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Owen School ranked 24th in rankings of top business schools by the Financial Times

Jan. 22, 2002, 2:31 PM

January 22, 2002

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt’s Owen School Graduate School of Management was ranked the 24th best MBA program in the world and 19th among those in the United States in rankings of business schools by the Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business publications.

This is the fourth year that the Financial Times has ranked MBA programs, and Owen has moved up in the rankings each year. In 1999, the school was ranked 32nd; in 2000, it was 27th; and, in 2001, it was tied for 24th with the University of Texas at Austin, now in 40th place, and Iese in Spain, now tied for 25th place. Among U.S. schools, Owen was in 20th place last year.

“This is excellent news,” said Owen Dean William G. Christie. “I wish to congratulate all faculty, students and staff on their tremendous work, which has resulted in this outcome.

“We find ourselves in some impressive company,” Christie added. “The University of North Carolina is 20th, Carnegie Mellon is 21st and the University of Michigan is 23rd; then Georgetown is 26th and the University of Maryland is 29th,“ he said.

In selecting its top business schools around the globe for 2001, the Financial Times looked at career progression (the degree to which alumni have moved up the career ladder, measured through changes in level of seniority and the size of the company where they are employed), placement success, diversity among the student body and the school’s quality of research.

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