UNSW Business School

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UNSW Business School
UNSW Business School logo.png
Established 2006
Type Public
Academic staff
Students 12,000+
Affiliations University of New South Wales and Australian Graduate School of Management
Website business.unsw.edu.au
Quadrangle Building housing the Faculty of Business
Faculty building

The UNSW Business School at UNSW Australia, previously known as ASB, is one of Australia’s leading business schools. In 2007, UNSW’s faculty of Commerce and Economics merged with the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) to form the Australian School of Business (ASB).[1] In July 2014, Australian School of Business was officially renamed as UNSW Business School.

The Faculty of Commerce had been enrolling students since 1957 [2] and the AGSM since 1977.[3]

There are 42 programs offered at the UNSW Business School, including 26 undergraduate and 18 specialist masters degrees, as well as 6 AGSM MBA and executive programs.


The leading university rankings consider the UNSW Business School to belong to the world's top 100 business schools. The QS World University Ranking 2013 ranks the UNSW Business School on position 23 worldwide. The Times Higher Education World Universities Ranking 2013-2014 ranks University of New South Wales on position 40 worldwide for Social Science (of which UNSW Business School constitutes a major part at the University of New South Wales).

The full-time MBA program is ranked 1st in Australia and 48th globally by the Financial Times (2013).

The UNSW Business School has achieved the highest possible Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) scores for fields including Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, and Marketing.

The UNSW Business School is currently placed the 10th in the world for Accounting and Finance by the QS World University Ranking by Subjects 2014.

The School of Information Systems, Technology, and Management is ranked on position 2 in Australia and position 36 worldwide in Information Systems according to the Venkatesh Ranking 2008-2012.

The School of Economics has been ranked in the top three economics research institutions in Australia by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc).


In 2013, the UNSW Business School had 12,238 students enrolled, of whom 6,374 are undergraduates and 5,467 are postgraduate students (44.67%).

(4) 35% of all UNSW Business School students are international students, with the largest proportion of international students coming from China and Hong Kong.


The UNSW Business School is currently led by Dean Chris Styles, who became Dean of the ASB in July 2014. Professor Mark Uncles is the Deputy Dean, Faculty, and Professor Chris Styles is the Deputy Dean and Director AGSM.

It is advised by its Business Advisory Council, comprising 51 industry leaders and chaired by Nicholas Moore, CEO and Managing Director of Macquarie Group Ltd.

There are eight disciplinary schools within the UNSW Business School, in addition to the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Professional accreditation[edit]

The UNSW Business School was awarded EQUIS accreditation in June 2010. It has also been awarded accreditation from AACSB International.

Its programs are also accredited by professional bodies in most disciplines, including:

  • CPAAustralia
  • Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand (CAANZ) (formerly known as Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, ICAA)
  • Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)
  • Institute of Actuaries of Australia
  • Institute of Actuaries (London)
  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
  • Australian Computer Society (ACS)
  • Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS)
  • Australian Marketing Institute (AMI)

It is also a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education(PRME).

Alumni and Industry Links[edit]

There are more than 70,000 UNSW Business School graduates working around the world. The School is known for its strong industry links and business network,and it runs regular events, such as Meet the CEO, for alumni and business leaders (5). UNSW Alumni include:

  • David Gonski, Chairman ANZ & Coca-Cola Amatil. Former Chairman Australian Future Fund, Investec Bank Australia & ASX Limited.
  • Nicholas Moore, CEO Macquarie Group
  • Matthew Grounds, CEO UBS Australasia
  • Scott Farquhar & Mike Cannon-Brookes, Co-CEOs and Founders Atlassian
  • Mark Bouris, Executive ChairmanYellow Brick Road
  • Peter Switzer, Switzer Financial Group
  • John Haddock, CEO CHAMP Private Equity
  • Roger Corbett AO
  • Dr Philip Lowe, Deputy Governor RBA
  • Catherine Harris AO, Chair HarrisFarm Markets

BusinessThink is an online business publication produced by the UNSW Business School in partnership with Wharton. It has 80,712 subscribers, and is Australia’s first research-based online business publication. It won the prestigious IABC Gold Quill Award in 2012 for strategic communication.

In 2012, the UNSW Business School provided 204 students with scholarships, adding up to a total value of $2,003,508. Additionally, 72 students received prizes valued at a total of $33,600.

External links[edit]


(1) FinancialTimes MBA rankings http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/global-mba-ranking-2013

(2) https://ideas.repec.org/top/top.australia.html

(3) Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) http://www.arc.gov.au/era/

(4) Business School Pocket statistics https://www.business.unsw.edu.au/About-Site/Documents/pocketstats-2014.pdf

(5) http://www.businessreviewaustralia.com/business_leaders/australias-top-business-schools-2013

(6) https://www.business.unsw.edu.au/news-events/news/knowledge-at-asb-international-award