SOURCE: Mines ParisTech

October 15, 2008 05:50 ET


PARIS--(Marketwire - October 15, 2008) - The École des Mines de Paris - MINES ParisTech - is proposing a second edition of its Professional Ranking of World Universities, established on the basis of a simple criterion, undeclared but verifiable: the number of alumni holding a post of chief executive officer or equivalent in one of the 500 leading international companies, with the data of the Fortune Global 500 classification established by Fortune magazine in 2007.

This criterion is meant to be the equivalent, as far as companies are concerned, of the criterion of "alumni having been awarded the Nobel Prize or the Fields Medal", used in the classification established by Jiaotong University in Shanghai.

The 2008 survey has made it possible to grade 350 higher education institutions. Moreover, countries have been classified according to the results of their higher education institutions. Finally, a comparison between the real score of each country (the number of CEOs actually trained by its institutions) and those of a theoretical nature which it should have obtained if the CEOs of all of "its" companies had been trained exclusively in "its" universities, provides an indication of the attractiveness and relevance of the higher education courses offered (Does a country only train the CEOs of its companies® Does it contribute to the training of the CEOs of companies in other countries® Do the CEOs of its companies seek training in other countries®). The main results of this ranking show that :

- Tokyo University is ranked 1st, followed by Harvard ;

- The Top 14 institutions having trained the equivalent of 4 or more CEOs include 5 Japanese institutions, 5 in the USA, 3 in France and 1 in Great Britain.

- Regarding the real vs theoretic comparison, the differences between countries are not as great; even with globalization, each country was responsible for training its CEOs.

The complete survey is available at :

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