Tuck | Mr. Winning Team
GMAT 760, GPA 7.95 out of 10
Harvard | Mr. Research 2+2
GMAT 740, GPA 3.96
Chicago Booth | Mr. Space Launch
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Government Consultant
GMAT 600, GPA 3
London Business School | Mr. Investment Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 2.2
Harvard | Mr. Renewable Energy Investing
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
NYU Stern | Mr. Long Shot
GRE 303, GPA 2.75
MIT Sloan | Ms. MD MBA
GRE 307, GPA 3.3
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Kellogg | Ms. Kellogg Bound Ideator
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
Wharton | Ms. PMP To MBA
GMAT 710, GPA 3.72
INSEAD | Mr. Media Startup
GMAT 710, GPA 3.65
Kellogg | Mr. Sales Engineer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.00
Stanford GSB | Mr. LGBTQ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.58
Duke Fuqua | Mr. 2020
GMAT 630, GPA 3.92
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Cambridge Judge | Mr. Versatility
GMAT 680, GPA 3.6
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seller
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Hustler
GMAT 760, GPA 4
Chicago Booth | Mr. M7 Aspirant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.79 / 4.00
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Product Manager
GMAT 780, GPA 3.1
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Journalist
GMAT 690, GPA 2.8
Tepper | Mr. Family Biz
GRE 329, GPA 3.46
Stanford GSB | Just Jim
GRE 335, GPA 3.99
Stanford GSB | Ms. Aspiring Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8 (Highest Honor)
Harvard | Mr. Amazon Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Ms. Economics
GRE 330, GPA 9.68/10 ~ 3.9

10 Biggest Takeaways In The Financial Times 2019 MBA Ranking

China Europe International Business School, based in Shanghai, achieved its highest FT rank ever this year, placing fifth in the world

8. The Rise Of The Asian Business School

For the first time ever in 21 years worth of rankings, a Chinese business school’s MBA program finished in the top five in the world. The China Europe International Business School, known widely as CEIBS, notched the fifth spot in the 2019 Financial Times global MBA ranking, just behind Stanford, Harvard, INSEAD, and Wharton. That’s pretty elite company for a Shanghai-based school that did not exist until 1994 and whose MBA program didn’t even make the FT’s first three rankings.

But that’s not the end of the rise of the Asian business schools in this year’s survey. China now has three schools in the top 22 this year and five in the top 35 ranked MBA programs, better than Britain’s three in the top 35. But the biggest gain is still CEIBS climb into a fifth-place finish. Of course, it’s only fair to put an asterisk of sorts on these rankings. They benefit greatly from the FT‘s practice of adjusting measured compensation by purchasing parity which tends to benefit schools where poverty is high and overall salaries are low. Not surprisingly given this adjustment, eight of the 10 biggest pay gains according to the Financial Times came in Asia, including two in Singapore and five in China. Also, 10 of the 11 lowest pay increases came in Europe.

It’s worth noting that CEIBS, a school established under an agreement between the Chinese government and the European Commission, was the first in mainland China to offer a full-time MBA program. Since making its debut on the Financial Times list in 2002 at a rank of 92nd, it has made considerable progress in the rankings game. CEIBS’ MBA cracked the top ten in 2009 by placing eighth, then slid the following year to 22nd and 24th in 2012. Ever since, it has been gaining ground, moving from 17th in 2016, to 11th in 2017, to eighth last year and finally fifth place in 2019.

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.