Two universities with local connections have ranked highly in business school surveys. The Kellogg School at Northwestern University, partner of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), topped Business Week magazine's Best B-school survey and came eighth in the Financial Times Executive MBA (EMBA) rankings published last Saturday. The Kellogg School offers a joint EMBA degree programme with HKUST's School of Business and Management. Professor Chan Ka-keung, dean of the HKUST school, said the joint programme was not included in this year's FT ranking due to its short history of just four years and small number of alumni. Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario moved up from last year's 15th to 11th in the FT survey. The school offers the EMBA in Hong Kong through its international branch campus, based at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai. Dr Larry Wynant, associate dean of the Richard Ivey School/Asia, said that salary increases of graduates and the ethnic diversity of students contributed to the rise in rankings. 'Our students come from 12 nationalities. Also, their salary profiles recorded an average increase of 87 per cent three years after graduation,' Dr Wynant said. Such statistics from the Hong Kong campus helped support the school's overall improved ranking, he said. The Chinese University of Hong Kong's EMBA programme was ranked 20th on the FT list, which made it the top programme run by an Asian university. The programme was established in 1993. The FT rankings were based on responses from 69 business schools and 2,155 graduates. Meanwhile, the annual MBA recruitment circus will soon be under way, with overseas and local business schools signed up to participate in the World MBA Tour Fair, which comes to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on November 12. More than 90 institutions are due to participate.