With plans for a continuation of positive changes in 2018, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is also ending 2017 on a positive note and can repeat its ‘top tier’ claim in relevant programme, school and institutional rankings after the latest set of international business school rankings.

Whole school

RSM’s dean, Professor Steef van de Velde said: “It’s an encouraging year for RSM rankings. In two leading global university rankings that consider the whole school, we are doing very well for business administration, and for business and economics, outranked only by US and UK universities.”

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (the ‘Shanghai ranking’) puts RSM 3rd  worldwide for Business Administration, while the US World & News Report ranking puts RSM 14th for Economics and Business ‒ up one place from last year. This ranking is based on teaching, research, and reputation with recruiters.

In the overall ranking for Europe, RSM now sits at number 9 in the Financial Times European Business School ranking.  

“Rankings are an important element in the decision process for students, and high positions in the league tables allow us to attract excellent, very employable students. We know that because we measure it ourselves, in our MSc graduate employment report,” said Prof. Van de Velde.

Programme rankings

For a long time, the Financial Times rankings for business schools were the most influential rankings in Europe and Asia. However, other rankings seem to be gaining momentum.

Specialised Masters

RSM’s MSc in International Management remains very much a top tier programme in popular demand, and its slip to number 11 in the Financial Times ranking can be put down to a new ranking methodology.

RSM’s MSc in Finance and Investments is among the top of the international Financial Times ranking for Masters in Finance Pre-experience programmes, at number 36.

MBA rankings

Some rankings focus on specific programmes. The Financial Times full-time MBA ranking puts RSM at number 31. Two of RSM’s MBA programmes have maintained their FT rankings. The Global Executive OneMBA, which partners with four other business schools across four continents is rated by the Financial Times at number 35, a level it has kept for the past couple of years. The RSM Executive MBA is strengthening its position at 51 in the Financial Times ranking for executive (or part-time) MBAs.

RSM’s one-year International Full-time MBA programme is 9th worldwide according to Forbes and it remains top tier according to the global Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2017 ranking, at number 29.

Another ranking, the Corporate Knights Better World MBA ranking for 2017 ranks RSM’s International Full-time MBA at number 13 globally this year. It focuses on how business schools include sustainability in business education and how business puts sustainability into practice. Many business schools have recently joined the effort to increase the sustainability of business. Last year RSM was at number 7 in this ranking.

Executive education

Although strictly speaking not a programme ranking, this measurement concerns skill- or industry-specific courses lasting a couple or a few days; these have been on offer at RSM for many years. RSM’s open programmes are climbing up the Financial Times rankings for Open Programmes at 58 this year, up from 72 last year. RSM’s customised programmes, delivered to companies as bespoke training courses, have been in the Financial Times' top 70 of Executive Education Customised Programmes for the past three years.

More information

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. www.rsm.nl

For more information about RSM or this release, please contact Ramses Singeling, Media Officer for RSM, on +31 10 408 2028 or by email at singeling@rsm.nl.

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