Source: Times Higher Education
by David Matthews
September 5, 2013
But in a new index that ranks universities by how many degrees they have awarded to the chief executives of the world’s biggest companies, UK institutions put in a much weaker showing than many of their traditional rivals.
The Times Higher Education Alma Mater Index: Global Executives 2013 ranks institutions by the number of degrees they have awarded to the top dogs of Fortune Global 500 companies.
In first position, unsurprisingly, is Harvard University, which has collectively awarded 31 degrees to 25 CEOs whose companies have a staggering combined revenue of $1.5 trillion (£1 trillion).
In second place is the University of Tokyo, followed by Stanford University. The next three positions are occupied by French institutions: École Polytechnique, HEC Paris and École Nationale d’Administration.
The UK’s top performer is the University of Oxford (21st), which has educated five Fortune Global 500 CEOs. Three other British representatives make the list: the University of Cambridge (45th), City University London (89th) and Cranfield University (92nd).
Asian universities do much better in the table than in conventional rankings, although more than half the list is made up of European or North American institutions.
Forty-seven CEOs, almost 9 per cent of the total, were educated in the rapidly developing “Bric” nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China).
Writing in the index supplement, Justin King, chief executive of Sainsbury’s, says that one of the advantages of doing a business course is that it creates a “close-knit group” than can be “incredibly valuable” during one’s career.
Mr King’s “eclectic” group of peers on his business administration course at the University of Bath – many of whom he is still in contact with – include Bob Wigley, chairman of electronics retailer Expansys; Russell Senior, former guitarist with the band Pulp; and broadcaster Neil Fox, commonly known as Dr Fox.
THE Alma Mater Index 2013
|University/School||% employed within 3 months of graduation||Top industry||% going to top industry|
|Duke University, Fuqua School of Business||94%||Consulting||30%|
|University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School||98%||Financial Services||35%|
|University of Chicago, Booth School of Business||98%||Financial Services||37%|
|Stanford University, Stanford Graduate School of Business||94%||Financial Services||29%|
|Columbia University, Columbia Business School||97%||Financial Services||40%|
|Yale University, Yale School of Management||93%||Consulting||26%|
|Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management||95%||Consulting||37%|
|Harvard University, Harvard Business School||93%||Financial Services||33%|
|University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Ross School of Business||93%||Consulting||34%|
|Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business||90%||Technology||33%|
|University of California Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management||90%||Technology||27%|
|University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School||92%||Financial Services||24%|
|Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management||92%||Financial Services||30%|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management||90%||Consulting||34%|
|Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business||95%||Consulting||34%|
|Indiana University, Kelley School of Business||93%||Consumer Products||25%|
|University of Maryland, Smith School of Business||89%||Consulting||21%|
|Emory University, Goizueta Business School||98%||Consulting||36%|
|University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business||92%||Technology||43%|
|University of Virginia, Darden School of Business||95%||Consulting||28%|
|University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business||85%||Not reported||Not reported|
|New York University, Stern School of Business||94%||Financial Services||37%|
|University of Texas Austin, McCombs School of Business||94%||Technology||29%|
|Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business||91%||Consulting||29%|
|Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business||91%||Petroleum/Energy||32%|
|Queen's University, Queen's Business School||96%* within 6 mo.||Financial Services||27%|
|Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School||97%||Financial Services||21%|
|University of Washington, Foster School of Business||95%||Technology||37%|
|University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business||90%||Consulting||24%|
|Western University, Ivey School of Business||92%||Financial Services||41%|
|University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management||84%||Financial Services||48%|
|China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS)||96%||Financial Services||22%|
|Singapore Management University, Chian School of Business||60%* at graduation||Consulting||34%|
|Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Business School||Not reported||Not reported||Not reported|
|National University of Singapore, NUS Business School||98%||Financial Services||34%|
|Paris Tech, HEC Paris||90%||Industry||54%|
|University of Oxford, Saïd Business School||89%||Consulting||21%|
|University of Cambridge, Judge Business School||95%||Consulting||26%|
|University of London, London Business School||93%||Consulting||32%|