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World's top 15 business schools

February 2, 2009
The much-awaited Global MBA Rankings 2009 published annually by Financial Times, London, is finally out.

While you will find the usual suspects in the top 10 with the London Business School and Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania sharing the numero uno spot, the Shanghai-based China European International Business School (Ceibs) has been ranked eighth, the first time ever any Chinese business school has found a place in the top 10 ever since this survey began a decade ago.

Interestingly, Indian School of Business -- the only Indian management school to figure in this list of 100 -- has ramped up its 2009 position to the 15th spot.

Here's a lowdown on the top 15 business schools as they appear in the Global MBA Rankings 2009.

London Business School: Rank 1
Country: UK

London Business School jumped two places up in the 2009 survey compared to its 3rd rank last year.

Amongst its other achievements London Business School -- sharing the top spot with Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania -- boasts of a community that includes 1,300 plus students each year from 121 countries, 150 plus teaching faculty from more than 30 countries and 27,800 alumni based in more than 120 countries.

Situated in Regent's Park, London, London Business School offers degree programmes like MBA, executive MBA, EMBA-global, Dubai-London executive MBA, Sloan Fellowship MSc, Masters in finance, and PhDs.

Average alumni salary today (in US $): 1,46,565

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania: Rank 1
Country: USA

Established in 1881 in Philadelphia, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, is the world's first collegiate business school has 84,000 plus alumni in 139 countries, 25 plus research centres and initiatives and 11 academic departments.

The university offers executive education programmes in subjects like finance/wealth, management, healthcare, corporate governance, marketing/sales and technology and operations apart from a host of other courses.

Average alumni salary today (in US $): 1,69,784

Text: Rediff Get Ahead Bureau
Photograph courtesy: London Business School, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Image: (Top) London Business School; (bottom) Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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