Don’t reduce your MBA experience into a number

On Monday, the Financial Times released its 2016 MBA rankings and the Cambridge MBA moved up three places to 10th. This was a great result and it meant that we have been ranked in the top 15 schools globally for three years in a row now.

Looking at the data, the big increases for us this year were weighted salary (from US$146,664 to US$156,323); career progress rank (from 12th to 6th), our percentage of female students (from 30% to 38%) and our FT research rank (from 39th to 12th).

Of course, this is great news that our alums (the MBA class who graduated in 2012) have done so well in the three years since they graduated and also that our faculty research has improved.

On the other hand, we don’t know for sure why that MBA class did that well compared to other classes. At least with the faculty research, we as a school know which areas our faculty are conducting our research in, and we can see a pipeline of papers that either have been, or will be accepted by one of the 45 journals that the FT uses for their research ranking.

Ultimately, as I told some of the current MBAs on the day that the FT released their results, MBAs should not reduce their entire business school experience into a number that will definitely fluctuate over time. But rather, they should think of how they can contribute to the MBA programme, the school and the alumni community, and thereby continue to invest in their MBA brand.

The Cambridge MBA 2015 class

Last week, we welcomed 157 students into the Cambridge MBA 2015 class. Yes, it is strange that we call a class by the year that they start and not the year they graduate which is what almost every other school does, but we are part of an 806 year old institution so we can be… Continue Reading

The MBA industry

I am in Denver this week for the GMAC Annual Industry conference. This is the get-together for admissions professionals all around the world and it continues to grow year-on-year which is a reflection of the healthy global market for management education. One indicator of just how large the GMAC conference has become is the number… Continue Reading

Compare the Meerkats

Many of my friends and colleagues know that I love tech and social media although I am not the early adopter type. More like the person who comes in after that first adopter wave. Last week, I broke that pattern by being an early adopter of an app that, had taken SWSX by storm. Meerkat… Continue Reading

That Cambridge-Oxford rivalry

Recently, my Facebook timeline was flooded with our alums posting an article written by the Economist about how the city of Cambridge was pulling ahead of Oxford in terms of economic growth. There was, as you can imagine, a certain sense of good-humoured triumphalism in some of these posts. I am not a subscriber to… Continue Reading

Thankful for another quiet end of Jan

Like this time last year, I had a quiet year when the Financial Times released their annual MBA rankings. This year we climbed three places to 13th, our highest ranking since 2008. We organised a lunch-time session where I went through the rankings methodology. It was telling that staff outnumbered students almost 2 to 1… Continue Reading

China’s service companies

Last week, the Cambridge Judge Business School took another step to deepen its engagement in China when the Director of the Business School, Christoph Loch, launched the China Advisory Council at the Sanya forum in Hainan. Its members include Dame Sandra Dawson, one of the former Directors of the School, and several luminaries of Chinese… Continue Reading

My trip to Angola

So I was waiting outside my hotel looking for our designated driver when I heard someone ask me 你需要帮忙吗?(Do you need any help in Mandarin). That shouldn’t be surprising except that I was in Luanda, capital of Angola, and it was a Portuguese woman who was speaking to me in Mandarin. It was a great… Continue Reading