These are Asia’s mightiest business schools

From Singapore to China, these are some of Asia’s best business schools for an MBA.

By U2B Staff 

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Are you scouring the web for the best business school? Perhaps it might be time to look East.

Several top Asian business schools are giving their western counterparts a run for their money. 

Asia is among the most affordable destinations for an MBA; Asian business schools have also been climbing leading business school rankings.


The region is also home to several financial hubs with a wealth of career opportunities. McKinsey predicts that Asia will account for more than half of the world’s economy in years to come. 

These are some of the top Asian business schools, according to the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2021:


Location: Singapore

INSEAD — ranked first on the FT’s list — is synonymous with France, but it also houses a campus in the Little Red Dot. This business school boasts of a multicultural classroom, with some 80 nationalities represented in their MBA programme.

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

Location: China

CEIBS is China’s only business school to originate from government-level collaboration. It has campuses in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Accra in Ghana, and Zurich in Switzerland.

The School offers MBA, Finance MBA, EMBA, Global EMBA, Hospitality EMBA, DBA (Switzerland), and several executive education programmes. It was the first business school on the Chinese mainland to be accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB, notes its website.

National University of Singapore Business School

Location: Singapore

NUS Business School offers programmes such as an MBA, Executive MBA, MSc, PhD and exec-ed courses. It notes on its website that admission to NUS Business School is highly competitive.

At 14 on the FT list, their MBA programme is ranked above the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and even IMD Business School.

HKUST Business School

Location: Hong Kong

HKUST Business School was established in 1991, making it among the youngest Asian business schools.

Their full-time MBA programme is 16 months long and includes internships and overseas exchange. Alternatively, students can opt for the 12-month accelerated track. They also offer part-time MBA programmes, with classes held weekly or on a bi-weekly mode.


Indian School of Business

Location: India

According to their website, ISB received accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), making it the 100th school in the world to achieve the “triple crown” of accreditations from AMBA, EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 

It also has academic alliances with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, London Business School (LBS) and MIT Sloan School of Management and The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University.

According to the FT, graduates can expect to earn an average salary of US$161,349 – a 173% increase from pre-MBA salaries.