Published 06/25/13

International Business program rises to No. 16 in Businessweek ranking

SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- Bryant University's International Business Program is now ranked 16th in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek, which released its 2013 rankings of 14 specialty undergraduate business programs June 24. The 11-point jump continues a rapid rise that began in 2011 when the program was ranked at No. 41, and then No. 27 last year.

"That Businessweek considers these four programs among the nation’s best is a reflection of the faculty’s leadership."

V.K. Unni, interim Dean of Bryant’s College of Business, attributes the stellar success to a core group of faculty who have nurtured the International Business program since its founding in 2006. “Such consistent progress is possible thanks to the College of Business faculty under the leadership of Professor of Management Madan Annavarjula, associate dean of the College of Business,” Unni said. “Together, they have created one of the University’s fastest-growing undergraduate academic programs.”

Bryant’s IB program is among the few in the country offering concentrations in business functions — accounting, computer information systems, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing and global supply chain management. By the time they graduate, every IB student has worked with a company in the region to assemble a business plan that will help the company enter markets overseas — experience that is not overlooked by the companies who hire Bryant IB graduates.

Three other Bryant programs also rose in the latest Businessweek rankings:

  • Finance is at No. 56, up 35 points over last year’s ranking and a rise of 50 points since 2011;
  • Operations Management is at No. 55, an increase of 40 points over last year;
  • Accounting, ranked No. 109 last year, rebounded to No. 88 in this year’s ranking.

“I am extremely proud of the College of Business faculty. That Businessweek considers these four programs among the nation’s best is a reflection of the faculty’s leadership and dedication to educational excellence and preparing graduates who excel in their professions,” Unni said.