Despite the forced temporary shift to remote teaching prompted by coronavirus, MBA students are demanding more than ever in terms of teaching facilities. The pandemic has served to strengthen the importance of in-person interactions, and when students are at business schools they expect the very best facilities available.
In response, many schools are opening plush new campuses or renovating existing facilities, in spite of the growth in popularity of online education and financial constraints on their operating budgets during the pandemic. Recently, Spain’s IE Business School opened a new tech-based urban campus in the heart of Madrid’s financial district. The 180-meter tower provides over 50,000 square meters of multi-use space.
Elsewhere, the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has opened a $201m campus building spanning 315,000 square foot. New York City’s Columbia Business School, meanwhile, is opening a new campus after receiving a $75m donation to fund construction.
One important factor for students is environmental sustainability, to reduce concrete use and source materials locally to reduce the carbon emissions of transport. We have looked at teaching facilities in a broad sense, not just buildings, based on ratings from current MBA students and alumni in wider business school rankings.
It is perhaps surprising that the highest overall ranked institutions do not necessarily score the best on teaching facilities. Of course, a plush campus is just one factor for prospective students to consider when weighing up which MBA programs to apply to.
The Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, scores the highest for its teaching facilities in The Economist’s MBA ranking for 2021. The business school is located at the center of the University’s historic and beautiful campus, so it fosters a collaborative learning, teaching and working environment for students, faculty and staff.View School Profile
The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is one of the largest business schools in US. MBA students can attend any of ASU’s four metro Phoenix campuses using free shuttle buses, giving them access to a massive network of resources and connections. The historic Tempe campus is home to 12,300 students from across academic disinclines in a thriving metropolitan area with lots to do and see.View School Profile
Another institution rated highly for the quality of its teaching facilities is the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. Goodes Hall, the home of Smith School of Business, combines a fully restored 45,000 square foot 120-year-old Victorian schoolhouse, with 143,000 square feet of new structure. It was designed not just as a building, but also as a community.View School Profile
The Indian School of Business is a private business school with two parallel campuses, one in Hyderabad and a new campuses in Mohali. Both campuses are located in tranquil settings and are described by students as self-contained oases with open fields and lush greenery. The Mohali campus sprawls over 70 acres with good amenities and facilities.View School Profile
IMD Business School is based on the shores of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland. The inspiring lake and mountain views and active outdoor life add to the overall student experience. IMD puts a strong emphasis on creating a strong learning environment with its fully-equipped study rooms, video-conferences facilities, kitchen area and power-nap room along with sports facilities.View School Profile
Leeds University Business School is based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The school is accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS and is currently housed in four structures, which include a beautifully renovated 19th century building. They all come equipped with state-of-the-art lecture theatres, seminar rooms and computer clusters. There are also boardroom facilities, trading rooms, cafes and a roof terrace.View School Profile
Copenhagen Business School in Denmark is primarily located in four modern buildings in Frederiksberg, close to the center of Copenhagen. Many of the programs are housed at Råvarebygningen, previously the raw materials storage building occupied by Royal Copenhagen Porcelain company. Each facility has a unique architectural style and atmosphere with computer facilities, rooms for group work and cafes.View School Profile
Spain’s IESE Business School has two campuses in Madrid and Barcelona. The campus in Madrid is situated on 19,000 meters of park-like grounds with excellent facilities: multimedia technology in the classrooms, conference areas, dining halls, a library and underground parking. In addition, the school is upgrading the campus with new facilities that will expand capacity by 50 percent with an investment of €52m.View School Profile
EDHEC is a leading a French business school with has five campuses: Lille, Nice, Paris, London, and Singapore. The Lille campus is eco-friendly, entrepreneurial and within easy access of the city. The campus welcomes 4,000 students each year and provides cutting-edge equipment such as the digital networked library and trading room. It’s also the headquarters of the school’s startup incubator.View School Profile
The Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, in Ireland, has a historic and intimate campus located in the seaside town of Blackrock, 10km south of Dublin City Center. The campus itself is beautiful and there are a wide range of services and facilities available to students, including a library housed within a 19th century chapel.View School Profile