Top 10 Universities in Europe for MBAs

- Leadership - May 03, 2019

Business Chief reveals the best universities across Europe to study a Master of Business Administration, according to the Telegraph.

10. Cambridge Judge Business School

The business school at Cambridge University in the UK was established in 1990, and was named after Sir Paul Judge. Located on the Old Addenbrooke’s Site, the school falls under the university’s School of Technology. Judge Business School is comprised of around 55 members, whose “research interests span the globe and the full spectrum of business issues,” the school claims. “Many are leaders in their field directing cutting-edge research, consulting for top businesses, advising governments, and most of all, bringing their experiences and new-found knowledge into the classroom.”


9. HEC Paris

HEC Paris was founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce (CCIP), and is a founding member of CEMS - Global Alliance in Management Education. The France-based school currently has around 4,000 students. “HEC Paris has built itself on three core values: academic excellence, a strong sense of community and a commitment to diversity. Thanks to these values, the school has developed into one of the world’s best business schools, as showcased in top international rankings,” the schools states. The international business school’s President and Dean are Henri Proglio and Peter Todd.


8. IMD

The International Institute for Management Development has around 9,000 students and is located in Lusanne, Switzerland. “IMD is an independent business school, with Swiss roots and global reach, expert in developing leaders and transforming organisations to create ongoing impact. For the last seven consecutive years, IMD has been ranked TOP 3 in executive education worldwide – FIRST in open programmes (Financial Times 2012-2018),” says the school.


7. ESADE Business School

Spain’s ESADE Business School in Barcelona has around 7,500 students. The college also has a campus in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The school has been awarded the triple accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA. “Through innovation and creativity, ESADE Business School provides a modern, innovative and inherently digitalised learning experience geared towards training leaders capable of adapting to new ways of thinking and working,” ESADE says. “Our rigour, excellence, teamwork and methodology have helped place ESADE Business School among the world’s top business schools.”


6. SDA Bocconi Business School of Management

The SDA Bocconi Business School of Management is located in Milan, Italy. The school describes its MBA as one “for people who just won't stop”. The MBA “aims to forge global leaders with an Aspiration to change and an Ambition to excel, while being Aware that leadership also requires social responsibility.” The business school was established in 1971 and holds the motto: “Empowering lives through knowledge and imagination”.


5. IE Business School

The school is situated in Madrid, the capital of Spain. “IE offers a technology-based learning ecosystem, training the leaders of tomorrow to make positive change through innovation, global vision, an entrepreneurial mindset and a unique focus on the humanities,” states the school. Founded in 1973, IE currently has around 400 students and offers BBA, MBA, Executive MBA, PhD and DBA programmes.


4. IESE Business School, University of Navarra

The third Spanish school to feature in the top 10, IESE Business School can be found in the University of Navarra in Barcelona. “For more than 60 years, IESE has been at the forefront of management education and leadership development. Our mission today remains the same as it was back in 1958: to educate and inspire leaders who wish to have a positive and lasting impact on people, business and society,” the school claims. IESE employs 175 members of academic staff.


3. Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

The school was founded in 1996, as part of University of Oxford in the UK. “It has evolved to be one of the elite business schools of the world, embedded in the world’s top University, and aspiring to be a model of purposeful leadership,” the school states. “The school has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in a number of areas, including finance, entrepreneurship, social innovation, major programme management, digital marketing, tax and more.” The school has approximately 300 undergraduate, 710 postgraduate and 50 doctoral students.


2. London Business School

The Dean of London Business School is François Ortalo-Magné, who took the role in 2017. There are 2,000 students enrolled at the school, which has a campus in the capital of both the UK and Dubai. “Over four decades, our graduates have increased tenfold and our executive programme participants twenty-fold. One thousand alumni have become more than 42,000, with 113 alumni clubs stretching across every continent,” says the business school.



INSEAD is located in Fontainebleau, south east of Paris. “Fontainebleau, the home of INSEAD's Europe Campus, is spread across eight hectares. Nestled in the vast forest of Fontainebleau, the modern architecture of the campus blends harmoniously with the green and leafy surroundings,” claims INSEAD. “Facilities are of the highest standard and include 29 lecture theatres, two restaurants, a bar, a bookshop, extensive library resources and a fully equipped gym.” 1,000 students study an MBA at the school.

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