Further showing Philadelphia University’s international reputation in the fashion industry, the undergraduate and graduate fashion programs were once again ranked among the top worldwide, according to the Global Fashion School Rankings 2016 by the highly regarded Business of Fashion.
Overall, PhilaU undergraduate fashion programs ranked 24th and graduate fashion programs ranked 17th in the world. In addition, PhilaU’s scores in global influence, learning experience and long-term value—the ranking’s three major indicators of quality—improved over last year.
The Business of Fashion praised the University for its transdisciplinary approach that includes a strong grounding in business and marketing, as well as sustainability. The rankings also showed that students praised PhilaU’s faculty, citing their accessibility and commitment to student development, and they were highly content with campus buildings and work facilities, including state-of-the-art weave, knit and print facilities.
“Philadelphia University provides a unique, innovative and collaborative way of learning how to not only be a designer but work productively and successfully as a team in the fashion industry,” said one PhilaU student quoted in the ranking.
After last year’s impressive showing in the rankings, more prospective students visited University open houses to learn about the fashion programs, said fashion design program director Sheila Connelly. The high rankings also directly led to representatives from Spain-based fashion retailer Zara to visit campus and share details with students about its recruitment program. “That was huge,” she said.
The Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Ranking aims to provide an objective assessment of the top undergraduate and graduate fashion programs around the world, based on 60 different data points gathered from 54 participating institutions, surveys completed by over 10,000 students and alumni, feedback from over 130 human resources professionals, global fashion influencers, fashion school academics and its own analysis.
“Our ranking in the Business of Fashion validates the strength of our fashion programs and our ability to connect with our students and alumni across disciplines,” said Nioka Wyatt, director of PhilaU’s fashion merchandising and management program. “This will allow us to grow domestically and internationally and showcase our value proposition throughout the business of fashion and beyond.”
Along with the top Business of Fashion ranking, PhilaU has been twice named one of the Top 50 Fashion Schools in the World by Fashionista, a leading international web site for fashion news and trends. In addition, the University is among the top 50 fashion schools in the world, according to CEOWORLD Magazine. The publication’s 2016 Best Fashion School rankings were based on academic reputation, employer reputation, quality of teaching and diversity, as well as learning experience, influence and value.
PhilaU fashion programs include undergraduate programs in fashion design, textile design, fashion merchandising and management and graduate programs in textile design, global fashion enterprise and starting in fall 2017, fashion design management.
“The breadth of our academic programs in fashion is what makes us so impressive,” Connelly said.
Read Business of Fashion’s full report on PhilaU here.