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University Rankings

The ranking of the universities is one of the most important criterions that may help you to choose the best university for you. There are many organizations in the world that have designed their own ranking system. Among all of these, there are 3 globally accepted University Rankings. They are –

  1. Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) / Shanghai Ranking
  2. QS World University Rankings
  3. Times Higher Education (THE)World University Rankings
Name Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) /

Shanghai Ranking

QS World University Rankings Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings
Publication Annual Annual Annual
Company Shanghai Ranking Consultancy (since 2009) Quacquarelli Symonds Limited Times Higher Education (THE) magazine
Started in 2003 2004 2010
Category Higher Education Higher Education Higher Education
Country China UK UK
Website www.shanghairanking.com www.topuniversities.com www.timeshighereducation.com
Features First global university ranking with multifarious indicators Approved by International Ranking Expert Group Updated version of university rankings
Methodology (1) Quality of Education, (2) Quality of Faculty, (3) Research Output, (4) Per Capita Performance (1) Academic peer review, (2) Faculty/ Student ratio, (3) Citations per faculty, (4) Employer reputation, (5) International student ratio, (6) International staff ratio (1) Industry Income – innovation, (2) International diversity, (3) Teaching – the learning Environment, (4) Research – volume, income and reputation, (5) Citations – research influence

Business School Accreditation

Cambridge Dictionary defines “accreditation” as

the fact of being officially recognized, accepted, or approved of, or the act of officially recognizing, accepting, or approving of something.

There are many international bodies that develop, design and regulate the “standards”. When such standards are met by business schools, these international bodies accredit the programs delivered by them. Such accreditations add a great deal of value to their degrees as it shows:

Therefore, higher the accreditation, more highly regarded the Business degree.

The top 3 largest and most influential business school accreditation are:

Name EQUIS AACSB AMBA
Full Form European Quality Improvement System Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business The Association of MBAs
Headquarters Brussels, Belgium Florida, United States London, United Kingdom
Managed By European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)  AACSB AMBA
Started in 1998 1916 1967
Website www.efmd.org www.aacsb.edu www.mbaworld.com
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Triple Accredited Business Schools:

Business Schools which receive all 3 accreditations – AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS, are referred as “triple crown” accreditation. Many top business schools of the world like Harvard, Stanford and Columbia do not have a triple crown as it has to fulfill the requirements of these 3 international bodies.

For example, EQUIS differs from the AMBA and the AACSB. EQUIS agency standards are based on the quality of the business school, but it also considers the school’s level of internationalization, which is not a standard for the AMBA and the AACSB.

Similarly, AMBA requires business schools only select candidates with minimum three years of work experience which is not the minimum entry requirement in many schools. Thus, triple accreditation is limited to some universities.