Top Business schools in Asia-Pacific Countries

the 10 top business schools in the asia pacific region

The 2013/14 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report reveals which business schools in each global region are considered the best by MBA employers. The report is able to give us insight into current class sizes and student diversity as well as the average amount of work experience each school’s students have under their belts. So, which are the top business schools in Asia-Pacific countries, and what are their vital statistics?

East Asia as a whole is experiencing economic growth like no other region in the world and is set to contribute 40% of global growth as well as one-third of global trade by the end of 2013, according to a report from the World Bank. For business schools this means that with the rise of the region’s international economic significance there will be more demand for local graduates, along with a stronger economy on which to develop better up-to-date facilities and therefore improved programs for students valued in the contemporary market.

 The Asia-Pacific region encompasses all of Asia as well Australia and New Zealand. Altogether, Australia, consistently voted as one of the most livable countries in the world despite its expense, has the most institutions in the Global 200 with eleven, China and India both have six, Singapore has four, and Hong Kong has three while Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and New Zealand all have just one school in the running. Read on to discover 10 of the top business schools in Asia-Pacific countries.

1. INSEAD – Singapore

INSEAD, Europe’s leading business school according to employers, opened its Asia campus back in 1999, becaming the first business school to have two fully functioning campuses with resident faculty. INSEAD – Singapore which set out to “create a bridge between Asia and the rest of the world”, is situated in the district of Buona Vista in the center of Singapore’s educational hub and is home to around 400 students of over 60 nationalities. The student body is 90% international in a huge yearly class size of 994 with an average of 6 years’ work experience.

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2. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

The top business school in India according to employers, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, is located in the state of Gujarat on the North-west coast of India. The school was established in 1961 in collaboration with the Indian government and industrial sectors keen to produce the next generation of management. With some initial help from Harvard Business School, the institute now is reputed as a leading business school with both Eastern and Western values. With a class year of 310, as little as 1% are international and just 15% are female. The average work experience is just two years.

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3. Melbourne Business School, the University of Melbourne

After merging with Mt Eliza Business School in 2004, Melbourne Business School became the largest management education institution in Australia and is now ranked 3rd in the Asia-Pacific region, up two places from last year in the employer table. Voted the world’s most livable city by the Economist, Melbourne is home to a thriving arts scene and plays host to many international festivals, including a number of comedy and sports events.

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4. NUS Business School, National University of Singapore

From its humble beginnings as a single department with just 20 students within the University of Singapore in 1965, NUS Business School has since become one of the top business schools in Asia. Very recently in 2009 the school relocated to a new flagship building which is a state-of-the-art nine-storey facility with a five-story atrium used for corporate events. The class size is 96, 90% being international students. The average student’s work experience is five years.

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5. Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

Situated in Bangalore, the city known as ‘India’s Silicon Valley’, due to its leading position in the nation’s IT industry, the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore is ranked fifth in the region. As the third Indian Institute of Management (IIM) to be established, after those in Ahmedabad and Calcutta, the school boasts a campus of 100 acres, all-stone architecture and landscaped gardens. Like its fellow IIM in Ahmedabad, the school has a low percentage of international students, currently at 10%, and has an average student work experience of two years.

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6. Indian School of Business

The Indian School of Business, established in 2001, has two campuses, one in Hyderabad, a southern city in India along the banks of the Musi River, and one in Ajitgarh, a commercial city formerly known as Mohali in the state of Punjab, which opened only recently in 2012. Both campuses are modern builds located within peaceful surroundings. Again, the international range is of students is low, at just 6% in a class of 569 and the average amount of work experience is 5 years.  In a strong showing from  Indian schools, the Indian School of Business is the only non-IIM to feature in this top 10.

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7. Beijing International MBA Programs (BiMBA), Peking University

Beijing International MBA Programs (BiMBA) was founded in 1998 at Peking University and was the first approved joint international MBA program in Beijing. A venture involving global partners, BiMBA operates on an international level aiming to produce MBAs familiar with Chinese markets yet also knowledgeable regarding international business practices. The area is a hub of education and culture and features many renowned royal gardens and palaces. Taught in English, the BiMBA program currently enrolls just 50 students, of which the average amount of work experience is seven years. The student body is 36% international and 38% female.

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8. Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) MBA Programs, University of New South Wales

Located in the city of Sydney, famous as one of the world’s most livable and student-friendly cities, is the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM). The campus itself is located minutes away from the coastline and Sydney Harbor. The class size is the smallest of the top business schools in Asia and the Pacific, currently averaging at just 48. International students account for 65% percent and the percentage of females stands at 33%. The average years of work experience is seven.

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9. Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

The Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta was established in 1961 in collaboration with one of the top business schools in the US, the Sloan School of Management (MIT). The first IIM to be established, the Calcutta campus covers over 130 acres and prides itself on its close-knit student community. Similar to all the other Indian business schools in this list, IIM-Calcutta has a low percentage of international students, just 3%, and the lowest percentage of females which currently is at 12%.

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10. Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University

Landing 10th in the top business schools in Asia and the Pacific is Nanyang Business School. Fully integrated into Nanyang Technical University, the school boasts quality research centers and innovational, student friendly surroundings. It is located in Nanyang, a small area in Singapore, a country renowned for its ‘East meets West’ diversity. The class size is currently at 72% and the percentage of international students stands at 86%. The average years of work experience is six years and also boasts the best gender balance out of all the schools in this list, with a female population of 43%.

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Image credit: Business Week; NUS; Trilok Rangan - Bangalore; BiMBA; UNSW; IIM Flickr

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Written by Laura Tucker
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