14 October 2011

The University of Queensland Business School has been named as one of the top 50 worldwide in The Economist’s 2011 ranking of full-time Masters of Business Administration programs.

UQ Business School has risen from number 81 in last year’s rankings to number 46 this year.

It was one of only two in Australia to be rated in the global top 50; the other is the University of Melbourne Business School. The Economist ranking of full-time MBA programs is regarded as one of the world's most influential and authoritative.

The ranking is the latest accolade for UQ Business School. Earlier this year The Australian Financial Review BOSS magazine ranked UQ as one of the nation's top two MBA providers, along with the University of Melbourne.

More recently Australia’s most influential rating body, the Graduate Management Association of Australia, awarded the UQ Business School a 5-star rating – the highest possible - for the seventh consecutive year. UQBS also was awarded 5 stars for its corporate links, size of management faculty and academic qualifications.

Iain Watson, Dean of UQ Business School, said the school was delighted to have improved its position so significantly in The Economist rankings.

"This reflects our growing status and credibility within the business community," Professor Watson said. "UQ Business School is renowned for its research capabilities, and we ensure we keep our teaching relevant and up to date by employing lecturers who are actively involved with the business world.

"We continually look for ways to enhance our offering and the outcomes for students.”

The UQ Business School MBA covers the key areas of contemporary management practice.

Graduates possess a comprehensive working knowledge of management operations, have an integrated view of contemporary business issues, and demonstrate the communication and leadership skills essential to the management role.

UQ Business School offers three MBA options to suit students’ lifestyle and work commitments. There are two structured options: the Accelerated MBA involves 12 months of full-time study, while the streamlined MBA - only available to domestic students - can be completed in 24 months alongside a day-to-day job.

A flexible part-time option allows up to seven years to complete the degree.

To view The Economist rankings, see www.economist.com/whichmba.

For further information about UQ Business School visit www.business.uq.edu.au, email mba@business.uq.edu.au or telephone: +61 7 3346 8100.

Media: Jessica Staats, ph +61 418 755 622