Businessweek ranks Thunderbird #1 in international business

December 24, 2012
Thunderbird also earns No. 5 spot for Most Global Student Body

(GLENDALE, Ariz.) December 24, 2012 — Thunderbird School of Global Management has been ranked No. 1 in international business by Bloomberg Businessweek in its 2012 Best B-Schools ranking. Thunderbird also holds the top spot for international business in the Financial Times and U.S. News & World Report business school rankings.

Bloomberg Businessweek surveyed MBAs from the Class of 2012 about specific aspects of their school’s business program and used the results to create nine specialty area rankings including international business. This is the first time that Bloomberg Businessweek has released this specialized business school ranking.

Thunderbird earned the top spot in that category, followed by INSEAD, IMD, London Business School and Georgetown (McDonough).

Further cementing Thunderbird’s excellence in global business education was its No. 5 ranking for most global student body.

Since Thunderbird’s inception in 1946, the school has focused exclusively on educating global leaders in the intricacies of international management and remains firmly at the forefront of this management specialization. Thunderbird has been ranked #1 in the world 6 consecutive times by the Financial Times and 17 consecutive times by U.S. News & World Report.

“Thunderbird continues to be recognized for international business because that’s all we do. We are global. It’s not part of what we offer. It’s everything we offer,” said Thunderbird President Larry E. Penley, Ph.D. “The DNA of Thunderbird is distinct; its ethos is unique. Our faculty members, on average, speak three languages; most have lived and worked outside their country of birth. Our students represent the world’s diversity of language and culture. And the alumni network is the strongest of any school I know. With more than 170 chapters in 148 nations, working abroad after graduation is made far easier by an already established social and support network.”

Thunderbird also made Businessweek’s general list of the top providers of full-time MBA programs. The school is ranked No. 45 on the top 100 list.

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