Kellogg maintains No. 1 rank

Sheila Burt

For the second consecutive year, Kellogg Graduate School of Management was named the top business school in the world by an international publication — a feat Kellogg students and officials attribute to the school’s cooperative atmosphere.

Kellogg was ranked the world’s best business school for its master’s of business administration program in an international ranking by Economist Intelligence Unit, a division of The Economist magazine. The report, published last week, ranks the 100 best full-time MBA programs in Asia, Europe and North America. Kellogg’s Executive MBA program also remained No. 1 in BusinessWeek’s 2003 biannual rankings of the best business schools.

For the top world spot, Kellogg beat out business schools at No. 2 Dartmouth College and No. 3 Stanford University on The Economist’s list.

Kellogg Dean Dipak Jain said remaining No. 1 for the second year is a result of the school’s strong foundation and the communication between students, faculty and administrators.

“When it happens twice, it just confirms that Kellogg really cares about its people,” Jain said. “People care about the students. The whole place is really well run.”

He added that the school’s emphasis on mutual respect and its students’ ability to execute team projects quickly distinguishes Kellogg from other schools.

The Economist’s rankings are determined by student comments and survey data provided by the business school. The surveys look at the school’s ability to provide students with career and networking opportunities. In contrast, BusinessWeek determines its list by evaluating more than 4,000 surveys sent to recent alumni and 64 Executive MBA Council program directors.

Maren Lau, president of Kellogg’s student government, said the rankings by both national and international publications reflect Kellogg’s global leadership.