Volume 93, Issue 56

Wednesday, January 26, 2000


Twelve hopefuls run for USC office

CFS urges students to return scholarships

Biz school ranking is top notch

Access 2000 campaign poised to take off

More Toms, Dicks and Harrys needed as nurses

Royal bank CEO hints at change


Bass Ackwards

Caught on Campus

Biz school ranking is top notch

By John Intini
Gazette Staff

Western's business school became the first Canadian school to crack the top 20 in an illustrious international ranking published this week.

The Richard Ivey School of Business' Masters of Business Administration program finished 19th in the second annual Financial Times international MBA ranking, said Della Bradshaw, business education correspondent for the Times.

Seventy-five schools were ranked in the England-based Times survey, which collected data in three broad categories – quality, diversity/research and international mobility.

The latter category was only added to the survey this year, Bradshaw said, adding it took into account a number of factors, including the school's international faculty members and the number of international exchange programs offered.

Bradshaw said Ivey's success across all the categories propelled it into the top 20, up seven spots from last year.

Paul Beamish, Ivey's associate dean of research, said the Times ranking was the most comprehensive and objective set of rankings available. He added the results would help recruit both faculty and students, as well as make the school more attractive to future investors. "People want to be seen as backing something of quality," he said

Beamish said the program's value was a critical factor in landing Western in the top 20. He said the $36,000 tuition, which covers the entire two-year program, was fairly inexpensive in relation to similar programs in the United States and around the world.

Western president Paul Davenport said the ranking helps to further cement Ivey's international reputation. "When I travel around the world I meet a lot of people who know Western through its business school," he added.

Three other Canadian schools made the list, including the University of Toronto (41), York University (45) and McGill University (49), Bradshaw said.

Roger Martin, dean of U of T's school of business, said he was very pleased with his school's ranking, but added since the new assessment was still in its early stages, it was difficult to determine its impact.

"It has lots of promise, but it is not established in the consciousness yet," he said. "There are still some kinks to work out."

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