The Economist Again Names UVA Darden School No. 1 Education Experience in the World

14 October 2016

By Dave Hendrick

The Economist has once again — for the sixth consecutive year — named the University of Virginia Darden School of Business the No. 1 education experience in the world.

The accolade is part of the publication’s annual Which MBA? 2016 global ranking of the Top 100 full-time international MBA programs.

The Economist also named Darden the No. 3 MBA program in the world.

“Being named the best education experience in the world is a significant achievement,” said Dean Scott Beardsley. “These rankings continue to validate the hard work and commitment of our students, alumni, faculty and staff as we seek to reach the full potential of our mission to produce global and responsible leaders who change the world.”

The Darden School’s transformational learning environment features faculty renowned for their teaching excellence, a supportive and engaged student body and a dynamic alumni network. Students emerge from Darden as agile, lifelong learners who are uniquely prepared to act decisively and responsibly and to step forward into leadership roles and improve the world.

Other rankings in The Economist’s Which MBA? list include:

  • No. 3 for “Personal Development and Educational Experience”
  • No. 5 for “Open New Career Opportunities”
  • No. 8 for “Student Rating of Alumni Effectiveness”

The Economist’s ranking takes into account a number of factors that are central to the Darden mission, including student and alumni experience and career advancement.

The ranking is comprised of four categories: opening new career opportunities (35% weighting), personal development and educational experience (35%), increasing salary (20%) and the potential to network (10%). See the full methodology here.

Data collected from the schools also include the number international students, registered alumni and active alumni branches or chapters.

The top five schools in The Economist’s Which MBA? 2016 rankings are:

  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
  • University of Virginia Darden School of Business
  • Harvard Business School
  • Stanford University Graduate School of Business
About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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