Durham University Business School
|Motto||Leading Business Thinking|
|Affiliations||AACSB, AMBA & EQUIS|
Durham University Business School is the business school of Durham University and is located in Durham, England. Established in 1965, it holds triple accreditation (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). It is currently ranked between 9th and 75th in the world for its MBA and MSc programmes by the Financial Times, The Economist and the Expansión.
The University's Department of Economics and Finance and the Foundation for Small and Medium Enterprise Development merged with the business school in 2002 to become the School of Economics, Finance and Business, more commonly known as Durham University Business School.
The university holds full UK degree-awarding powers which are audited by the UK's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Additional recognition for courses in the business school is provided by accreditation with several organisations at the national and international level, such as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business of the United States – AACSB, the European Quality Improvement System in Europe – EQUIS, and the Association of Masters of Business Administration of the United Kingdom – AMBA.
Rankings and reputation
The Wall Street Journal Accelerated MBA Rankings, which lists the Top 15 Schools, ranked Durham University Business School 14th in the world and 2nd in the UK in 2009. The rankings placed Durham University Business School ahead of Oxford Business School and Cambridge Business School. 
In 2017, the Financial Times ranked the Online MBA 9th in the world, the Master's in Finance 51st in the world, the Master's in Management 47th in the world and the Global MBA 75th in the world.
The Economist ranked the MBA 57th in the world (4th in the UK) in 2017. The rankings placed Durham University Business School ahead of Oxford Business School. The Economist ranked Durham University's Master's in Management 27th in the world in 2017.
The Durham Global MBA was also placed 11th in the world and 5th in the UK by the 2015 QS Distance Online MBA Rankings, while the Executive MBA was ranked 49th in the world by the 2013 Economist EMBA Ranking.
- Expansión– Mexico's leading business magazine – ranked the full-time MBA 63rd internationally and the Executive MBA 48th in 2017.
- Ranked 15th in the world in Top Business Schools Internationally Known by EDUNIVERSAL's International Scientific Committee in 2008.
Durham University Business School provides courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Undergraduate courses include Bachelor's degrees in the fields of economics, finance, business, marketing and accounting. Postgraduate degrees are offered in management, marketing, finance and economics, including MBA, MA, MSc, DBA and PhD. Courses are offered in full-time, part-time and distance learning formats.
Durham University Business School has more than 200 research students. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 95 per cent of the Business and Management Studies research at Durham University was assessed as being at least of International Quality (2* and above) in terms of originality, significance and rigour. This positions the school 19th in a total of 90 schools within the business and management sector (based on the Grade Point Average score) in Great Britain. In the last external assessment of teaching quality by the QAA, which reviewed economics and finance, the school was awarded a maximum score of 24/24.
The school's research centres and groups are diverse and extend across geographical and cultural boundaries.
Visiting academics – past and present – include:
- Guangjing Cao, chairman of the China Three Gorges Project Corporation (CTGPC) on the Yangtze River.
- Glenn Carroll Stanford University and Columbia University, specialist on Population Ecology
- Jack Cohen, specialist in complexity and chaos theory
- Kenneth Davies, senior economist and head of global relations, OECD.
- Werner De Bondt DePaul University, specialist in behavioural finance
- John Doukas Old Dominion University specialist in mergers & acquisitions, and asset price anomalies
- Robin Gilchrist, vice president, Alcatel-Lucent
- David Gravells, former chairman of the Association of MBAs of United Kingdom
- David Greatbatch, former academic of Oxford University and XEROX Research Laboratory, Cambridge
- Chris Greensted, associate director (quality services) of EQUIS
- Mike Hannan Stanford University, specialist on population ecology
- Sir Roger Jackling, KCB, CBE, former head of The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom
- Gregory Koutmos Fairfield University specialist in asset pricing and volatility
- Ehud Lehrer, Bar Ilan University, specialist on game theory;
- Grigor McClelland, former director of Manchester Business School
- Bill McKelvey, professor of strategic organizing and complexity theory at the UCLA Anderson School of Management
- Ray Rist, adviser, World Bank, Washington D.C.
The business school has extensive links with companies, organisations and academic institutions. In particular the business school is engaged in research with:
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)
The school's academic network includes:
- Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China
- Fudan University, Shanghai, China
- Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
- Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management, Marseille, France
- Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France
- EBS University of Business and Law, Germany
- University of Mannheim, Germany
- WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany
- University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- University of Pisa, Italy
- University of Trento, Italy
- University of Udine, Italy
- University of Tokyo, Japan
- BI Norwegian School of Management, Norway
- Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia
- Institute of Business Studies (IBS-Moscow), Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Russia
- Lund University, Sweden
- University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
- Korea University, Seoul, South Korea
The school has around 25,000 alumni from over 150 countries worldwide. The following individuals are alumni (listed by first name order and qualifications with year of graduation if known)
- Andrew Thorburn, MBA(Distinction), CEO of the National Australia Bank and former CEO of Bank of New Zealand
- Anwar Choudhury, MBA, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh
- Barry Rowland, MBA (1997), Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands
- David Collins, MBA, Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda; Ambassador to Burundi, Eritrea and Somalia; and Permanent Representative to the UN Organisations based in Nairobi
- Finlay Scott, chief executive of the General Medical Council, United Kingdom
- Grahame Maxwell, MBA, chief constable of North Yorkshire Police, United Kingdom
- James Averdieck, BA in economics (1988), founder and former managing director of Gü
- Judith Ozcan, MBA, director of debt markets, capital for Enterprise UK
- Kerryann Ifill, MBA, president of the Senate, Barbados
- Killick Datta, MBA, founder, president and chief executive officer, Global Brand Marketing Inc, United States of America
- Michael Shearer OBE, MBA (1996), Deputy High Commissioner, Freetown, Sierra Leone
- Nigel Phillips, MBA (1997) Governor of the Falkland Islands
- Norman Lacy, MSc, Minister for Educational Services and Minister for the Arts, Government of Victoria, Australia
- Paul Madden, MBA (2002), British High Commissioner to Australia
- Ron Emerson, MSc, non-executive chairman with Fairfield Energy, UK
- Tony Newton, DBA (2014), president and board chair, British Dental Health Foundation and International Dental Health Foundation
- Will Greenwood, BA in Economics (1994), English rugby union player in the 1990s and 2000s
- Zandile Mbele, MBA, executive with Public Sector for Internet Solutions, South Africa
- Joseph Stiglitz DCL – recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979) – honorary doctor of Durham University Business School
In January 2002 Professor Tony Antoniou was appointed as the sixth dean of the business school. He was suspended in October 2007 after allegations of plagiarism. In March 2008 Antoniou was dismissed by the university for misconduct.
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