Financial Times ranks NUS Business School's Executive MBA programmes 5th and 17th globally

  •  UCLA - NUS Executive MBA retains 5th position
  • NUS Asia Pacific Executive MBA climbs nine places to 17th

21 October 2013--Media OutReach--Singapore -- The National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School's double-degree programme with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has retained its position at fifth in the world, while the School's Asia Pacific Executive (APEX) Master of Business Administration (MBA) climbed nine places to 17th in the Financial Times' (FT) Global EMBA Rankings 2013.


The two EMBA programmes fared well in several categories on which their overall rankings are based.


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Alumni of the UCLA -- NUS EMBA programme reported enjoying a high average annual salary of US$243,677 and better career progression, reflecting the value and premium that employers place on graduates of the programme. The UCLA -- NUS EMBA jumped from 57th to 14th place for Career Progress.


Meanwhile, the programme moved up two places to third for International Course Experience, demonstrating the global learning and networking opportunities it offers. It also continues to be ranked eighth for its participants' Work Experience, a measure of the seniority of previous jobs and an indication of student quality.


Targeted at senior executives, the UCLA -- NUS EMBA is one of the few  EMBA programmes in Asia in which more than 50 per cent of participants fly in from other continents for their six two-week segments, which are held in Singapore, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Bangalore. This accommodates the demanding schedules of busy executives from around the world, while enabling them to earn two world-class degrees at the same time.


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Asia Pacific Executive (APEX) MBA

NUS Business School's Asia Pacific Executive (APEX) MBA, taught in both English and Mandarin, also scored several improvements. Its participants saw post-graduation salary increases of 68 per cent, up from 62 per cent last year.


APEX MBA alumni reported an average annual salary of US$235,567, the highest among graduates of single-degree EMBA programmes in Singapore. The APEX MBA also climbed from 24th to 18th for its participants' work experience. 


The APEX MBA, which is also targeted at senior executives, has teaching segments in various countries such as India, Indonesia, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia and Vietnam.


"We are greatly encouraged by our performance on the Financial Times EMBA rankings. Together with the recently-released Forbes MBA league tables, which placed us at second in the world for non-US two-year MBA programmes, the rankings are global recognition of our efforts to continually enhance our teaching and curriculum. We are also heartened to see our fellow Asian business schools ranked among the best in the world. This is a further indication of Asia's growth and emergence," said Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor, NUS Business School.


The FT's 2013 EMBA rankings are based on a survey of the Class of 2010. More information can be found at


About NUS Business School The National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School is known for providing management thought leadership from an Asian perspective, enabling its students and corporate partners to leverage global knowledge and Asian insights. The school has consistently received top rankings in the Asia-Pacific region by independent publications and agencies, such as The Financial Times, Economist Intelligence Unit, and QS Top MBA, in recognition of the quality of its programmes, faculty research and graduates. In the 2013 Financial Times Global Rankings, the NUS MBA is ranked 36th, while the UCLA – NUS Executive MBA and Asia-Pacific Executive MBA are ranked 5th and 17th respectively. In the biannual Forbes rankings for two-year MBA programmes, NUS Business School is ranked top in Singapore and Asia, and second among business schools outside the United States. The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has also ranked the school first in Asia and 8th in the world for accounting and finance. The school is accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), and is a member of the GMAC Council, Executive MBA Council, Partnership in Management (PIM) and CEMS (Community of European Management Schools) – endorsements and affiliation with organisations of high repute in the education circle that the school has met the highest standards for business education. For more information, please visit

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21 Oct 2013

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