The One Planet MBA is unique to the University of Exeter Business School.

One Planet MBA enters global rankings

The newly launched One Planet MBA, unique to the University of Exeter Business School, has been ranked 47 in the world by the Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey.

This also places it second in the UK and ninth in Europe.

The ranking measures MBA programmes against how well they prepare their students for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business.

The One Planet MBA is the world’s first MBA systematically devoted to embedding the need for a sustainable approach to strategic business management. It is global in outlook, developing leaders and managers capable of running organisations in a culturally diverse, resource-constrained world, influenced by radically different values and concerns from those of the recent past. Graduates of the programme are fully competent in the business skills upon which MBAs have traditionally been based but are also able to demonstrate innovative approaches to the development of sustainable business strategies.

Professor Malcolm Kirkup, MBA Director explains “Unlike other programmes the commitment to sustainability is pervasive throughout the One Planet MBA; not just a bolt-on module. Sustainability is rapidly moving into the mainstream for business.  We have been inundated with approaches from companies who want to be involved in the programme.  The first batch of 40 students from the innovation cohort are graduating with strong business, analytical and leadership skills but also, uniquely, a deep understanding of how businesses can harness sustainability as a source of real innovation and business transformation. We are delighted that this has been recognised by this important and influential survey.” 
A spokesperson from the Aspen Institute said “Competition in the current round of submissions was significantly greater than in 2008-2009. Of the 149 schools from 22 countries that submitted data for the 2011-2012 edition of Pinstripes, 142 were eligible for inclusion in the ranking. The competition in each scoring category was also greater this time, including an increase in the number of relevant courses, "business impact" courses, and research articles submitted over prior years. Student enrolments in relevant courses also increased.”

The complete ranking of the Top 100 MBA programmes is available on the Beyond Grey Pinstripes website. This website also provides information on thousands of courses, extracurricular activities and faculty research at all schools that participated in the Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey.

Date: 21 September 2011

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