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Haskayne MBA ranks in world's top 10 in sustainability

University of Calgary provides cutting-edge sustainability programs and seminars
October 18, 2016

For the second consecutive year, the MBA offered at the Haskayne School of Business ranked among the world’s most sustainable MBA’s, according to the 2016 Better World MBA Ranking by Corporate Knights.

Of the 123 programs around the globe that Corporate Knights examined, the Haskayne MBA placed at number nine, higher than the business schools at Harvard, Stanford and Oxford. Only two business schools in Canada ranked higher than Haskayne.

“Business schools have a major role to play in preparing the leaders of the future to solve the people-planet-prosperity equation. We are pleased to see the depth of high-quality sustainability research being led by faculty at the Haskayne School of Business," said Toby Heaps, CEO of Corporate Knights.

Eligible programs are assessed on the number of core courses related to sustainability (which includes corporate responsibility and ethics), institutes and centres devoted to the field, and faculty research related to sustainability produced in the last three years. The ranking is designed to be objective, transparent, and encourage participation. 

“It is an honour to receive this high ranking. It shows that when it comes to studying and understanding sustainability, Haskayne is among the world’s great business schools,” said Jim Dewald, Haskayne’s dean.

At Haskayne, MBA students may choose to specialize in various areas, including: Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development. Courses on sustainability have included: Strategies for Sustainable Development, Rediscovering Leadership – The Haskayne Wilderness Retreat, and Carbon Economy: Market to Finance.

The Centre for Corporate Sustainability at Haskayne also invites students and community members to attend The ConocoPhillips IRIS (IRIS) and Enbridge Research in Action (ERIA) seminar series that disseminate leading-edge sustainability endeavours and research by influential researchers, practitioners and industry experts.

“Business leaders are faced with daily challenges about how their organizations can be more sustainable and we believe that our research helps to inform the community and that our graduates can go into the workforce to make a real and tangible difference,” says Dewald.  

The Better World MBA ranking was formerly known as the Knight Schools ranking, focusing on Canadian schools since its inception in 2005 until 2012, when it expanded to become a global ranking that is more representative of the type of choices that MBA students have when selecting a program.

Haskayne MBA students participate in the 2016 Wilderness Retreat in Kananaskis.
Photo by Marnie Burkhart, Jazhart Studios Inc.

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