INSEAD, the leading international business school, has been named as the business school which Asia-Pacific employers most prefer to recruit from, in the latest QS Global 200 Business Schools Report 2012.
The global survey ranked 200 full-time MBA business schools by region and specialisation, based on votes from 12,100 employers worldwide that recruit internationally.
INSEAD’s Asia Campus in Singapore retained its top ranking in Asia-Pacific for the third year running, reflecting its strong standing among employers in the region.
“The latest QS ranking underscores the strong standing of INSEAD’s MBA programme among employers in the region, who recognise that INSEAD graduates are able to hit the ground running in all kinds of management and leadership roles. We receive constant feedback from recruiters who value the quality and intensity of our MBA programme, which offers an unmatched multicultural experience with over 80 nationalities represented in the student body,” said INSEAD Dean, Dipak C. Jain.
Since its launch in the early 1990s, the QS Global 200 Business Schools Report has been known for its reliable insights as to which business schools produce MBA graduates and alumni that are favoured by recruiters. It is the only survey which ranks MBA programmes solely by employers’ views.
Employers from Asia-Pacific accounted for 23% of the responses, coming from sectors such as consulting and professional services, banking and financial services, as well as HR and recruitment. Singapore employers named in the QS Report included the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Citigroup, Standard Chartered Bank, Accenture, Unilever and Shell.
The QS Report noted that business schools in Asia-Pacific are strengthening their role in the global MBA education scene, describing the jump in the number featured – from 10 to 36 in the past seven years – as indicative of improving standards of Asian institutions.
It also noted that economic growth in Asian countries such as China and India has heightened demand for more accredited business schools in the region to train the next generation of successful business leaders.
On diversity, the QS Report found many of Asia’s business schools lacking in international student enrolment, which was a cause for concern among employers looking for graduates to work in a multinational environment. Exceptions it noted include business schools in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia.