RSM maintains place in first tier of MBA programmes worldwide

The International Full-time MBA of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has been ranked 37th worldwide by the Financial Times (FT). The 2018 ranking, published on 29 January, consolidates the RSM programme as one of the leading MBAs globally, and 11th in Europe.

Significantly, the RSM MBA was ranked 12th internationally for student career progress. Director of MBA Marketing and Admissions, Brandon Kirby, says this acknowledges the school’s consistent efforts to deliver significant professional impact both in the MBA curriculum and through the work of the MBA Career Development Centre team.

International mobility

“We work hard to ensure that our MBA graduates are equipped with the relevant knowledge, understanding, tools and global mindset to succeed in business wherever they choose to pursue their career,” Kirby says, adding this approach is reflected in the programme design, the curriculum, the international exposure and in the efforts of the careers team – a team that accompanies our students throughout the entirety of the programme.

These efforts, says Kirby, are also reflected in strong results in other criteria such as value for money and international mobility, where the RSM MBA was ranked 17th and 10th respectively.


Welcoming the consistently respectable global rankings, Dean of RSM, Professor Steef van de Velde said: “Maintaining our position within the top 40 business schools worldwide underscores the calibre of the programme, and its impact on the employment prospects of our students and graduates. We know from our own internal measurements that the MBA is quite simply a game-changer when it comes to careers.”

A strong performance in global rankings, he added, helped promote RSM to talented students, international faculty and potential partners and organisations. “This is key to driving the school’s mission to be a force for positive change in the world.”

Known as the ‘ranking of rankings’, the Financial Times’ annual global MBA rankings evaluate accredited business schools across a complex matrix of criteria, including average salary after graduation, return on investment and year-on-year rankings.

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

For more information about RSM or this release, please contact Marianne Schouten, communications manager for RSM, on +31 10 408 2877 or by email at

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