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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.