Rankings released: QS International Trade Rankings 2023

International trade rankings

Today marks the launch of the QS International Trade Rankings 2023 – in partnership with the Hinrich Foundation – a first-of-its-kind ranking designed to evaluate universities and business schools on their capacity to prepare students for a career in global trade.

Institutions are accessed on their programme content, including cross-border trade, policy, logistics, finance and cross-cultural leadership and soft skills. You can learn more about the context and rationale behind this new and innovative rankings in our latest blog: Coming soon: QS International Trade Rankings.

Who are the top-performing institutions in the QS International Trade Rankings 2023?

The top-ten performing institutions in this year’s rankings are:

1. Arizona State University, Thunderbird School of Global Management, US

2. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

3. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), Nanyang Business School, Singapore

4. University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Carlson School of Management, US

5. University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, UK

6. University of California, UCLA Anderson School of Management, US

=7. Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business, US

=7. City, University of London, Bayes Business School, UK

=7. Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, US

10. KEDGE Business School, France

Arizona State University, Thunderbird School of Global Management, US, takes the top spot in the QS International Trade Rankings, having received an overall perfect score of 100 for its Master of Global Management, as well as for several individual indicators including its programme content, programme delivery and its environmental, social and governance record.

Other notable performances within the top 10 ranked institutions include 99.9 attained by Stanford University for its research, and a high score of 96.8 for the University of California, UCLA Anderson School of Management, for its graduate outcomes.

Half of the top 10 institutions received perfect scores for their programme delivery.

Which countries performed the best in the QS International Trade Rankings 2023?

The US is the most represented country among the top-performing institutions in this year’s QS International Trade Rankings – with a staggering 38 institutions featured in the top 100, 20 in the top 50 and five in the top 10.

The UK is the next most represented country – with 17 institutions featured in the top 100, 9 in the top 50 and two in the top 10.

India has 15 institutions featured in the full rankings, with France and China (Mainland) both represented by 10 institutions this year.

How are institutions assed for the QS International Trade Rankings?

In order to be assessed for the QS International Trade Rankings, institutions must offer a master’s programme which teaches international trade. Eligible institutions are then assessed according to their performance in seven key areas:

– Trade programme content

– Graduate outcome

– Industry engagement

– Innovative teaching

– Reputation

– Programme delivery

– Research

The full set of indicators and sub-indicators for the QS International Trade Rankings and their weightings, as well as links to full descriptions, can be found here: QS International Trade Rankings key indicators.

Dr Drew MacFarlane, Rankings Manager at QS said:

“For this inaugural ranking, employing a bespoke methodology, is intended to begin a conversation with our sector on which institutions are truly elevating trade education.

“Edition one is our call to the market to engage with us, provide sector-driven feedback and help us deliver a truly informative ranking to students wishing to enter or progress in this vital and exciting career path. We expect the methodology to change in response to this calibration in future editions.”

Our latest webinar, QS International Trade Rankings – concept, methodology, insights, is now available and provides detailed insights and explanation on the rankings from those behind its development:

Access our latest webinar: ‘QS International Trade Rankings – concept, methodology, insights’

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