11 Mar 2021   |   Network Updates   |   Update from Esade
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Esade ranked best Spanish university for business management


For the second consecutive year, Esade ranked 21st best university in the world for specialised undergraduate management education.

Esade is once again ranked as the best Spanish university to study business management degrees (and 21st in the world) in the QS World University Rankings by Subjects – which is published annually by the TopMBA and TopUniversities portals. For Gerard Costa, associate dean of the bachelor in business administration at Esade, this is an important recognition of an innovative teaching model: ‘which provides students with a unique educational experience that combines academic rigour with a practical approach, and a permanent connection with business’.  

The Esade methodology, which is shared by the Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) and the Double Degree in Business Management and Law, focuses on three fundamental pillars: collaborative teamwork; project development; and the flipped classroom. The current situation has also led to the development of a hybrid format. ‘The best online and offline training tools provide students with total immersion in the subject thanks to a novel internalisation, development, and integration of concepts’, added Costa.

The Esade Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) currently has 429 students enrolled from 43 different countries. The four-year course generates a great cultural diversity that enriches learning and the programme can be studied entirely in English or bilingually (with a progressive increase in English).

The QS rankings by subject consider academic reputation, employability, productivity, and the impact of academic publications.

Employability and business connections

Some 95% of Esade BBA students find work within three months of graduation, chiefly in consulting (48%), consumer goods (19.2%), financial services (9.6%), commerce (8.8%), and technology (8%) – and in European countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, and Spain.

This high level of employability is due to strong programme connections with the business world, both in the classroom, where many professionals participate, and numerous real cases are studied, and outside the classroom with various workshops and events organised by the Esade Careers service. Thanks to an innovative methodology, the programmes combine rigorous academic training with intense experiential learning in which in-house case studies stand out – with prestigious companies organising competitions every year in which students are presented with real cases to solve.

‘Esade graduates have a versatile, flexible, and creative profile – as well as great analytical, communication, and negotiation skills that enable them to develop transformational initiatives and take on key responsibilities in the world of business management’, Gerard Costa concluded.

This article was first published on 4 March by Esade.

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