Like this time last year, I had a quiet year when the Financial Times released their annual MBA rankings. This year we climbed three places to 13th, our highest ranking since 2008.
We organised a lunch-time session where I went through the rankings methodology. It was telling that staff outnumbered students almost 2 to 1 at this session, which showed that students aren’t too bothered when your school does well.
While it was heartening to see the school do well in the rankings, I was particularly happy that students and alums did not go overboard in terms of celebrating the ranking. As I have consistently said, the rankings are volatile and many years, myself and my counterparts would be at a loss as to explain why our school went up or down in the rankings.
Most importantly, we have to recognise that rankings do measure factors that might not be directly relevant to MBAs. And that we do not want to be led by rankings to the point where we lose our soul.
In the meantime, I am going to enjoy the quiet for now.