“It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for ‘realistic’ goals, paradoxically making them the most time and energy-consuming.”
Included in the “QS World University Rankings by Subject” is a ranking of the world’s top universities for business and management, and this year has been extended to feature over 500 prestigious institutions in this field. But for the sake of this article, let us talk about the top 10.
Rank I: Harvard University [ The United States ]
Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest higher education institution in the United States and is widely regarded in terms of its influence, reputation, and academic pedigree as a leading university is not just the US but also the world. Only the academic elite can claim a place at Harvard, and the nominal cost of attendance is high – through the university’s hefty endowment is such that it can offer generous financial aid packages, which around 60 percent of students take advantage of.
Rank II: INSEAD [ France ]
INSEAD: The Business School for the World. As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures, and ideas from around the world to change lives and transform organizations. The unique global perspective and multicultural diversity of INSEAD are reflected in all aspects of its research and teaching, with three campuses across the globe – Asia (Singapore), Europe (Fontainebleau, France) and Middle East (Abu Dhabi). Its 148 renowned faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1300 participants in its MBA, Global Executive MBA, dual-degree EMBA, Executive Master in Finance and Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change programs.
Rank III: London Business School [ The United Kingdom ]
Consistently ranked among the world’s best for the quality of its MSc, MBA and EMBA programs, London Business School came second in the QS Global EMBA Rankings 2017® on account of its reputation for leadership, research initiatives and employable graduates.
Its graduates are among the world’s most employable
95% of London Business School MBAs accepted an offer within three months of graduation. 45% of these graduates were hired in the UK and 32% of them in Europe. With an average starting salary of $66,444 (£41,963), London Business School’s Master’s in Management 2016 cohort typically moved into consulting (42%),
Rank IV: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) [ The United States ]
“Mind and Hand” is the thought-provoking motto of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, known also as of MIT. This motto enigmatically encapsulates this famous institution’s mission to advance knowledge in science, technology, and areas of scholarship that can help to make the world a better place. MIT is now an independent, coeducational, privately endowed university organized into five schools (architecture and planning; engineering; humanities, arts, and social sciences; management; science). Yet the principle of educational innovation remains at the core of MIT’s educational philosophy.
Rank V: University of Pennsylvania [ The United States ]
The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League research university located in the city of Philadelphia. It was founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, one of the United States’ founding fathers, who were eager to create a school to educate future generations. As of fall 2017, there were 21,599 students studying at Penn, split equally between undergraduate and graduate students. Penn has a strong focus on interdisciplinary learning and research, offering double degree programs, unique majors and academic flexibility. This means competition to study at Penn is fierce, particularly at the undergraduate level. The admission rate for the class of 2021 was 9.3 percent, of which 46 percent were either black, Hispanic Asian, or Native American. Unusually for an Ivy League school, women comprise over half (54 percent) of all students enrolled.
Rank VI: Stanford University [ The United States ]
Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose, Stanford University is in the heart of Northern California’s dynamic Silicon Valley, home to Yahoo, Google, Hewlett-Packard, and many other cutting-edge tech companies that were founded by and continue to be led by Stanford alumni and faculty. Nicknamed the “billionaire factory”, it is said that if Stanford graduates formed their own country it would boast one of the world’s largest ten economies.
Rank VII: University of Cambridge [ The United Kingdom ]
Located in the center of the ancient city of Cambridge, 50 miles north of London, the University of Cambridge is a collegiate public research institution that serves more than 18,000 students from all corners of the globe.
The university consists of numerous listed buildings and is divided into 31 autonomous colleges, with many of the older ones situated on the famous river Cam. Applications are made directly to the individual colleges, rather than to the university overall. You can live and are often taught within your college, receiving small group teaching sessions known as college supervisions.
Six academic schools – Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Technology – are spread across the university’s colleges, housing roughly 150 faculties and other institutions.
Rank VIII: London School of Economics and Political Science [ The United Kingdom ]
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) offers you the opportunity to study the social sciences in an institution with a worldwide academic reputation while enjoying the cultural, social and recreational facilities of one of the world’s greatest capital cities.
A School is a place of genuine intellectual excitement and cutting-edge research. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF) LSE had the highest percentage of world-leading research of any university in the United Kingdom.
Rank IX: Bocconi University [ Italy ]
Università Bocconi was established in Milan in 1902, with a generous endowment from Ferdinando Bocconi, a wealthy merchant. Named for his lost son, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi thus became the first Italian institution of higher education to grant a degree in economics. Since its inception, Bocconi has stood for liberalism, pluralism, and social and economic progress. While a private institution, Bocconi has traditionally been more than an elite university. It has consistently promoted and practiced equality of opportunity among its many generations of students, by actively subsidizing the education of disadvantaged and deserving students. In the words of its first Rector and President, Leopoldo Sabbatini, Bocconi’s mission is to “promote harmony between school and life.” Today, Bocconi is a research university of international standing in business, economics, and law. Its research projects are funded by national and supranational institutions. By virtue of being a major node
Rank X: University of Oxford [ The United Kingdom ]
The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and is actually so ancient that it’s founding date is unknown – and furthermore,it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century.
It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th-century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises of 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK,also consisting of 22,000 students in total,moreover around half of whom are undergraduates,consequently 40 percent are international students.
A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents is students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK.