Rightly or wrongly, the ranks of different MBA courses weigh heavily when students decide which business school to apply to. It is also a big deal for universities to get onto – or drop out of – the top 100. The Economist’s 2014 ranking of the top 100 MBA courses starts with a solid list of US universities. In the top 20 there are only five MBA courses from Europe – three from France and one each from Spain and Britain. The methodology takes into account both hard data and students’ more subjective marks of a school’s performance. It focuses on new career opportunities and personal development and educational experience, which both weigh 35 per cent. The rest is made up by a rise in salary, at 20 per cent, and networking potential, at 10 per cent. The unbeatable University of Chicago Booth School of Business has kept the top spot for a second year, something which surely benefits admissions to its Hong Kong campus by association. In the top 20 there are only five MBA courses from Europe Booth beat heavyweights Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford and Columbia at their own game. The big four were relegated to sixth, seventh, ninth and tenth, with the equally famous Wharton School in eleventh place. Asia-Pacific was represented by 12 universities – three each from Australia and Hong Kong, two from Singapore and one each from China, India, Japan and Korea. The University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) faculty of business and economics occupies 27th position on the list, albeit three places down from last year. It offers a 14-month full-time MBA course and for education experience it ranks third out of 100. HKU ranks 16th in terms of opening up new career opportunities, with high marks for the school’s career service, and 19th in terms of personal development. Although alumni effectiveness ranks 20 out of a hundred, potential to network is mediocre at 58. The University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Business School ranks 62nd, seven places ahead of the University of Oxford Said Business School. HKUST Business School is actually 14th on the Financial Times’ 2014 MBA ranking. Its personal development aspect ranks 16th, and looking at educational experience alone, it is seventh out of 100. However, its new career opportunities aspect – pulled down by the very low ratings of the career services – only manages 84th position. Chinese University’s (CUHK) Business School made it to 97th place, getting back on the list a year after missing the grade. All the same, students seem to appreciate the tuition as it has received high marks for student quality, the internationalism of alumni and breadth of its alumni network. As the difference in rakings between the Economist, Forbes and the Financial Times shows, these results ought to be cross-referenced and supported by the many other ways of getting information on business schools.