Friday 18 October 2019

Irish universities fail the test for global business leaders

John Harvard bronze statue on the campus of Harvard University.
John Harvard bronze statue on the campus of Harvard University.

Katherine Donnelly Education Editor

IRISH universities have failed to land a single spot in the world's top 100 when it comes to turning out chief executives of global companies.

The latest higher education league table ranks the best places to study if you want to become CEO of one of the world's largest corporations.

The elite Harvard University in the US takes the number-one spot in the inaugural Alma Mater Index.

But Irish universities don't feature among the top 100 all.

The index ranks the universities that have educated the most current CEOs of the Fortune Global 500, an annual list of the top 500 corporations worldwide as measured by revenue.

It has been compiled and published by the UK-based 'Times' Higher Education Supplement, which publishes other university rankings during each year.

The table provides interesting reading for those who are setting their sights on becoming tomorrow's top executives.

Many international company leaders have multiple degrees, including MBAs. Of the Fortune Global 500, 113 hold an MBA, while 53 have been awarded a doctorate.

A 'Times' Higher Education spokesperson said while most CEOs attended university in their home country for their first degree, the large proportion went on to study for a master's, MBA or PhD degree, and many of them travelled abroad to do so.

According to the list, 25 of the CEOs of the Fortune Global 500 2013 have at least one degree from Harvard University, or 5pc of the total. In second place is the University of Tokyo, with 13 or 3pc.

The US dominates the top 100 with 38 institutions, second is China with 15 institutions. Japan has nine, France has eight, Germany has five and the UK has four.

Irish Independent

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