Top spot in Financial Times ranking The Financial Times published its 2013 international ranking of the top Master’s of Management programmes, placing the HSG Master’s in Strategy in International Management in #1 spot for the third consecutive year. 16. September 2013. “From the day students are admitted into the programme until the day they graduate and eventually become respected business leaders in their own right, SIM-HSG stresses the importance of a vibrant community that embraces students and alumni as mindful world citizens. The idea at the core of SIM-HSG is that excellence in management education must serve the purpose of increasing the well-being of students, organizations and society alike. This is what I think distinguishes us and binds us to constantly strive further,” said SIM-HSG Managing Director Omid Aschari. Based on a survey of business schools and their alumni, the ranking weighs different criteria ranging from diversity, value for money, aims achieved and placement success, to international exposure. The HSG retains the top spot in the rankings, outperforming the 70 internationally-ranked higher education establishments and universities offering Masters in Management programmes globally. The mission of the HSG’s Master’s Programme in Strategy and International Management (SIM-HSG) offers students an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to management balancing the academic rigour of a Master of Arts programme with the interactive, practical approach found in leading MBA programmes. “Our focus at the HSG is to not only provide our students with a top business education but to ensure that graduates can think independently, act flexibly, responsibly and sustainably in positions of leadership,” said the University of St.Gallen’s Rector Thomas Bieger. “The success of the SIM-HSG programme demonstrates that we are indeed headed in the right direction.” The #1 worldwide FT management ranking comes on the heels of another significant ranking received by the HSG. Earlier this month, the Handelsblatt, a national German newspaper, ranked St. Gallen economics faculty among the top in the German-speaking world.