International business and supply chain management have joined entrepreneurship in top 20 spots on the U.S. News "Best Graduate Schools for 2012" list released this week.
All the John Cook School of Business programs have moved up the rankings ladder since last year's report.
The international business program was ranked No. 17, up from No. 18 last year. The undergraduate international business program was ranked No. 12 in the most recent U.S. News "America's Best Colleges" edition. SLU is the only school in Missouri currently ranked on both lists.
The Boeing Institute of International Business has been a pioneer and leader in international business education for more than 20 years, developing a comprehensive program and integrating global business coursework with foreign language, foreign culture and study abroad initiatives.
Seung Kim, Ph.D., director of the institute, said the need for global business education for professionals working in the business world and for future leaders currently in the classroom, has continued to grow during the past two decades.
"We knew economic borders would dissolve and business would become truly international; thus, an international business education was not only valuable, but vital to our students' success in their chosen careers," Kim said.
Kim added that the vision was recently validated by a report just released by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) that recommends all accredited business schools integrate globalization into their core curriculum.
Supply Chain Management Program Moves Forward
Ranked No. 16 this year, up from No. 20 last year, SLU's supply chain graduate program is educating both current business leaders and preparing students for the global marketplace that will be a significant part of their future careers.
From suppliers to purchasing management, logistics and transportation, and inventory management and information technology, supply chain management is an important tool in today's marketplace.said Ik-Whan Kwon, Ph.D., director of the University's Center for Supply Chain Management.
"Companies without a good supply chain infrastructure face stiff competition in the market against those like Wal-Mart, Dell and others who are using it effectively," Kwon said.
Kwon stresses the importance of actively supporting academic and curriculum development as well as workshops and certificate programs and connections with top businesses to promote the best supply chain methods.
"Our center is one of the very few in this country that synchronizes academic programs with industry leaders such as Ameren, the Boeing Company, Nestle-Purina, Energizer and World Wide Technology to name just a few," Kwon said.
"As a result, our programs -- academic as well as training -- became relevant and useful in creating value for the corporate America."
Entrepreneurship Earns Distinction in U.S. News Rankings
Saint Louis University's MBA in entrepreneurship climbed to No. 13 in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools for 2012" rankings.
The listing comes on the heels of the most recent U.S. News "America's Best Colleges" edition, which rated the University's undergraduate entrepreneurship program No. 14 in the country.
No other program in Missouri is ranked in the top 15 for both undergraduate and graduate education. No other Jesuit university can claim the distinction either.
Jennifer Ehlen, interim director of SLU's Center for Entrepreneurship - which supports both academic programs - said that the achievement is even more noteworthy given that there are more than 2,000 colleges and universities teaching entrepreneurship in North America.
"This is great news," she said. "The ranking reaffirms our belief in the importance of entrepreneurship education. Our continued rise in rankings can be correlated to our increased efforts to develop future entrepreneurs in the region and around the country."
Founded in 1987, SLU's Center for Entrepreneurship, located in the John Cook School of Business, has become a national leader in developing and delivering innovative programs to promote entrepreneurship through education.
About the Boeing Institute for International Business
Established in 1984, the Institute offers a breadth of global business resources for students, alumni, the business community, faculty, government and professional organizations. For more information, visit the institute's website.
About the Center for Supply Chain Management
The Center for Supply Chain Management Studies has been established to train and educate the users of the various tools of the supply chain activities (supplier relationships, purchasing management, operations and inventory management, logistics and transportation, and quality measurement, along with supply chain and information technology). For more information, visit the center's website.
About the Center for Entrepreneurship
Founded in 1987, the Saint Louis University Center for Entrepreneurship was first of its kind in Missouri, and among the first 25 in the nation. Guided by a mission to deliver and develop world-class entrepreneurship education for all, the Center is a two-way bridge between academia and the business community. For more information, visit the center's website.