Cranfield School of Management’s MBA has been named as one of the top 20 programmes in the world for entrepreneurship by the Financial Times.

The results were compiled from a combination of statistics and information from recent graduates. The MBA’s ranking for entrepreneurship climbed 25 places from 2017 to be ranked 18th in the world, one of the highest climbers in this year’s rankings.

Dr Stephanie Hussels, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Cranfield School of Management, said: “This success recognises the entrepreneurial nature of Cranfield students, the support that we give our students in developing their own businesses and reinforces the importance of education for entrepreneurship.”

Cranfield has placed an increasing emphasis on entrepreneurship across the University, with activities such as Venture Day, Wednesday Business: Enterprise Talks and StartUp Weekend being led by the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship, under Dr Shai Vyakarnam.

StartUp Weekend provides a safe space for fledgling business ideas to be developed and pitched to experienced mentors, with the aim of finding the most viable business opportunities.

Participation at the weekend is open to PhD, MSc and MBA students, as well as potential start-up companies from outside the University, where they are encouraged to assess issues such as technology-readiness, cash flow and market need.

Dr Andrew Angus, Director of Cranfield School of Management’s MBA programme, said: “We are delighted that the Cranfield MBA continues to go from strength-to-strength and remains one of the leading programmes of its type in the world. Today’s ranking reflects the emphasis that we have placed on entrepreneurship over the last few years, with entrepreneurship now being a key component of the MBA programme.”

About Cranfield University

Cranfield has been a world leader in management education and research for over 50 years, helping individuals and organisations learn and succeed by transforming knowledge into action. We are dedicated to creating responsible management thinking, improving business performance and inspiring the next generation of business leaders. We work to change the lives of our students and executives by encouraging innovation and creative thinking, as well as the drive to succeed and make a real impact on their organisations.

Organisations as diverse as Jaguar Land Rover, BAE Systems, Royal Dutch Shell, L’Oréal, UNICEF and the African Development Bank have benefited from our work, which ranges from management research projects, through staff talent management development on our MBA courses, to customised executive programmes.

Cranfield is one of an elite group of Schools worldwide to hold the triple accreditation of: AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (the Association of MBAs).

We are in the Top 10 International Business Schools in the Forbes’ ranking.

Our open and customised executive education programmes are ranked in the top five in the UK, according to the latest Financial Times survey, and in the top ten in the world for international reach. Over 10,000 people come to Cranfield each year to benefit from our executive and professional development programmes.