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Best Distance Programs (Overall)

Overall Score (100%) is the sum of:
Academic Reputation (20%) | Student Selectivity (20%)
Faculty Resources (30%) | Linkages (20%)
Other Resources (10%)

Best Distance Programs
Rank School Score (100%)
1 City University of Hong Kong 77.85
2 Curtin University of Technology, Australia (Graduate School of Business) 76.41
3 Brisbane Graduate School of Business (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) 73.27
4 Birla Institute of Technology and Science (India) 70.01
5 University of South Australia (International Graduate School of Management) 65.95
6 Open University of Hong Kong (School of Business and Administration) 62.06

Students enrolled in a part-time MBA program take a partial load each term and may attend on-campus classes evenings and weekends. Students in an executive MBA program are working managers or CEOs who are taking time off to attend classes tailored for them. Students in a distance MBA program do not attend on-campus classes but interact with professors through the mail, the Internet and/or cable Tv. Academic Reputation: Asian and international MBA schools and top corporations were asked to rate Asia's MBA institutions on a scale of 1 to 5. The total score was divided by number of responses. Student Selectivity: Derived from 1) number of MBA students who enrolled compared with total applicants, for each program, 2) median score of enrolled students in the entrance test or points system compared with the top score, and 3) working experience of enrolled students. Faculty Resources: Derived from 1) proportion of full-time and part-time teachers with a PhD degree, 2) proportion of full-time and part-time teachers with business, management and consultancy backgrounds, 3) median pay, 4) per-teacher spending, and 5) student-teacher ratio. Linkages: Derived from 1) presence on the board of trustees, board of governors, board of advisers or similar body of CEOs, industry representatives, regulators and government officials, 2) size of the alumni association, 3) agreements with companies regarding on-the- job training, conduct of management studies and the like, and 4) agreements with other MBA schools on faculty and student exchanges and materials development. Extra 3 percentage points were awarded to schools with a foreign MBA business school as partner. Other Resources: Derived from 1) proportion of case studies of local and Asian companies, 2) library spending per student, 3) availability of a building, library and Internet-ready computer exclusively for MBA students. Extra 4.5 percentage points were awarded to schools that grant full access to all facilities of mother universities such as health clinics, computer center and the like. No extra points for this attribute was awarded to schools that offer a distance MBA program since their students do not usually attend on-campus classes. Other Notes: The variables were ranked from highest to lowest, with the top school given 100 points. The others were assigned points as a percentage of the highest score. When a piece of data is not available, the lowest score from a school from the same country was used when applicable. All money figures were first converted into U.S. dollars using the average exchange rate for 1999 according to the International Monetary Fund. The numbers were then converted into Purchasing-Power Parity dollars (PPP$), based on World Bank ratios.

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