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Nottingham MBA now at its highest Corporate Knights ranking


The Nottingham MBA has risen six places in the Corporate Knights Better World Top 40 MBA ranking. This is the highest position that the Nottingham MBA has ever achieved in this ranking.

The MBA currently ranks fifth globally, a six-place rise from 2019, and third in the UK for sustainable management education and faculty research in the 2020 ranking.

Corporate Knights, based in Toronto, is the world’s largest circulation magazine that focuses on sustainable business. Its Better World MBA Ranking has an 18-year history of evaluating the extent to which MBA programmes integrate sustainability knowledge and skills into business education.

The Better World MBA Ranking recognises MBA programmes that have the dedication to and focus on sustainable development. It aims to amplify the work currently being carried out in MBA programmes around the world to advance the notion of and practice of clean capitalism.

Nottingham University Business School has a long history of teaching and research leadership in responsible business and sustainable finance, and was among the first UK business schools to champion the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management (PRME). The School continues to be in its fourth cycle as a UN PRME Champion School, and is committed to educating future business leaders to take both an ethical and sustainable perspective on business practices and growth.

All Nottingham MBA students take a core course, Sustainable Decisions and Organisations, that focuses on the role of different business stakeholders in achieving economic and environmental sustainability. A wide range of practitioners are involved and students present their sustainable strategy to a board of business leaders as well as to journalists in a press conference.

Dean of Nottingham University Business School UK, Professor Duncan Angwin said: “Our global ranking at number five illustrates our capacity to deliver critical, contemporary and responsible business education. It acknowledges and rewards our fundamental mission to develop forward thinking leaders who bring ethical, inclusive and creative capabilities to their management practice.  Being placed in the top echelon of business schools situates Nottingham as one of a global handful of business schools that deliver advanced management education with a clear view of emerging leadership paradigms for a changing world. In terms of teaching, research and practice, NUBS has been recognised as working at the very pinnacle of its sector while working to influence sustainability as a vital consideration in organisational practice, institutional improvement and governmental policy to empower markets to foster a better world. It is our privilege to support our students, their organisations and their communities to seek better, more sustainable ways of working now and into the future.”

Dean of Nottingham University Business School Malaysia, Dr Lau Chee Kwong, said: “We are very pleased by this recognition in the latest Corporate Knights Better World MBA ranking. This is a testament to the teaching and research efforts of all colleagues at the School. At Nottingham University Business School Malaysia, where the MBA is in its 20th year, and in Singapore where the MBA has been offered since 1998 with the University’s overseas partner institution PSB Academy, we are proud to have led the way in incorporating societal and ethical perspectives of business practice within our MBA curriculum.”

Nottingham University Business School MBA

Nottingham University Business School has campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, with the MBA programme offered in the UK, Malaysia, and the University’s overseas partner institution in Singapore, PSB Academy. MBA course members in each location – UK, Malaysia and Singapore – have the option of taking up to two approved modules delivered in any of the other locations, offering opportunities for a truly global study experience. Students also have the opportunity to participate in an overseas study tour organised each year. 

Find out more about the Nottingham MBA at and at our online MBA Preview sessions is on 3 December 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm, register here.

About Corporate Knights

Founded in 2002, Corporate Knights Inc. includes the sustainable business magazine Corporate Knights and a research division that produces rankings and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance, including the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. Corporate Knights was named Magazine of the Year in 2013 and won the SABEW Canada Silver Award for Investigative Reporting in 2019.

Corporate Knights MBA Ranking.


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage, consistently ranked among the world's top 100. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our 44,000 students - Nottingham was named both Sports and International University of the Year in the 2019 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, was awarded gold in the TEF 2017 and features in the top 20 of all three major UK rankings. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally.

Posted on 25th November 2020

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