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Paul Merage School ranks high among U.S. institutions

The Financial Times places UCI’s business school among best in nation

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: January 29, 2013 02:45 PM

UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business has been recognized by the Financial Times as one of the top business schools in the U.S. The Financial publication’s Global MBA rankings identified the local school’s full-time MBA program as the 26th in the U.S., and 54th worldwide.

The ranking also identified the Merage School as the No. 1 school for percentage of women faculty and women students, and No. 5 in the country for students employed within 90 days of graduation, at 94 percent placement. The school is 9th among U.S. public universities in the U.S. and places at the to 5 percent of accredited business school programs.

“It’s rewarding to see our work recognized through these results,” said Tom Kozicki, the Merage School’s executive director of MBA Career Services. “Several years ago we made a conscious strategic decision to provide our students with additional resources to help them successfully manage the interview process, secure strong post-MBA positions and career management guidance and training. The Financial Times ranking this year indicates that these efforts, and the hard work of our students, have made a difference.”

The Financial Times is a global business news and information organization, with an average print and digital readership of 2.1 million worldwide. The publication annually ranks graduate business schools and MBA programs according to three factors: an alumni survey; an examination of the school’s placement, international orientation, gender diversity, doctoral rank and percentage of faculty with doctorates; and faculty research.

Andrew Policano, dean of the Paul Merage School, said the report identifies progress in the school’s goal of becoming a globally recognized public university and research-based business school.

“We have made a commitment to our students to provide the highest quality MBA education possible. Our faculty, students, staff and the business community have provided us with invaluable feedback on how we can continue to improve our curriculum and resources to better meet the demands of our students and the employers that hire them. We listened closely and we implemented many suggestions,” Policano said. “This ranking clearly illustrates the value of this open dialog and sets the stage for future successes at the School.”

Other Southern California schools to make the ranking are UCLA’s Anderson School (23 global, 13 U.S.), USC’s Marshall School (82 global, 41 U.S.), and UC San Diego’s Rady School (95 global, 47 U.S.).

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