LBS ranked top business school outside US

The creator of BusinessWeek’s influential MBA rankings has named London Business School as the best business school in the world outside the US, in his new set of rankings.

John A. Byrne, editor-in-chief of business school community website Poets & Quants, cited the “stellar quality” of London Business School’s faculty and students, and how it has “smartly leveraged its location” in the financial centre of Europe.

The rankings were based on dozens of surveys and polls and amalgamate the findings of each of the five major MBA rankings – BusinessWeek, Financial Times, Forbes, The Economist and US News & World Report. This is a further accolade for the School, after it topped the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings earlier in 2010.

Joining London Business School in Poets & Quants’ top five business schools outside the US are Spain’s IESE and IE Business School, IMD (Switzerland) and INSEAD (France).

"In the past few years, London [Business School] has come on very strong, surpassing in prestige what had long been thought of as the best business school in Europe, INSEAD," said Byrne. "Because the student population and faculty ranks reflect an amazing geographic diversity, London offers the quintessential international MBA experience."

In the US MBA rankings, Harvard Business School took the plaudits, closely followed by Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Commenting on London Business School’s achievement, Professor Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean, said:  “We are always proud to be rated well by independent commentators but never complacent about being well regarded.  We are committed to excellence for our degree students and executive education clients and that means continuing to strive to do things better. 

“I’m grateful for John Byrne’s comment about the geographic spread of our student and client bodies and our faculty.  The figures show our global spread very clearly, and it’s important to us that this is also the spirit of the place, not just a set of numbers."