Four French business
schools from the world’s top 100 produce the caliber of graduates most
attractive to international recruiters, according to the Global Recruiters’ Top
100 Business Schools Report. The report, released next week by the MBA
information specialists QS TopMBA.com, uniquely sources the opinions of the
world’s leading international MBA recruiters, a methodology that has made it
increasingly relevant since its inception in 1993. It is available on 21
January 2008 at topmba.com/research.

 

French schools in
the top 100 are as follows (alphabetically)

  ESCP-EAP

  ESSEC Business Scholl, Paris

  HEC MBA Program

  INSEAD Paris

 

The report, which
canvassed opinions from 489 human resources managers and MBA recruiters from 35
countries – more international respondents than any other MBA employer survey
provides the definitive list of business schools whose MBA students are currently
most attractive to international recruiters. They are featured alphabetically
by region: 35 schools in the US, the Canadian five, 32 schools in Europe, 23
schools in Asia-Pacific and 5 schools in Latin America. 

 

It also includes
recruiters’ business school preferences by specialization, with international
comparisons between schools in areas including International Management,
Finance, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Governance.  The results, as well as other QS research,
will be among the topics discussed at seminars and panel discussions at the QS
World MBA Tour.

 

Helle Jensen,
Admissions Manager at INSEAD business school says, The TopMBA survey
provides a uniquely relevant perspective for the majority of applicants who
seek an MBA to improve their career prospects.”

 

The report is an
alternative to traditional business school rankings, which are increasingly
coming under fire from many quarters and will see the Wall Street Journal move
away from producing an MBA ranking.  The
Wharton School and Harvard Business School have led a chorus of voices
questioning the value of overall rankings, in preference for tools which allow
candidates to create a personalized ranking. 
The results of the report will be added to TopMBA.com/Scorecard,
allowing MBA applicants to search and rank schools according to their own
personal criteria.

 

Nunzio Quacquarelli,
Managing Director of QS and author of the report, says: “The report is an
invaluable list of the ‘best’ business schools but it should not be interpreted
as a ranking because many additional factors must be considered when evaluating
schools. However, in canvassing the opinions of hundreds of the world’s top
international MBA recruiters, each of whom do thorough and exhaustive research
on business schools themselves, we have found an important method in assisting
aspiring MBAs to make informed choices about suitable business schools in each
region.”

Other Highlights
from the Global Recruiters’ Top 100 Business Schools Report

  The report differs from the
Financial Times rankings in being an alphabetical listing and not a
ranking.

  North America has the most schools – 40 –
in the Top 100. This compares to 32 in Europe (a decrease from 2006) and 23 in
Asia-Pacific (an increase from 2006) and five in Latin America.

  Harvard Business School and The Wharton
School remain the most popular schools with employers around the world, for the
fifth successive year.

  Only Kenan-Flagler (UNC), Marshall
(Southern Cal), Darla Moore (SC) and Richard Ivey (W. Ontario) entered an
otherwise consistent North American Top 20 compared to 2006.

  INSEAD and London Business School remain
the two most popular European business schools with recruiters.

  New in the top 30 in Europe in 2007 are:
ESCP-EAP, Ashridge, EM Lyon, Lancaster, Mannheim Business School and Warsaw
University of Technology.

  There are 23 Asia-Pacific business schools
in the Top 100, up from 10 in 2006

  The top ten preferred schools in the
Asia-Pacific region comprise three Singapore schools, four Australian schools,
one Indian and two from China.

  A return to aggressive hiring by
consultancies and multinationals, as well as the increasing geographic spread
of MBA employers in all sectors, resulted in a 22% increase in overall demand
for MBAs and an average 4% increase in MBA compensation in 2007.

 

Quacquarelli
believes that the research shows that schools in the list cannot be complacent.
“Among the 22 new entrants this year are 13 schools in Asia benefiting from the
region’s recruitment boom and their own efforts to increase faculty and student
quality. This is putting pressure on European and North American schools to
remain front-of-mind for employers who can only visit a limited number of
campuses in any recruiting season.”