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FT Ranking: The top schools for executive education

Last year’s winners in the Financial Times ranking for open and customised executive education programmes clambered back onto the top spot: IMD in the open category and Duke Corporate Education in the customised table.


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The FT rankings – now in their 15th edition - are based on the satisfaction of participants and client organisations, diversity of participants and faculty, and the schools’ level of international engagement.

Switzerland's IMD repeated last year's success in the open ranking with the best overall score from the participant survey. It was ranked first for aims achieved and quality of facilities and in the top five in six categories. Second came Spain's Iese and third the Thunderbird School in the US. (See full ranking for open programmes here.)

In the customised ranking Duke comes out tops for the 11th year running. HEC, placed second for the fifth year, ranked top in four corporate criteria, but Duke convinced with strong international exposure and partnerships. Third and forth come the Spaniards Iese and Esade. (See full ranking for customised programmes here.)

The FT's data from the schools show a rise in demand for short-term programmes. The number of participants in open courses increased by 5 per cent compared with the previous year, while clients seeking customised training programmes rose by 4 per cent. On average, revenues for open courses increased by 5 per cent. Some 37 per cent of corporate customers who responded to an FT survey expect their future spending on customised programmes to increase and about half expect it to remain unchanged. Most participants or clients are happy with the schools and rate the programmes attended rather highly. Ninety per cent of corporate customers will very likely or definitely use the same business school again.

Source: Financial Times

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