IESE Ranks 1st in Europe in The Economist’s 2013 MBA Ranking

This year's ranking praises IESE's excellent career services

11/10/2013 Barcelona

IESE Business School

IESE Business School has achieved the top European position in this year’s Economist Full-Time MBA Ranking and it was ranked fifth in the world.

The school earned particularly good marks for its career service provision, underlining the high percentage who found jobs through the careers service despite the current economic climate, as well as the diversity of its recruiters.

IESE aims to match the internationality of its students with that of its career placement, by having events and career service staff located strategically around the world. This means recruiters with time and budgetary constraints have easier access to international talent. This year, 90% of IESE graduates found a job in June, with placements in Asia (20%), Europe (34%), Latin America (14%), USA (8%) and Spain (22%).

This year’s ranking results also reflect students' satisfaction with IESE. They rated both the culture of the school and their fellow classmates – 80% of whom are international students, from over 50 countries – highly. According to Franz Heukamp, IESE’s Associate Dean of MBA programs: “This is very pleasing to see, as it reflects both satisfaction in the high quality of our teaching, as well as the diversity of our students, which greatly enrich the learning process.”

IESE was the first school in Europe to establish a two-year MBA and the first in the world to offer a bilingual MBA. This year's ranking results show the importance of IESE’s continued efforts to improve its program, with initiatives such as offering opportunities to study electives abroad (in addition to its international exchange program) and its own venture capital fund for aspiring entrepreneurs.

North America and Europe accounted for most of the schools in the top 25. The highest-placed school from outside North America or Europe is the University of Queensland, which is ranked 14th. The University of Hong Kong tops the list of Asian schools, climbing from the 41st spot in 2012, to the 24th in this year’s ranking.

To view the top 25 full-time MBA programs, please click here.