4 October 2012

The University of Queensland Business School has been named as one of the top 30 worldwide in The Economist’s 2012 ranking of full-time MBA programs.

UQ Business School has risen from number 46 in last year’s world ranking to reach number 27 this year, identifying it as the leading MBA provider in Australia and the Asia Pacific region and the highest placed school outside Europe and North America.

It was one of only three business schools in Australia to be rated in the global top 30.

The Economist ranking of full-time MBA programs is regarded as one of the most influential and authoritative in the world.

The ranking is the latest accolade for the UQ Business School.

Most recently its MBA program was awarded a 5 star rating – the highest possible - by Australia’s most influential rating body, the Graduate Management Association of Australia, for the eighth year in a row.

It was also awarded 5 stars for its corporate links and academic qualifications.

The Dean of the UQ Business School, Professor Andrew Griffiths, said: “We were thrilled to receive the results from this year’s Economist ranking, which recognises the high quality of our MBA program and the successful outcomes for our students.

"At UQ Business School we pride ourselves on our strong links with our alumni and the business community and we are consistently working with industry partners to ensure that our offering adds real value to business.”

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 different 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, which is only available to domestic students, can be completed in 24 months alongside their day to day job.

There is also a flexible part-time option that gives students as much time as they need up to a maximum of seven years.

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

About UQ Business School
The University of Queensland Business School is independently ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and amongst the leading institutions worldwide. Based in Brisbane, it brings together over 130 subject experts with over 7,500 students and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs and executive education across the range of business disciplines.

UQ Business School is renowned internationally for the quality of its research and also provides contract research and consultancy services to organisations throughout the world. The teaching – research – consultancy loop is central to its success, ensuring that the School maintains its position at the forefront of academic knowledge while staying closely attuned to modern business requirements. For further information see www.business.uq.edu.au

Fast facts
• UQ Business School was the first in Australia to meet the standards of the world’s two most influential accrediting bodies - the US-based AACSB International and Europe’s EQUIS.

• Has been ranked in the world’s top 50 universities for executive education by the Financial Times.

• Its MBA program has been rated in the top 30 worldwide by The Economist and in the top two in Australia by the AFR’s BOSS Magazine.

• The MBA course has been awarded the highest possible rating of five stars for eight years running by Australia’s most influential rating body, the GMAA.

• The School was classed as above world standard in its four major fields of business research in the Australian government’s ERA assessment.

Media enquiries to:
Samantha Kennerley
Director of Marketing & External Relations
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E: s.kennerley@business.uq.edu.au

Tanya Hagedorn
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
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E: t.hagedorn@business.uq.edu.au