UBC Sauder's sustainability education highlighted in 2019 Better World MBA ranking

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Posted 2019-11-08

Sustainable business magazine Corporate Knights has released the 2019 Better World MBA ranking, their annual ranking of business schools with the most sustainability-focused MBA programs, and UBC Sauder has ranked 27th in the world.


UBC Sauder's full-time MBA program curriculum, offered through the Robert H. Lee Graduate School, exemplifies the school’s core principle of a global reputation for excellence in innovation and social impact. It reinforces sustainability, ethics and responsible leadership, and the faculty encourages students to incorporate these pillars as key components of the business decision-making process.

“As the climate emergency alarm bell sounds and social tensions threaten to unravel the compact on which capitalism depends, The Better World Business Schools are at the forefront of a sea change in business education focused on preparing tomorrow’s business leaders to be a force for good,” said Toby Heaps, CEO of Corporate Knights.

To determine the ranking, Corporate Knights evaluated 146 business schools around the world, up from 141 in 2018. Programs were evaluated across five key performance indicators: the number of sustainability-focused articles in peer-reviewed journals and citations, the number of core courses that incorporate sustainable development topics, research institutes and centres devoted to sustainable development issues and faculty gender and racial diversity in the business school. 

A sustainability focus is just one of the advantages of a UBC Sauder MBA however: with tech giants like Facebook and Amazon setting up shop in Vancouver in recent years, the Vancouver area is quickly becoming a hotbed for tech careers. And as Darren Dahl, senior associate dean and director of the Robert H. Lee Graduate School tells Business Because magazine in a recent interview, the UBC Sauder MBA program’s new careers track in technology and analytics leadership is giving MBA students the digital skills they need to be tomorrow’s tech leaders.

“Understanding tech is the new cost of entry to employment in many ways,” Dahl notes in the article. “The world is moving very quickly in the direction of analytics and big data—this is something you need to have experience or affinity with.”