Imperial College Business School has been recognised by the Financial Times as one of the leading business schools in the world for incorporating Corporate Social Responsibility into its programmes. It is the first time that the Financial Times has included CSR in its Global MBA rankings, which are published today.
We are also pleased to announce that Imperial made a significant move up in the overall rankings table, securing the 39th spot globally, up 12 places on last year’s ranking.
The School has also been recognised for its international reach, ranking 2nd in the UK for international course experience, and has scored highly for diversity, sitting within the global top five for female representation at board level and ranked 1st position for the variety of languages spoken amongst the MBA student community.
In addition, we placed in two subject top 10s in the ranking. We are ranked 1st in the UK for entrepreneurship, as well as 2nd in the UK and 5th in the world for economics.
In our Meet the Full-Time MBA Class of 2018-19 article, Katia Fox, a student in our new class and recipient of a Forté Foundation Scholarship, is impressed by the diversity of the current cohort’s background:
The fact that it is 45% women is fantastic, and it’s incredibly diverse with people from all over the world, with every kind of experience and background. Everyone had different jobs before, and everyone is going in different directions too, which is exciting.
The results reflect a long-held and dedicated effort by the school and the wider College, to improve the relationship between academia and modern business practice and to encourage social transformation.
Professor Francisco Veloso, Dean of Imperial College Business School said: “As the world’s industries are tasked with ensuring their activities benefit society as well as themselves, business schools must ensure that the education they offer looks beyond financial gain. Our students come from all over the world, with different experiences, perspectives and varied career goals.
“However, they are uniformly committed, not just to becoming commercially successful, but to establishing careers in which they can give back to the societies they live in. We have worked to ensure our programmes continue to meet the changing demands of employers and future business leaders. For our MBA programme to secure such a prominent position for our CSR commitment in the Financial Times’ ranking is a testament to our efforts.”
One of the ways we encourage our Full-Time MBA students to drive social transformation is through our Imperial Innovation Challenge. This one-week learning laboratory teaches students to apply innovative thinking to complex international issues and generate business solutions.
Whether it is eradicating poverty or responding to the scarcity of natural resources, the challenge acknowledges that companies have a critical role to play in creating positive social impact; and equips students with the innovative thinking skills to tackle these issues. Read about last year’s Innovation Week Challenge here.
Alongside its programmes, Imperial College Business School is home to a number of CSR focused initiatives. The Gandhi Centre for Inclusive Innovation, which launched in December 2007, helps companies across the globe to enhance their innovative capabilities and share the rewards with society.