“Financial Times” ranks Thunderbird No. 1 in International Business for fifth straight year

January 31, 2011

Thunderbird also lands No. 7 for Corporate Social Responsibility

Thunderbird School of Global Management has once again been ranked No. 1 in International Business by the Financial Times in its annual worldwide ranking of full-time MBA programs.

This is the fifth year the Financial Times has included an International Business specialty in its annual look at the world’s best MBA programs, and Thunderbird has landed the No. 1 position every year. This year, the school ranked ahead of University of South Carolina Moore; Georgetown University (McDonough), Insead, and Hult International Business School. which rounded out the top five respectively. Thunderbird landed the No. 7 spot in this year’s Corporate Social Responsibility category, up three spots from its No. 10 debut last year.

 “These two rankings are testament to the school’s success in carrying out its mission to educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide,” said Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera. “At Thunderbird, we believe global leaders must not only have the business skills and global mindset to succeed in today’s complex international marketplace but also a clear understanding of the important role business plays in society at large.”

Thunderbird has been one of the world’s foremost advocates of business ethics, corporate responsibility and oaths of honor for business school graduates and managers worldwide. In 2004, Thunderbird became the first business school in the world to incorporate a professional Oath of Honor for its graduates. Thunderbird’s oath, which made headlines following the financial crisis, has been the benchmark from which students from other schools, like Harvard, have developed their own oaths.

Thunderbird also played a key role in developing the United Nations Global Compact “Principles for Responsible Management Education,” which serve to strengthen the role of business schools in promoting ethics and corporate social responsibility..

Thunderbird made the Financial Times’ general list of the top providers of full-time MBA programs. The school is ranked No. 68 on the top 100 list of schools around the world.