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W. P. Carey School recognized among best

October 27, 2010

Two newly released lists applaud the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University for being one of the best business schools around. The highly regarded Financial Times newspaper just announced it ranks the school’s executive MBA program in China as No. 28 in the world. In a new publication, the Princeton Review gives the school high marks and says it has a growing reputation throughout the country.

The Financial Times is Britain’s equivalent of The Wall Street Journal, with more than a million readers. The business publication’s new global rankings name the W. P. Carey School of Business executive MBA program in Shanghai among the top 30 EMBA programs in the world and one of the top two executive MBA programs affiliated with any public U.S. university. The program is also ranked among the top six in China.

“We have one of the most prestigious EMBA programs in China because we have students who are senior-level executives and government officials in charge of policymaking that can influence millions of people,” says Professor Buck K. W. Pei, associate dean of Asia Programs at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “This new ranking reflects the growing importance of China as a marketplace for business knowledge and our important role in supplying expertise. It also reflects the vision of Arizona State University for global engagement. The relationship between the U.S. and China is critical right now, especially when it comes to issues such as climate change, preventing nuclear proliferation, and returning the global economy to a path of stable growth. It’s exciting that alums of our Shanghai program are among the drivers leading the transformation of the Chinese economy on these issues, as well as monetary and trade policies.”

Students in the W. P. Carey School program in Shanghai have included three vice governors of China’s major provinces and four vice mayors of Shanghai -- a city with the population of a whole country at 19 million. Other high-profile students have included the CEO of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, several bank chairmen, the chairman of Shanghai Airlines, the CEO of Baosteel and the deputy commissioner of the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

The new ratings from the Princeton Review are featured in the company’s book “The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition.” The book, based in part on student surveys, calls the W. P. Carey School of Business an excellent value for its cost, with cutting-edge classes, a good peer network, happy students and solid preparation for general management in the work world. The school received a 90 academic-experience rating and a 96 admissions-selectivity rating on a scale where the absolute maximum is 99.

“I am pleased that more and more organizations and employers that track what business schools deliver globally are recognizing the world-class quality of the faculty and graduates of the W. P. Carey School of Business,” says the school’s Dean Robert Mittelstaedt. “We will continue to make progress for Arizona and the global business community.”

The W. P. Carey School of Business also offers a top-quality executive MBA program in the Phoenix area, which was recently ranked No. 13 in the world by The Wall Street Journal. U.S. News & World Report ranks the school’s full-time MBA program, evening MBA program and undergraduate program all Top 30 in the nation. For more information about the school, visit