Posted Wednesday 4 October 2017
Kingston University has been named among the globe's top 200 institutions for business and economics education in the newly published Times Higher Education World University Rankings subject tables.
The sector-leading publication ranked the University in the 176-200 banding globally and 31 in the United Kingdom in the business and economics category area of the 2018 global rankings, which recognises the academic prestige, research excellence and teaching environment provided to undergraduates.
Students embarking on business degree courses at Kingston Business School are given the opportunity to spend up to nine months gaining professional or research experience, studying overseas or starting their own business. The integrated programmes are designed to ensure graduates enter the workplace with the vital hands-on experience employers are seeking.
Elsewhere the University's economics courses, part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, provide undergraduates with the opportunity to learn from experts at the cutting edge in their field - studying both traditional and alternative approaches to economics, including those developed in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis.
Being named among the world's top 200 providers of business education in the prestigious annual rankings reflected the school's global reputation and the emphasis placed on developing graduates ready to hit the ground running when they enter the workplace, according to Faculty Dean Professor Ron Tuninga.
"This international recognition for Kingston Business School demonstrates our commitment to providing students with the best possible global research and work opportunities as well as excellent teaching, all designed to give them the best start in their budding careers," he said.
"The strong links we have founded with leading companies both home and abroad are a key part of our business readiness programmes, which give students invaluable experience while still completing their degrees within three years."
Kingston Business School was awarded international accreditation by the AACSB last year - an accolade earned by just five per cent of the world's business schools. While the University's entrepreneurial expertise has led to it being rated one of the top institutions in the country for graduate start-ups in the Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey for eight years running.
The Times Higher ranking success was the latest international accolade for the University's economics provision, after it was named in the top 150 institutions in Europe for the subject area in the prestigious annual QS World University rankings earlier this year.
Providing budding economists with the opportunity to learn about a wide range of economic theories - from mainstream and pluralist approaches - was key to giving them the chance to develop a real understanding of global economic issues, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Professor Simon Morgan Wortham explained.
"Our students learn from leading international economists and researchers, which is vital when it comes to critically examining why the world is where it is economically and indeed politically," he said.
"By building strong collaborations with partners across Europe and the globe, they are able to debate the different schools of thought and different economic systems.
"We're open to these discussions, allowing our students to form their own opinions on traditional and non-traditional approaches and how they want to interpret contemporary world economics - providing them with the knowledge and broader skills that they need for the future, not least in their careers."
Last month, Kingston University's international outlook was highlighted as a strength in the overall institution tables of the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings. Some 1,102 universities from 77 countries around the world were featured in the global rankings, which judge institutions across a range of key areas including teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook, citations and industry income.