SIX GRADUATE programs of UST got higher ratings in an annual survey of the world’s top business schools.

Paris-based agency Eduniversal selected the top business schools from a pool of 12,000 programs—master of arts (MA), master of sciences (MS), and master of business administration (MBA)—and categorized them into 30 topics.

Only two Philippine schools made it to the top 100 master’s programs for entrepreneurship.

From 99th place in 2011, UST’s MBA in Entrepreneurship improved to 82nd spot in 2012, but still trailed behind Asian Institute of Management’s Master in Development Management, which ranked 62nd. Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands was declared the top school for its entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing program.

For the communications category, UST’s MA in Communication went up to 9th place in 2012 from 10th place the previous year, ahead of University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman’s MA in Communication Arts and De La Salle University’s Master of Marketing Communications, which stayed at the 17th and 21st places, respectively.

Thirty schools in the Far East Asia region made it to the top 200 list for communications, with Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology’s MBA in Information and Media still on the top spot.

UST’s Master of Public Administration landed on 17th place for the engineering and project management topic, followed by UP Diliman on 21st place.

Last year, UST was the lone Philippine school in the top 40 schools in the Far East Asia region, with its MS in Management Engineering program landing on 39th place.

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Also, UST is the only Philippine school that made it in the 2012 rankings for economics and public administration categories, with the MA in Economics still at 14th place out of 40 schools in Far East Asia Region. In 2011, UST was joined by UP’s Master in Development Economics at 30th place.

The Master of Public Administration program of UST placed 23rd, six notches down from the 17th place in 2011 in the public administration category. UP Diliman’s program, which previously ranked 20th, did not make it to this year’s survey.

UST improved in the Human Resources Management topic, with its MS in Human Resource Management ranking 10th—from 14th place in the previous year—among 20 schools in the Far East Asia region, UP’s Master of Industrial Relations slid to 15th from 10th place in 2011. DLSU’s Master of Science in Industrial Relations Management also went down to 17th from 15th the previous year.

Eduniversal has been ranking the best 4,000 master’s programs sorted into 30 specializations since 2010.

Countries ranked in the Far East Asia region include Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Brunei.

An international scientific committee composed of nine members of the geographic regions—Africa, Central Asia, Western Europe, North America, Far East Asia, Oceania, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East—and two representatives of SMBG-EdUniversal, evaluated and ranked the best business schools in the world. International human resources professionals and students of the 1,000 business schools also participated in the survey. Cez Mariela Teresa G. Verzosa

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