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THE: The Schools That Make CEOs

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Source: Times Higher Education

by David Matthews
September 5, 2013


[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n most global university league tables, the UK comes a comfortable second, having more institutions in the elite lists than any country except the US.

But in a new index that ranks universities by how many degrees they have awarded to the chief executives of the world’s biggest companies, UK institutions put in a much weaker showing than many of their traditional rivals.

The Times Higher Education Alma Mater Index: Global Executives 2013 ranks institutions by the number of degrees they have awarded to the top dogs of Fortune Global 500 companies.

In first position, unsurprisingly, is Harvard University, which has collectively awarded 31 degrees to 25 CEOs whose companies have a staggering combined revenue of $1.5 trillion (£1 trillion).

In second place is the University of Tokyo, followed by Stanford University. The next three positions are occupied by French institutions: École Polytechnique, HEC Paris and École Nationale d’Administration.

The UK’s top performer is the University of Oxford (21st), which has educated five Fortune Global 500 CEOs. Three other British representatives make the list: the University of Cambridge (45th), City University London (89th) and Cranfield University (92nd).

Asian universities do much better in the table than in conventional rankings, although more than half the list is made up of European or North American institutions.

Forty-seven CEOs, almost 9 per cent of the total, were educated in the rapidly developing “Bric” nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China).

Writing in the index supplement, Justin King, chief executive of Sainsbury’s, says that one of the advantages of doing a business course is that it creates a “close-knit group” than can be “incredibly valuable” during one’s career.

Mr King’s “eclectic” group of peers on his business administration course at the University of Bath – many of whom he is still in contact with – include Bob Wigley, chairman of electronics retailer Expansys; Russell Senior, former guitarist with the band Pulp; and broadcaster Neil Fox, commonly known as Dr Fox.

THE Alma Mater Index 2013

University/School% employed within 3 months of graduationTop industry% going to top industry
Duke University, Fuqua School of Business94%Consulting30%
University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School98%Financial Services35%
University of Chicago, Booth School of Business98%Financial Services37%
Stanford University, Stanford Graduate School of Business94%Financial Services29%
Columbia University, Columbia Business School97%Financial Services40%
Yale University, Yale School of Management93%Consulting26%
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management95%Consulting37%
Harvard University, Harvard Business School93%Financial Services33%
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Ross School of Business93%Consulting34%
Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business90%Technology33%
University of California Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management90%Technology27%
University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School92%Financial Services24%
Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management92%Financial Services30%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management90%Consulting34%
Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business95%Consulting34%
Indiana University, Kelley School of Business93%Consumer Products25%
University of Maryland, Smith School of Business89%Consulting21%
Emory University, Goizueta Business School98%Consulting36%
University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business92%Technology43%
University of Virginia, Darden School of Business95%Consulting28%
University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business85%Not reportedNot reported
New York University, Stern School of Business94%Financial Services37%
University of Texas Austin, McCombs School of Business94%Technology29%
Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business91%Consulting29%
Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business91%Petroleum/Energy32%
Queen's University, Queen's Business School96%* within 6 mo.Financial Services27%
Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School97%Financial Services21%
University of Washington, Foster School of Business95%Technology37%
University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business90%Consulting24%
Western University, Ivey School of Business92%Financial Services41%
University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management84%Financial Services48%
China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS)96%Financial Services22%
Singapore Management University, Chian School of Business60%* at graduationConsulting34%
Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Business SchoolNot reportedNot reportedNot reported
National University of Singapore, NUS Business School98%Financial Services34%
Paris Tech, HEC Paris90%Industry54%
University of Oxford, Saïd Business School89%Consulting21%
University of Cambridge, Judge Business School95%Consulting26%
University of London, London Business School93%Consulting32%