nd). 

Seven more top universities for business and management can be found in New Zealand, led by the  University of Auckland at 51-100.

Top business schools in Latin America

21 more of the world’s best institutions for this field can be found in Latin America, with six of these found in Colombia, including Universidad de los Andes, up from 101-150 to place within the top 100 this year for business.

Chile is home to five top business schools, led by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC) at 51-100, while Brazil and Mexico each have four top universities for business, with Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey also placing in the top 100.

 Finally, Argentina and Peru each have one entrant in the business school ranking.

Top business schools in Africa & the Middle East

Back across the Atlantic, Turkey is home to the most entrants in the business school ranking in the Middle East (five) – all new this year and including Bilkent University in the 251-300 range.

Israel and South Africa each have four top universities for business, with South Africa’s University of Cape Town leading at 201-250.

Saudi Arabia has three entrants, while the United Arab Emirates has two and Jordan, Oman and Qatar are all new to the business school ranking with one institution each. Of these countries, the highest ranked university is the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, up from 251-300 to rank 201-250 for business.

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The Assistant Editor of Kyohaku.com, Sabrina edits and publishes articles which guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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