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Asia's Top Business Schools

Thursday, 16 July 2015 14:28

Asia is the largest and most populous continent in the world it is also quickly becoming the destination to study business. 

Asia’s economic growth and power continues to accelerate far beyond any other region in the world. Today, Asia represents 60% of the world’s population, where China and India alone count for more than 2.3 billion consumers with increasing consumer purchasing power and rising standards of living. In less than 20 years, the aggregate GDP of Asia-Pacific has almost doubled. A new world order is quickly emerging with many business experts predicting that China will overtake the USA within the next decade. Asia now represents a new and dominant force in commerce, economics, and business. This staggering growth in the region is reflected in the rapid growth and transformations taking place with Asian higher education. Asian universities and business schools are now challenging their Western counterparts and are increasingly figuring highly within QS and other prestigious global rankings. 

International students seeking the best Masters Business orientated courses are increasingly looking towards Asian universities and institutions. The continent offers a strong demand for fresh talent and could very justifiably be described as new “land of opportunities”. Asian business schools have become more competitive within the global market and are quickly becoming rivals to their counterparts in the U.S. and Europe. Business schools in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and other parts of Asia have been investing in making their courses more global and have recruited more professors from other countries. Asian business schools are also increasingly setting up partnerships with schools from the West to offer more options to their students. 

All these factors put Asia at the forefront of destinations when it comes to gaining a Masters qualification in business. Asia really is the place to be if you want to learn and address the challenges of today's increasingly global and changing business world. Studying at a top Asian business school will make a vital difference to your CV and open your career path to greater possibilities and increased earning potential.

Top Asian Business Schools:

QS’s 2014/15 worldwide MBA Business School rankings, which is arguably the most respected measure in the world of business schools, resulted in a greater diversity of Asian countries being represented. Six different nations make up this year’s 10 top business schools in Asia-Pacific QS Worldwide Rankings, as compared to four countries (Singapore, India, Australia and China) in the previous year. Hong Kong and South Korea are the newly represented nations, with business schools in India making way. Indeed, each of the three new entries to Asia-Pacific’s top 10 replaces an Indian school – leaving the country with one institution in the top 10 this time round. 

The biggest gains have been made by Hong Kong. Last year, none of the institutions based in China’s Special Administrative Region made the top 10 business schools in Asia-Pacific. However, this time round, three institutions were listed in the top 20 – two of which climb as high as the top five. 

The number one institution in this year’s QS MBA rankings is INSEAD (Singapore), this prestigious business school has remained at the top for a number of years and looks set to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Singapore, also took the number two spot with NUS Business School rising up two places from the previous year. NUS is the number one institution in this year’s overall QS University Rankings: Asia, out of which NUS Business School was officially established in 2002, having existed as a business administration department within the university for almost 40 years prior to this. The remaining top ten spots were taken up by HKUST Business School (Hong Kong), Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Hong Kong, Nanyang Business School, NTU (Singapore), Beijing International MBA - BiMBA, Peking University (China), Melbourne Business School (Australia), Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, AGSM MBA, University of New South Wales (Australia), Graduate School of Business and Seoul National University (South Korea). 

Business schools within Asia which have recently been established and should also be strongly considered by any student looking to study in the region include, Xi'an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (China),and Golgotias University (India). Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a pioneering international university based in the World Heritage city of Suzhou on China's east coast. Establihed in 2011 Golgotias offers a focus on multidisciplinary research and education and a learning model that emphasizes active learning as well as an enviable list of partner organisations such as Samsung, Nokia and IBM.

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