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The Schools Rising to the Challenges of Today's Business Environment

One of the most exciting things about today's business environment is the ever-increasing collaborative opportunities that technology is bringing to the table. This has only been accelerated by the Covid pandemic, which has necessitated a complete rethink of the concept of how we conduct meetings, how we contribute to projects or products and how we interact with our subordinates, peers, and managers. It is now apparent that the accepted model of a company requiring its employees to commute to a shared office to 'work' is not necessarily the most productive or efficient way of deploying its workforce. 'Work' can now potentially be conducted from anywhere and at any time, meaning increased flexibility for employees, and in many cases increased output due to the lack of 'down time' commuting or having to take time off for domestic commitments that can now be managed simultaneously with office duties.

Less reliance on physical presence at offices has also opened opportunities for employees who are not located in the same geographical area as a company to join the workforce – something that was not generally regarded as feasible previously. The downside of this more open and more all-encompassing work environment? Increased competition for positions. So now that business has gone truly 'global', how do you make sure that your resume makes it to the top of the HR managers inbox? The single, most effective way of accomplishing this is by getting a degree from a good business school.

As companies all over the world have been redefining their collaborative paradigm to meet the new reality we now inhabit, the best business schools have been innovating and honing their educational tools to make them accessible an effective for the vanguard of tomorrows business leaders. Read more about some of the leaders in the field below.

Leading Business Schools in Asia 2021

Located in South Asia's culturally vibrant and historic city of Lahore, Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is the top business school in the region. SDSB resides at the intersection of innovative business practices, economic growth, and societal advancement. The School's mission is to advance ethical and thoughtful leadership, influence practice and policy through knowledge generation, and offer its students a transformational learning experience.

Established in 1986, SDSB is Pakistan's first business school to have received the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International accreditation. Initially modelled on Harvard Business School's teaching philosophy, SDSB stresses case-based learning and holds the largest case study database in Asia. This is combined with the School integrating experiential learning within its programmes with class input from industry leaders and access to a distinguished global alumni network. With a large proportion of the faculty trained at established global universities, cutting-edge research at the School supports management thought and the advancement of organisational practices closely tied to societal betterment.

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Leading Business Schools in Asia 2021

Canada's Leading Business Schools 2021

Strategically placed as the economic gateway to the Pacific Rim, Vancouver boasts a growing digital economy that hosts major tech companies such as Facebook and Amazon, along with the being the birthplace to homegrown tech platforms Slack, Hootsuite, Clio and Thinkific. In 2021, the U.S. News Best Countries Ranking ranked Canada as the #1 country in the world for quality of life and social purpose.

UBC Sauder is a world-leading research institution that has achieved AACSB accreditation since 2003 in recognition of its ability to offer the highest standards of business education. It offers degrees at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD level, diploma programs, professional development courses, a Real Estate Division, the Ch'nook Indigenous Business Education initiative and much more.

Maclean's magazine has ranked UBC as having the #1 business program in Canada for 2021, a position it has held for the past four years. UBC Sauder also offers the #1 Masters in Management program in Canada and the #3 Master of Business Analytics program in Canada, according to the QS Business Masters Rankings 2021.

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Leading Business Schools in Europe 2021

Last year, Russia's only private business school, SKOLKOVO, placed in the Financial Times Executive Education Rankings for the first time, making its debut already at 44<sup>th place for custom programmes and 62<sup>ndfor open-enrollment.

According to the Financial Times, the school has reconfirmed its position this year, allowing it to place in the Business School Rankings: Executive Education Custom and Open Directories 2021.

SKOLKOVO is always looking to the future, introducing innovations and modernising programmes in line with the interests of its students. Throughout the 2020 pandemic, not only did the school not cancel a single programme, it even launched eight new online and hybrid open-enrollment programmes, all while offering 101 programmes for corporate clients.

At the same time, beyond modern technologies, the school also places a great deal of emphasis on having a unique teaching staff. SKOLKOVO is dedicated to attracting talented individuals, potential leaders, poised to become the driving force behind the transformation of Russia and the world.

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Located in the beautiful and historic city of Bath, the Bath MBA gives students the edge with its focus on practical experience. Designed with input from global employers, the full-time programme features the unique Multi-Project Suite (MPS), replacing the traditional dissertation. With the MPS students complete four different projects, applying what they've learned to a range of business problems with a variety of organisations. The MPS includes individual and group work in topics like leadership, entrepreneurship, change management and consulting. Students will creatively solve real business challenges while gaining real-world project work to add to your CV.

With 30% of the curriculum being customisable, students can focus on developing the most beneficial skills for their chosen industry. Whether they want to accelerate, progress or change their careers, the Bath MBA can help them achieve their ambition.

'The Bath MBA multi-project suite means you're ready to go with work.'

Luxon Kalonga – current Full-time MBA student

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Leading Business Schools in the Middle East 2021

The University of Balamand has a distinguished tradition of quality education in Lebanon and the region. The beautiful central campus sits on top of a green hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea on the west and Mount Lebanon on the east. The university provides state-of-the-art technologies, interactive classrooms, spacious athletic facilities, and a well-endowed library system with access to rich databases, online journals and other relevant information services. More pertinently, it is populated by exceptional people interacting in the context of a stimulating multicultural environment.

The Faculty of Business and Management at the University of Balamand is home to a host of relevant undergraduate and graduate degree curricula that are in-tune with a constantly evolving marketplace. At the undergraduate level, it offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and a Bachelor of Science in Economics (BSE). At the graduate level, it offers five programs, among them a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA).

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Leading Business Schools in the Middle East 2021

USA's Leading Business Schools 2021

The Welch College of Business & Technology dynamic core curriculum infuses business courses with technology, and vice versa, and makes ample use of SHU's world-class experiential learning spaces, including the iHub coworking space; prototyping, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity; a finance lab with Bloomberg terminals; a student incubator space.

The school offers a rigorous business program that harnesses management theory, communication skills, time-management, global perspectives and networking savvy to ensure graduates have both desirable job prospects in an array of fields and an aptitude for lifelong learning to keep pace in the increasingly digitized world.

It is more valuable than ever for innovators to hold a vast skill-set to effectively create solutions as digital technologies disrupt business models and blur product lines. Sacred Heart University's Jack Welch College of Business & Technology (WCBT) is a "pioneer" in the integration of business and technology, recognizing that every facet of business is quickly changing in how we communicate and learn, create and consume and work and do business.

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The Executive Women's Master of Business Administration in The Women's College of Brenau University is designed to catapult talented women to the next level of their careers. This program is specifically designed to equip and promote women who are already successful in the workplace but looking to advance to the C-suite. The Executive Women's MBA is flexible, combining cohort and independent learning through online experiences and extended weekend residencies at financial and commercial centers in the US and around the world. Brenau's approach guarantees an ideal networking environment with faculty, peers and thought leaders, forging relationships that support and guide students throughout their careers.

Brenau's Executive Women's MBA features courses, content and conversations that address specific challenges facing women in their careers. Course material, including case studies and real-life situations, is reinforced with guest speakers who are successful and accomplished women leaders.

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In the heart of St. Charles sits the campus of Lindenwood University. Rooted in tradition and lined with linden trees, the historic campus was founded as a women's college in 1827. From its foundation, Lindenwood has always sought to advance education and to be progressive in educating citizens for the future. Through the years, Lindenwood has grown into a vibrant institution welcoming over 7,000 students in undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs. Lindenwood's rich history laid a foundation for the forward-thinking happening at the institution, which incorporates strategic partnerships, a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a focus on developing for the future.

Leading these efforts is the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Entrepreneurship (PCBE) at Lindenwood University. With a myriad of strong undergraduate and graduate offerings, the college provides students with real-world, industry experience which empowers graduates to achieve real success in their careers.

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The Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University is among the leading business schools in the world offering degrees in accounting, business data science, economics, finance, international business, luxury brand marketing & management, management and marketing. Minors are offered in entrepreneurship & innovation, professional sales and sustainability management.

Not only is their business program AACSB International accredited, it is focused solely on undergraduate education and experiences, and students get a well-rounded perspective only available at a national liberal arts university.

Global and intercultural competency are highlights of their program, with 100% of students studying away from campus. The school guarantees you can complete an internship in a foreign country. Their business students have landed internships in over two dozen countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, South Africa and Spain. Where do you want to go?

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George Fox University's newly redesigned part-time MBA allows students to finish in just 14 months.They know time is a precious commodity, and that students have big aspirations for their careers. That's why they take the best of industry knowledge and practice to equip attendees to lead with integrity, bravery and wisdom – and offer an accelerated format that allows you to complete their degree quickly.

Honing expertise with certifications in business analytics or project management. Completely optional, but definitely worth student's time, these certifications can serve as that extra line item on a resume that helps applicants outshine their competition.

Now more than ever, businesses are looking for leaders who bring a holistic approach to leadership – one that combines professional competence with character and courage to build a stronger business community. In short, they are looking for trusted leaders.

Students in every program in the College of Business report a high degree of satisfaction. Eighty-four percent of MBA students surveyed over the past five years gave high marks to the program's quality and value. Nearly 90 percent of current DBA students report that they are satisfied or highly satisfied with their DBA education.

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Traditionally the first stone laid for a structure, a cornerstone is the reference point for which all other stones are laid. At the Monte Ahuja College of Business, their undergraduate programs, graduate programs, continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities and community outreach programs all work to build and support Northeast Ohio businesses.

As Cleveland's only public university, the school provides fundamental business knowledge that enables their diverse student population to build their careers, take them to the next level and positively impact the organizations they serve. They transform lives through the power of business education.

The school's location in downtown Cleveland provides unique proximity and interaction with the business community. They support the Northeast Ohio business community by creating and advancing business-ready talent, impactful business knowledge and foundational community engagement.

The Monte Ahuja College of Business holds accreditation in both business and accounting from AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Less than 5% of the world's business schools have earned this accreditation, widely considered a hallmark of excellence in business education.

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As industries across the United States work to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Xavier University's (SXU) Graham School of Management (GSM) is preparing strong leaders needed to guide businesses toward rehabilitation and success. Improving operations, modifying business models and reshaping strategic direction will be critical for driving business forward in a post-COVID world.

Founded in 1983, GSM provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates taught by expert faculty who provide a comprehensive, innovative curriculum matched with experiential learning to prepare business students for gainful employment. As a Mercy institution, Saint Xavier has educated students to serve compassionately with curriculum informed by ethical and moral teachings and traditions for 175 years. With distinguished accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), GSM prepares both undergraduate and graduate students to become business leaders with personal, professional and service excellence, well-equipped to meet the challenges of the changing fields of business and management.

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