Full-time MBA ranked in Top 15 globally for aspiring entrepreneurs
The Durham Full-time MBA has been ranked as the 6th best in the UK for entrepreneurship, and 13th best globally, in this year’s Financial Times ranking.
Published today, the ‘Top MBAs for Entrepreneurship’ ranking identifies the world’s top 50 business schools for creating and supporting entrepreneurs. Assessment criteria includes; the number of MBA alumni who launched companies after graduation and the number of those ventures which are still operating, and the educational, financial and practical support the school has provided in launching and growing their ventures.
Durham University Business School has also been ranked 1st for the proportion of female entrepreneurs amongst its alumni, another of the ranking’s assessment criteria.
Dr Julie Hodges, Associate Dean for MBA Programmes at Durham University Business School says,
“Our MBA provides a challenging and transformational experience for aspiring entrepreneurs. In a global environment where the world of work is being impacted by velocity trends, it is vital that MBA students gain the capabilities to work in an entrepreneurial agile way in order to improve the effectiveness of organisations or to help them to build their own companies.”
Durham University Business School’s MBA programmes have been redesigned in recent years to better cater to students’ career aspirations. The School offer a range of sector-focused Specialist Pathways for MBA students to follow alongside core modules, which build sector specific skills and knowledge, and connect students to their industry of choice through lectures, visits and projects with industry experts.
Students can choose between Pathways in consultancy, technology or entrepreneurship.
Dr Joanna Berry, Leader of the Entrepreneurship Pathway says,
“The Entrepreneurship Pathway provides a fantastic opportunity to get the world of business in front of our students and, equally, to get our students out into the world of business. By bringing in a range of experts; nationally and internationally renowned self-made entrepreneurs as well as those just embarking on their journeys, family business entrepreneurs, corporates and inventors all add real life stories to the theories taught in class.”
Students on the Entrepreneurship Pathway also benefit from connecting with business angels, venture capitalists and other experts from legal, networking and other support services who can help to guide their start-up plans.
The School also offers students the opportunity to extend their studies by three months in order to complete either an internship in their chosen sector or, for the entrepreneurially-minded, receive support in developing their business plans.
This is the first year that Durham University Business School has been included in this particular ranking, however the School’s Full-time MBA programme was recognised by the Financial Times in the Global MBA ranking in the top 100, and the UK top 10 earlier this year.