The University of Manchester’s business school – Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) – has risen 15 places to be ranked 30th in the world in the Financial Times (FT) Global MBA Ranking 2021. The annual ranking of the world’s best full-time MBAs also places Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) 4th in the UK and 10th in Europe. The University of Manchester Middle East Centre in Dubai has supported more than 2,800 part-time students from across the region and graduated more than 1,700 from the AMBS Global Part-time MBA programme, since opening in 2006.
In the 2021 rankings, AMBS improved in 10 of the 20 categories assessed by the Financial Times. This includes a 20-place increase in the career progress of AMBS’ alumni, with the school being ranked 11th worldwide in this category, calculated according to changes in the level of seniority and size of company alumni are working in now, compared to before undertaking their MBA. The ranking for the school’s Careers Service also improved by 17 places to 19th overall.
AMBS also retained its position as the highest-ranked school in the UK for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which recognises the proportion of teaching hours from core courses dedicated to CSR, ethics, social and environmental issues. There were also improvements in alumni recommendations, international faculty, international course experience and research ranking.
Professor Fiona Devine, Head of Alliance Manchester Business School, said: “Over the last 12 months we have all experienced significant and unprecedented change, been presented with new challenges to overcome and tested in ways that we have never experienced before. What these rankings represent is the resilience of our MBA students and forge a pathway in their respective careers. This is something they should be immensely proud of, and I would like to congratulate them on their hard work and commitment and thank all of my colleagues at AMBS who have facilitated their success.
“We are very proud to be one of the UK’s leading business schools and will continue to invest in our research and teaching to ensure that we can best support our students both now and in the future.”
Since opening in Dubai in 2006, the Middle East Centre has developed into the largest and fastest-growing centre in the university’s international network of global centres. The University of Manchester was named the world’s 27th best university in the QS World University Rankings, sixth in the UK, and eighth in Europe. The university was named the most targeted institution by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers for the third year in a row by The Graduate Market in 2020. Manchester was also named the University of the Year for Graduate Employment by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.