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INSEAD Ousts Queen's from the No. 1 Spot

A lot has changed since the last time Bloomberg Businessweek ranked international full-time MBA programs. In Europe and Canada, placement rates and starting salaries for newly minted MBAs took a major hit, then began the slow process of recovery. Disgruntled students sent satisfaction scores plunging at some schools, while fickle recruiters switched allegiances at others. The result: France's INSEAD (INSEAD Full-Time MBA Profile) catapulted from No. 3 in 2008 to the No. 1 spot, overtaking Canada's Queen's School of Business (Queen's Full-Time MBA Profile) and Spain's IE Business School (IE Full-Time MBA Profile), which were Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in 2008.

In the slides that follow, we lay out the winners and the losers in the top 10. But it doesn't end there. This year we nearly doubled the size of the list, ranking 18 international schools in all. Click here for the complete ranking.

Methodology Note: The ranking is based on three surveys of MBA grads (2010, 2008, and 2006) with 26,389 total responses that combined contribute 45 percent to the final ranking; three surveys of MBA recruiters (2010, 2008, and 2006) with 680 total responses that combined contribute an additional 45 percent; and a review of faculty research published over a five-year period in 20 top academic journals that contributes the final 10 percent. Tuition and fees are for the entire MBA program; where applicable, nonresident figures are used. Pre-MBA pay is the median base salary for the incoming class of 2010; post-MBA pay is the median base salary for the graduating class of 2010. Job offers are the percentage of job-seeking 2010 MBA graduates reporting at least one job offer within three months of graduation. Letter grades are based on one or more questions from the 2010 student and recruiter surveys. A+=top 20 percent; A=next 25 percent; B=next 35 percent; C=bottom 20 percent. No D's or F's awarded.

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