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MBA program ranked No. 5 in worldwide survey

by Dennis Brown

October 15, 2005

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The MBA Program in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame is ranked No. 5 worldwide in a survey announced today by the Aspen Institute and World Resources Institute.

Titled “Beyond Grey Pinstripes,” the biennial survey evaluated the effectiveness of full-time MBA programs and faculty in preparing students for business issues related to social and environmental stewardship.

“To be competitive, corporations need to recast social and environmental problems as business growth opportunities,” said Jonathan Lash, president of the World Resources Institute. “Top-ranked ‘Beyond Grey Pinstripes’ schools are leading the way in providing students with the skills that are becoming increasingly valuable to business’ bottom line, including searching for innovative technologies and entrepreneurship opportunities around climate change, water scarcity, labor issues, and poverty alleviation.”

Notre Dame’s MBA Program was praised for offering a large number of courses that address social and environmental issues in business, and also for the relatively large proportion of students who actually enroll in these elective classes. Notre Dame also received the highest score among the top 10 schools for relevant research published by faculty members in leading peer-reviewed journals.

“Ethics and values are part of the founding mission of Notre Dame and the Mendoza College,” said Carolyn Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the College. “No education can be considered successful if individual character becomes a side-issue, and contribution to society is regarded as optional.”

The “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” report identified the top 30 business schools among 600 full-time MBA programs worldwide.

The World Resources Institute is an environmental think tank that seeks practical ways to protect the Earth and improve society. The Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program is dedicated to developing leaders for a sustainable global society.

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