The Rotterdam School of Management significantly improved its standing in Poets&Quants’ 2012 ranking, moving up 10 places to rank 19th among the best non-U.S. schools. The improved performance in our composite ranking can largely be attributed to Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s 2012 list of the best full-time MBA programs. The magazine ranked RSM 17th among international schools after not ranking the school at all in its previous 2010 ranking.
BusinessWeek, which largely ranks schools based on graduate satisfaction and corporate recruiter opinion surveys, found that Rotterdam came in 18th on its international recruiter poll and 11th on its international graduate survey. The school, however, did not receive a single “A+” or “A” grade–reserved for the top 45% scores in satisfaction among grads–in any measured category, from the quality of the teaching in the MBA program to graduate opinions about the caliber of their classmates. Instead, RSM was a straight “B” player.
As one recent graduate told BusinessWeek, “RSM needs to increase its fundraising efforts and clearly establish a branding and marketing strategy. Facilities could be improved upon/updated, and the Career Development Center’s services could also be improved upon by offering more resources and assistance to students, in order to help them connect to their preferred employers.”
On a more positive note, however, another recent MBA graduate praised the school for its emphasis on leadership, responsibility, sustainability and global thinking. “RSM not only gave me all of the tools and learning any other business school would, but made me consider how I could become a better business professional, and really make an impact in the business world,” he said.
In The Financial Times’ 2013 ranking, the school slipped three places to a global rank of 33rd from 30 in 2012. That still placed Rotterdam as the 16th best school outside the U.S.–a fairly impressive showing.
The Economist, which uses a different methodology than the FT, was not as generous to RSM. In 2012, the British magazine ranked the school 64th on its global MBA list and 28th among schools outside the U.S.