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QS International Trade Ranking 2023 launched: world's leading master's programmes for international trade

Published 14 December 2022

QS Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), global higher education analyst, has released today the 2023 edition of the International Trade Rankings, in partnership with the Hinrich Foundation.

The International Trade Rankings provide insights for aspiring professionals, employers, universities and business schools into the world’s best international trade master’s programmes. The first edition assesses 200 courses in 43 countries and territories based on their performance across seven key lenses, including course content, graduate outcomes, industry networks, teaching methods and research.

The Master of Global Management at Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management is crowned the world's top-ranked international trade programme, while the Master of International Trade at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and Singapore’s Professional MBA (International Trading) at Nanyang Business School take second and third place, respectively.

Kathryn Dioth, Hinrich Foundation CEO, said: “These Rankings highlight what great master’s trade programmes look like and how they’re producing graduates that can advance the industry.

Dioth continued: “Through the Rankings, the Hinrich Foundation supports students to identify programs that will secure them employment and accelerate their trade careers, enables companies to hire work-ready talent, and provides universities with comparability, recognition and the means to enhance their global trade programs.”

Dr Drew MacFarlane, Rankings Manager at QS, said: “The design of the QS International Trade Rankings involved extensive consultation with key stakeholders, including employers, academics and alumni.”

“For the inaugural edition, we assessed over 250 universities and business schools offering graduate programmes in this field of study, which is typically linked to excellent employability and career outcomes.”

MacFarlane added: “We are thrilled to offer prospective students independent insights to support their decision-making process for careers in global trade.”

The QS International Trade Rankings will be expanded and refined through an annual iterative process and continued stakeholder engagement. The detailed methodology of the QS International Trade Rankings is available here.

The full International Trade Rankings are available on here.


For interviews with the Hinrich Foundation, please contact:

Kathryn Dioth
Hinrich Foundation

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Quacquarelli Symonds
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About the Hinrich Foundation

The Hinrich Foundation is a philanthropic organisation working to advance sustainable global trade through research and education. It offers research and teaching materials to aid the strengthening of global trade education as well as research grants for academics and scholarships to support candidates. The Hinrich Foundation’s objective in launching the International Trade Rankings is to affect significant improvement in graduate trade program outcomes worldwide.

About QS Quacquarelli Symonds

QS Quacquarelli Symonds is the world’s leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector, whose mission is to enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development.
The QS World University Rankings portfolio, inaugurated in 2004, is the world’s most popular source of comparative data about university performance. Their flagship website, – the home of their rankings – was viewed 147 million times in 2021, and over 96,000 media clippings pertaining to, or mentioning, QS were published by media outlets across the world in 2021.

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