Financial Times Ranks Moore School No. 1 in the World for International Course Experience

The Financial Times ranked the International MBA program at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business 77th in the world and 39th in the United States in their annual Global MBA Ranking. The Moore School International MBA is also ranked number one in the world for international course experience, the Financial Times released Monday. 

In these rankings, the Moore School students’ international immersion experience abroad placed it ahead of all MBA programs globally. The ranking was calculated using the most recent graduating MBA class’s completed exchanges, research projects, study tours and company internships in countries other than where the school is based and where students are from. 

The Financial Times also ranked the Moore School International MBA program number 2 for international mobility and number 8 for salary percentage increase among U.S.-based MBA programs.  The international mobility ranking is based on alumni citizenship and the countries where they worked before their MBA, at graduation and three years after graduation. The salary percentage increase assesses the average difference in alumni salary before the MBA to now.

“It is gratifying that the Darla Moore School of Business has been recognized as a top global MBA program and as the number one program for international course experience in the 2017 Financial times rankings” said Dean Peter Brews. “The Moore School continues to innovate in how we prepare students for work in markets around the world. We are working to ensure our graduates have both a global mindset and the hard and soft skills necessary to make effective decisions as a business leader in the global marketplace.”

“Through the integration of international immersion, language development, global business exposure and the study of contextual intelligence, our students develop the business acumen needed to learn about and lead within rapidly changing business cultures and markets,” said Kendall Roth, senior associate dean of international programs and partnerships at the Moore School. “These are the skills any future executive will need to navigate a rapidly changing and uncertain world. We are honored with Financial Times’ recognition of our leadership in preparing global business leaders through a dynamic international curriculum.”

This deep international immersion is achieved through the Moore School’s International Marketplace Immersion (IMI), which includes language immersion, the Globalization and the International Context of Business course taken while students are in country, and a corporate internship. IMI begins with language immersion in-country where each student participates in an immersive language training program offered by the Moore School in partnership with an in-country institution. Through this program, students increase their language fluency to a level sufficient to participate in business and social conversations. In addition to classroom work, students are given assignments to practice language and to immerse themselves in the life and culture of the city and country where they are studying.

The Globalization and the International Context of Business course gives students an understanding and appreciation of the many unique market dynamics that provide the context that must be considered when making business decisions in a specific international region. 

Some students leverage the International Marketplace Immersion to secure corporate internships with international companies in the region of their language training. Other students seek internships or projects with multinational corporations based in the United States. Contextual Intelligence assignments continue during the internship or a consulting project to provide both a process for learning and support for an enhanced experience. 

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading news organizations, recognized globally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The Financial Tines provides a broad range of essential services, including news, comment, data and analysis, to a growing audience of internationally minded professionals.

The Darla Moore School of Business is among the highest-ranked business schools in the world for international business education and research. Founded in 1919, the school has a history of innovative educational leadership, blending academic preparation with real-world experience through internships, consulting projects and study-abroad programs. The Moore School offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees, as well as distinctive executive education programs. In 1998, the school was named for South Carolina native and New York financier Darla Moore, making the University of South Carolina the first major university to name its business school after a woman.

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