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Business school enters Wall Street Journal rankings

by Karen A. Grava - October 2, 2006

The University of Connecticut School of Business has made it into the annual rankings of business schools by the Wall Street Journal.

The ranking places UConn in the top four percent of business schools worldwide. There are at least 1,400 business schools, of which about 528, including UConn, are accredited.

The Wall Street Journal rankings are based on ratings from recruiters and list UConn as 51st, just after the Universities of Illinois, Colorado, and South Carolina, and Baruch College of the City University of New York.

"The rankings are a validation of the quality of our students, faculty, and programs. It is evidence that our students are highly valued and sought after by employers," says Mohamed Hussein, interim dean of the School of Business.

The rankings were published by the Wall Street Journal last week, along with a full page advertisement congratulating the "Best in Class" - winners of the 2006 student achievement awards.

UConn's Hieu Phan, a Ph.D. candidate in marketing, is one of the students cited by the Journal as "exceptional."

A native of Vietnam who now resides in Willington, Conn., Phan is conducting research on customer lifetime value, customer relationship management, and customer portfolio optimization.

He was selected for the award in part because of his perfect grade point average while he earned his MBA.

"I see my award as recognition of the excellence of the UConn program," he says."I dedicate this award to my faculty and friends, who always inspire me and help me to study."

Phan credits UConn's experiential learning method with his success.

"Last summer, I worked as an intern at the General Electric Edgelab at the Stamford campus," he says.

"Our team developed a high-level business strategy to help a division of GE Healthcare develop its business. To our excitement, we noticed that GE earlier this year made an acquisition valued at more than $1 billion to develop its healthcare IT business, which was in line with one of our recommendations."

Phan earned a bachelor's degree in English at Hanoi National University; a bachelor's in economics from Hanoi National Economics University; and an MBA (majoring in finance and marketing) from UConn.

After he finishes his Ph.D. program, Phan hopes to become a professor.

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