University of Edinburgh Business School
2008 – as UEBS
|Head of School||Ian Clarke|
|Affiliations||AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB|
The University of Edinburgh Business School (known as the University of Edinburgh Management School until 2008; abbreviated as UEBS) is the business school of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The university has offered business education since 1918, and the MBA degree since 1980. The business school is closely tied to the University of Edinburgh, which received its royal charter in 1582.
In 1916, the University was encouraged by the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce to consider instituting a degree suitable for study by its members. And so, in 1918, the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) was launched. A year later, the Chair of Accounting and Business Method was founded, the first such Chair in Scotland. Originally part of the Faculty of Arts, these initiatives led to the creation of the Department of Business Studies and the Department of Accounting and Business Method. The BCom degree survived until the start of the 21st century before giving way to the Master of Arts (Scotland) (MA) in Business Studies.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) was first offered in 1980, followed by the Part-time MBA in 1984. Since then, over 3,500 students from a wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities and business specialisms have completed these programmes. The first Master of Science (MSc) was launched in 1996. In August 2010 the School relocated to a nearby building located at the heart of the University campus. This state-of-the-art building houses all school staff, features eight lecture theatres, multiple syndicate rooms, an executive education suite and a cafe. It represents an investment of £17 million by the University. Beyond the School and the University, Edinburgh itself has a wide array of venues, both historic and contemporary.
At the UEBS, eight research centres and institutes were established. UEBS offers a wide range of business-oriented degrees at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A strong focus is put on the following fields of research:
- Accounting and Finance
- Management Science and Business Economics
- Strategy and International Business
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Organisation Studies
Besides financial management, the UEBS has a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship and hosts several business plan competitions. Courses and lectures are held in cooperation with the Edinburgh-Stanford Link, at which leading entrepreneurs and venture capitalists come to provide advice and insights into their areas of activity. Since 2005, the E-Club promotes entrepreneurial activity and supports new venture creation.
UEBS's faculty has ties with other leading business schools including:
- École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées Paris, France and Shanghai, China (jointly with Tongji University)
- Fisher College of Business, Ohio, USA
- Fuqua School of Business, North Carolina, USA
- Kellogg School of Management, Chicago, USA
- IPADE, Mexico, Mexico
- Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
- ESSEC, Cergy (near Paris), France
- Schulich School of Business, Toronto, Canada
- Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland
- Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney, Australia
- EADA Business School, Barcelona, Spain
- Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
UEBS's alumni network numbers around 10,000 members in over 120 countries. The students are advised and trained by the Edinburgh Careers Service team in career, personal development and soft-skills issues.
- Chris Beard, (MBA) CEO of Mozilla
- Susan Deacon, (MBA) Former Health Minister in the Scottish Executive, now Professor of Social Change at Queen Margaret University.
- Christopher Lovelock, (BA and MA Econ) previously adjunct professor of marketing at Yale School of Management – Authority on Service management
- Chris Montgomery, (MBA) ex-CEO of mp3.com Europe
- Frank Mulholland, (MBA) Lord Advocate of Scotland
- Sir Brian Stewart, ex chairman of Scottish & Newcastle and ex chairman of Standard Life;
- Sir David Tweedie, (BCom and PhD) ex-Chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)
- Daniel S. Harrop, (MBA) Member of the Board of Directors of the Brown University Medical Alumni Association
Accreditation and Ranking Data
UEBS is accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. This gives the Business School triple crown accreditation and thereby it joins an elite group of the top 1% of global Business Schools. Some selected rankings are shown below:
- 98 in Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2016
- 79 in The Economist Which MBA Rankings 2015
- 90 in The Economist 2014 Global MBA Rankings
- 87 in Financial Times Global MBA Rankings (average 2010-2012)
- 59 in Financial Times Best European Business School Rankings (average 2012-2014)
- 30 in Financial Times Masters in Finance Rankings in 2015 up 3 places from 2014 ranking 
- 61 in Financial Times Masters in Management Rankings (average 2011-2013)
- 61 in Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings (average 2006-2008)
- The University of Edinburgh Business School tartan is registered under the Scottish Register of Tartans, STA ref: 6107
- List of business schools in Europe
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- "History". UEBS. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
- "Facilities". UEBS. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
- "Research Centres". UEBS. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
- "Research Clusters". UEBS. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
- "E-Club". Retrieved 2014-01-06.
- "Alumni". UEBS. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
- "Edinburgh Achieves AACSB Accreditation and Joins the Top 1% of Global Business Schools". UEBS. Retrieved 2014-05-22.