China's best business schools

09:22, May 21, 2010      

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Business schools in Beijing dominated the top ranks of a new survey of mainland China's best business schools conducted by Forbes China, the Chinese-language licensed edition of Forbes magazine.

Forbes China surveyed 45 business schools and their graduates in the years 2005 and 2009. The report tracked salary performance and return on investment for graduates of M.B.A. and Executive M.B.A. (EMBA) programs.

For EMBA students, Beijing-based Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, founded in 2002 by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, generated the best returns. Salaries of graduates in 2005, for instance, increased by an average of 16% in the four years after graduation.

Beijing-based schools accounted for six of the top 10 best-returning EMBA degrees. Peking University's Guanghua School of Management came in fourth, Tsinghua University fifth, Peking University's other M.B.A. school, the Beijing International M.B.A. (or BiMBA) sixth, Renmin University seventh and the University of International Business and Economics tenth.

Three Shanghai schools--the China Europe International Business School, Fudan University and the Antai College at Jiao Tong University--also made Forbes China's list of top EMBA programs. The only school in the top 10 not located in Beijing or Shanghai was Xiamen University, which ranked No. 9.

For part-time M.B.A. study, Peking University's Guanghua School came out on top. Among other strengths, it generated an average salary increase of 20% for its graduates, according to Forbes China's research. BiMBA was second among part-time M.B.A. programs, and Shanghai's Fudan University ranked third.

Others in the top 10 for part-time M.B.A. study were Tsinghua University, Antai College at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhejiang University, Nankai University in Tianjin, Nanjing University and Xiamen University.

For full-time M.B.A. study, the China Europe International Business School ranked No. 1. Graduates enjoyed an increase in annual salary from an average of 120,000 yuan ($17,650) to 260,000 yuan after finishing school, Forbes China said. Average work experience among students at the school before enrollment was seven years.

Second among full-time M.B.A. programs was BiMBA, followed by Tsinghua University, Peking University's Guanghua School, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, Fudan University, Antai College at Jiao Tong University, Sun Yat-sen University, Xiamen University and Nankai University.

Rounding out the top 15 M.B.A. programs were: Zhejiang University, Nanjing University, Renmin University, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and University of International Business and Economics.

Beijing, China's capital, did well in part because it historically has been the country's center for education. Many overseas Chinese with historical links to its schools have also provided generous financial support, allowing them to improve their competitiveness relative to other institutions in the country.

Forbes China noted that slower economic growth last year hadn't dampened interest in business education, even though universities facing higher costs had been raising tuition.



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