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UNSW leaps to top in rank for excellence

A mix of sandstone and non-sandstone universities make up this year’s finalists in the quality category.

  • Alexandra Cain
Joe Bryant used his MBA from the University of Queensland as a launching pad for his aerospace business, Aeromech.

How this CEO used an MBA to join the space race

MBA’s can be a useful tool for corporate leaders looking to transition into becoming a business founder and owner.

  • Alexandra Cain
Moya Dodd.

The Matilda who waltzed into an MBA

Former Matildas star Moya Dodd is one of many prominent Australians who have undertaken an MBA to help move into new roles or prepare for more senior positions.

  • Christopher Niesche

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AFR education editor Julie Hare.

Why one university stands out

University of South Australia leads the ‘upstarts’ on the move.

  • Julie Hare
UNSW, led by Professor Chris Styles, is named AFR BOSS Best Business School for the second consecutive year.

This is the top business school for second year in row

University of New South Wales wins close fight with University of Melbourne that widens the gap over the rest of the field.

  • Sally Patten

This uni tops ladder for career outcomes

Canberra University business school ranks highest in the career category by staying abreast of changing needs.

  • Sian Powell
Stephen Parker, former vice-chancellor of Canberra University, says the last reform in higher education was about 30 years ago.

How we ranked the business schools

The methodology used to assess the best business schools recognises there are limitations to all data.

  • Stephen Parker and Tim Brown
Professor Nick Wailes is Dean of the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW.

This uni says social impact is key for reputation

Business schools believe putting an increased emphasis on contributing to society will boost their reputation ranking.

  • Christopher Niesche

Small schools hold their own in rankings

Edith Cowan and Bond universities match it with the big business schools for excellence.

  • Sian Powell
Monash is consistently ranked among the top universities worldwide, placing strong emphasis on research excellence and its dedication to teaching.

Empowering future leaders through innovation and excellence

Monash is a modern, global, research-intensive university, delivering education and research excellence in Australia and across the world.


by Monash University


Pressure is mounting for the wrokforce to adapt, upskill and reskill.

A valuable partnership: why co-designed learning is the perfect fit for your organisation

As the pace of change in the world of work continues to accelerate, so does the need to adapt, upskill and reskill with purpose.



The age of adaptive leadership is here.

We need adaptive leadership. Here’s why

Organisations need a new operating model that will build capacity and democratise leadership to help employees adapt quickly to disruptive changes



Ewen Hollingsworth, right, and Cameron Haynes, are co-founders of a finance company that funds masters programs at the world’s best universities.

Why young executives are heading overseas for their MBAs

Up-and-coming corporate high-flyers are heading to business schools in the US, UK and Europe in a bid to globalise their careers.

  • Julie Hare


Got a degree? That may no longer be enough to get a job

It may not be long before, on top of a degree, employers will want evidence that recruits picked up specific skills in areas like project management or cyber risk.

  • Sally Patten
Terry Hatziandreou ServiceNow Solutions Consultant at their office. He works in sales at ServiceNow and has completed online learning to improve his skills.

‘Choose your own adventure’: Why short modules win with workers

Short online courses have helped this Sydney worker get ahead – and he says the opportunities have bolstered his loyalty to his employer.

  • Nina Hendy
Sydney Uni vice chancellor

Industry partnerships aim to tackle chronic tech skills shortage

Not enough IT students are graduating each year to fill the shortage of workers in the tech sector. That’s where microcredential courses can help.

  • Michael Collins

The revolution in bite-sized education courses that’s boosting careers

Traditional qualifications are being supplemented – even supplanted – by short, skill-specific courses, allowing people to curate their own learning and increase career options.

  • Julie Hare
David Gonksi, left, and Peter Shergold, played a major role in transforming post-school education offerings.

Short, sharp and powerful: Why microcredentials are transformational

Peter Shergold is a central figure in changing the future of education in NSW and says microcredentials are a great benefit to the labour market.

  • Julie Hare

Cheap, fast but needs persistence: My experience of a microcredential course

I enrolled in a microcredential to improve my data-wrangling skills. The training was practical and engaging, but will be hard to remember without regular use.

  • Euan Black

Groundbreaking institutes to build generations of job-ready graduates

NSW has launched two new institutes of applied technology that aim to equip graduates with the tools successful careers.

  • Mark Eggleton

Virtual classrooms a hit with employees as businesses turn educators

Companies are turning to universities to dial up the in-house learning amid the ongoing talent shortage.

  • Nina Hendy


Marta Artemenko and her daughter Khristina fled Kyiv 30 minutes after the Russian attack, eventually finding their way to Sydney.

Escape from Kyiv and into a $60,000 MBA

Serendipity and quick decision-making have been Marta Artemenko’s greatest friends as she escaped war-torn Kyiv and found a new life in Sydney.

  • Julie Hare


“It’s given us the ability to grow and be a better organisation,” says Nick Chapman.

Find out if you can enrol in an $80,000 leadership course for free

The Social Impact Leadership Australia program gives leaders one-on-one coaching and organisational diagnostics – but only not-for-profits can apply.

  • Julie Hare


The Macquarie MBA is ranked 14 in the world for corporate social responsibility.

Macquarie Business School

Macquarie Business School is where a new generation of business innovators unlock their individual purpose and potential as leaders.


by Macquarie Business School

December 2022

A joint PhD-MBA program will provide deep knowledge alongside commercial skills, says Carla Dias Wadewitz.

This university is set to offer a combined PhD-MBA

A new program from Flinders University will have PhD graduates also walk out with an MBA in just four years.

  • Julie Hare