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European Business School Rankings: Navigating The Unknown

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The performance of European Business School Rankings are clearly the first place to start when applying to business school. Were I applying to business school today, I would clearly investigate the place I wanted to study. Xenophobia and anti-immigration sentiments are fueling student choices.


across the UK following the referendum. UK politics could also affect a student’s ability to study abroad. All depends on when the British government triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, kicking off the process of when the UK will actually leave the EU. Having stated the obvious, the UK still offers Europeans and non-Europeans an outstanding business education for those who can afford to pay for their studies at London Business School, Imperial College, Said (Oxford), or Judge (Cambridge).



now is the time to start getting your applications together as we are thick into the second round of the applications process. To help you decide on the best schools to apply, the FT published its list of the top 25 European Business School Rankings today.

As a rule, the FT rankings are dependable and the most reliable when evaluating where you want to go to school. Depending on the criteria used to evaluate a business school, applicants should weigh the following points: career placement track records, academic strength and flexibility, and ROI. Flexibility is another vector worthy of your consideration.

Given that we live in an age of disruption, students and young professionals should draw up a strategic road map with alternate paths to career success. European Business School Rankings are just the starting off point. What I find interesting is that the major players are usually in the top quadrant of the European Business School Rankings year in and year out. Their positions vary from year to year. It is rare to see a newcomer break ranks into the top 5 although this does happen.

Added to the mix this year are the rise of nationalist and populist sentiments sweeping much of the continent. Do not underestimate the impact of Brexit. London has been one of the key business school targets of many Europeans in the past. Brexit calls into question the future validity of attending school in the UK. The effects of the referendum are hard to evaluate at the moment. Concern focuses on international mobility and visiting faculty members. If you are jittery on the future of the UK, other European countries have outstanding business schools worthy of consideration. The cost of living is also much lower in France, Spain, Holland, Germany or Switzerland. The European Business School Rankings are therefore, a guide to making the right choice for your career development.


When evaluating your short list, recognize that location, location, locationmatters. Chances of getting a job after graduation vary from country to country. Students from highly ranked institutions tend to find jobs more easily abroad. Lastly, not all business schools are created equally. The best feature innovation, entrepreneurial incubators, offer program flexibility, and in a nutshell offer their students advantages lesser schools cannot. Forget the marketing hype, brochures, and trade fairs. Consult with alumni. Get real feedback and examine the sectors that grads really get placed.


1 London Business School

2 HEC Paris


4 IE Business School

5 University of St. Galen

6 SDA Bocconi

= ESADE Business School

8 IESE Business School


10 Rotterdam School of Management

11 Said (University of Oxford)

12 ESCP Europe

13 Judge (University of Cambridge)

14 EDHEC Business School

15 Vlerick Business School

*(The above list is courtesy of the FT)

Join The Conversation: If you have done an MBA or attended a business school program in Europe, what would you advise candidates in selecting an education platform?

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Andrew Scharf shares provocative ideas on the topics of leadership, innovation, talent development, coaching, and craftsmanship. He is also an award winning career advisor and the Head Koi at CAREO, a division of Whitefield Consulting Worldwide. If you would like to learn how to balance your professional objectives with your personal aspirations, apply for an MBA or college, contact: Whitefield Consulting Worldwide for further counsel.
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