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Thursday, July 6, 2017

CEIBS MBA #1 in Asia in 2017 FT Ranking of Top MBAs for Entrepreneurship

July 6, 2017. Shanghai – The CEIBS MBA Programme is #1 in Asia in the newly released Financial Times 2017 ranking of the Top 50 global MBAs for entrepreneurship, and is #36 in its overall global ranking. The ranking reinforces CEIBS’ commitment to providing MBA students with a rigorous real-world entrepreneurship education. CEIBS is the only business school from mainland China to make it onto the list. The CEIBS MBA is also ranked #11 globally in the Financial Times’ 2017 ranking of global business schools which was released in January this year.

“The great achievement in the ranking is the result of the cooperation of many people: students and alumni, faculty, staff and, last but not least, the school leadership,” said CEIBS Associate Dean and MBA Programme Director Professor Juan Antonio Fernandez. “We are a relatively young school that works hard to be among the best in the world. Part of that success is due to being located in one of the most dynamic and entrepreneurship-led economies on the planet, China. CEIBS is a great school in a great country.”

For its MBA entrepreneurship ranking, the FT uses 12 criteria to judge the best general MBA programmes for budding entrepreneurs. The FT ranked CEIBS MBA Programme #1 in Asia for several of these, including:

  • Whether the start-up was graduates’ main source of income;

  • Percentage of graduates who started their own company;

  • Percentage of female entrepreneurs;

  • Number of start-ups still operating;

  • Percentage of entrepreneurs who raised at least a third of their equity via private investors;

  • Extent to which the School helped start the company;

  • Extent to which the School’s alumni network helped secure financing.

In addition, the FT ranked CEIBS MBA Programme #6 globally for whether the start-up was graduates’ main source of income, #10 globally for the percentage of graduates who started their own company, and #14 globally for its percentage of female entrepreneurs. CEIBS was also #31 globally for the extent to which the School’s alumni network helped the entrepreneur secure financing and the percentage of entrepreneurs who raised at least a third of their equity via private investors, and #37 globally for the extent to which the School helped in the start of the company.

CEIBS continues to develop innovative ways to foster an encouraging environment for young entrepreneurs. In 2015, the CEIBS MBA Programme began offering an entrepreneurship concentration. The same year, it inaugurated the eLab, which aims to create a real-world entrepreneurship environment that requires participants to engage in the complexities associated with entrepreneurial ventures. It has recruited more than 80 ventures which represent the newest generation of CEIBS innovators, and they benefit from a new investment initiative led by the ChairMan Fund (¥30M) and Prosperity Fund (¥50M). The eLab members can also choose to participate in the MBA Entrepreneurship & Investment Camp, a four-month programme which combines academic lectures with practical experiences, including a Demo Day and Creative Design Tour.

Over the past 20 years, CEIBS has mentored many successful entrepreneurs to realize their dreams. The CEIBS Entrepreneurship and Investment Centre launched the CEIBS Entrepreneurial Leadership Camp in 2012 and the CEIBS Platform for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E-Platform), in late 2015 at the Shanghai Campus. The E-Platform holds a variety of events each year, including entrepreneurship contests and salons, which provide a learning and networking platform for CEIBS students and alumni to engage with China’s dynamic entrepreneurship ecosystem.  

About CEIBS MBA Global Rankings:

#1 in Asia, #11 in the world: 2017 Financial Times
#1 in Asia, 2015, 2009-2004 (6 consecutive years) Financial Times
#1 in Asia, 2015, 2014: Bloomberg Businessweek
#1 in China 2011, 2007 & 2006 (3 consecutive surveys): Bloomberg Businessweek China
#1 in Asia, #4 globally among 2-year programmes outside the US, 2015: Forbes Magazine
#1 Most Valuable Full-time MBA Programme in China (for five consecutive surveys in 2005-2007, 2010, 2012): Forbes China

Joan Li
Janine M. Coughlin