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World’s top 100 colleges and universities to study business and economics, 2018

Thirty-five American and fifteen British institutions have made it into the world’s top 100 colleges and universities to study business and economics in the Times Higher Education (THE) 2018 ranking.

The list is topped by Stanford University in United States.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Oxford, London Business School, and the University of Cambridge took the second, third, forth, and fifth places respectively in the global ranking.

The top ten universities to study business and economics around the world are rounded off by five more universities form United States – Harvard University, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, and University of California Berkeley.

The ranking takes into account subjects including business and management, accounting and finance, management and economics and econometrics.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (NO. 14) was the highest ranked university in Asia, followed by National University of Singapore (NO. 16) and Peking University (NO. 17) in China.

World’s top 100 colleges and universities to study business and economics:

  1. Stanford University, United States
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
  3. University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  4. London Business School, United Kingdom
  5. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  6. Harvard University, United States
  7. University of Chicago, United States
  8. Northwestern University, United States
  9. University of Pennsylvania, United States
  10. University of California, Berkeley, United States
  11. Columbia University, United States
  12. Cornell University, United States
  13. New York University, United States
  14. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  15. Carnegie Mellon University, United States
  16. National University of Singapore
  17. Peking University, China
  18. University of Minnesota, United States
  19. University of British Columbia, Canada
  20. University of Mannheim, Germany
  21. Tilburg University, Netherlands
  22. University of Toronto, Canada
  23. University of Warwick, United Kingdom
  24. University of California, San Diego, United States
  25. Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
  26. University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  27. Bocconi University, Italy
  28. LMU Munich, Germany
  29. Tsinghua University, China
  30. Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  31. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  32. Pennsylvania State University, United States
  33. University of Southern California, United States
  34. Dartmouth College, United States
  35. Michigan State University, United States
  36. Australian National University, Australia
  37. University of Texas at Austin, United States
  38. Boston University, United States
  39. Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  40. Indiana University, United States
  41. Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
  42. University of Melbourne, Australia
  43. University of Zurich, Switzerland
  44. Arizona State University, United States
  45. University of Virginia, United States
  46. Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
  47. University of Bonn, Germany
  48. McGill University, Canada
  49. University of Maryland, College Park, United States
  50. University of Sussex, United Kingdom
  51. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  52. Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  53. Western University, Canada
  54. University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  55. University of New South Wales, Australia
  56. Maastricht University, Netherlands
  57. Boston College, United States
  58. Aalto University, Finland
  59. KU Leuven, Belgium
  60. Lancaster University, United Kingdom
  61. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  62. Fudan University, China
  63. University of St Gallen, Switzerland
  64. Rice University, United States
  65. University of Groningen, Netherlands
  66. City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  67. Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, France
  68. Free University of Berlin, Germany
  69. Korea University, South Korea
  70. Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  71. University of London, United Kingdom
  72. York University, Canada
  73. University of Arizona, United States
  74. Monash University, Australia
  75. University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  76. University of Queensland, Australia
  77. University of Vienna, Austria
  78. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
  79. Texas A&M University, United States
  80. Cranfield University, United Kingdom
  81. Washington University in St Louis, United States
  82. WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany
  83. University of Sydney, Australia
  84. Technical University of Berlin, Germany
  85. Aston University, United Kingdom
  86. University of California, Irvine, United States
  87. National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  88. Temple University, United States
  89. University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  90. University of Surrey, United Kingdom
  91. Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
  92. Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain (tie #92)
  93. Cardiff University, United Kingdom (tie #92)
  94. Case Western Reserve University, United States
  95. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  96. University of Bologna, Italy
  97. Georgia State University, United States
  98. Ghent University, Belgium
  99. Georgetown University, United States
  100. University of Notre Dame, United States

As per the ranking for 2018, countries with the most top-ranked universities to study business and economics are:

  • United States: 30 institutions
  • United Kingdom: 15 institutions
  • Australia, Germany, and Netherlands: 6 institutions each
  • Canada and Hong Kong: 5 institutions each
  • Belgium, China, and Italy, Switzerland: 3 institutions each
  • Singapore and Spain: 2 institutions each
  • Austria, Denmark, France, Finland, South Korea, Taiwan: 1 institution each

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Cambridge Judge Business School was the only other British business school to make it into the top 20 of the global ranking, while Oxford’s Saïd Business School came 25th and Alliance Manchester Business School came 29th.

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.