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Executive Education 2022: Top 50 combined ranking and school profiles

Top for open and made to measure: HEC Paris

HEC Paris leads the combined table this year. Rising up one place in the custom table and seven in the open enrollment list, the school tops both rankings. Client companies rated their courses highest in seven of nine categories. One client interviewed said that their managers, who can be jaded and reluctant to spend time on training, rated the program 100%.


Financial Times Executive Education Ranking 2022

Check out the list of the top 75 for custom courses and the top 65 for open enrollment management programs in 2022. Find out below which schools are the top 50 providers for custom and open courses. Also learn how tables are compiled.

Quick Facts About the Top 50 Executive Training Providers

By Wai Kwen Chan

Row 1: Triple top

HEC Paris is number one for the first time in the personalized, open and combined rankings. No other school topped all three FT Executive Education tables at the same time.

Rank 2: Miscellaneous Knowledge

Spain’s Iese had the most diverse full-time teaching staff, by nationality and gender, in its executive programs over the past year.

Rank 3: Aim High

The Swiss school IMD was rated highest for the extent to which participants’ personal and professional expectations were met in their open-enrolment courses.

Rank 7: Resumption of activity

Customers rated SDA Bocconi in Italy as the best school they would order further personalized courses from in the future.

Rank 8: Top, North America

Michigan’s Ross is the highest-ranked school in North America and the best for overall open program revenue growth.

Rank 9: Top, Latin America

Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil is the highest ranked school in Latin America, ninth in the open table and 11th for personalized courses.

Rank 13: Class Act

The Ivey School at Western University in Canada is number one for the quality of its teaching in open-enrollment courses.

Rank 14: Top in Asia

Ceibs in Shanghai is the highest ranked school in Asia. There are six area schools in the combined top 50.

Rank 27: Giant Leap

Portugal’s Católica Lisbon is the biggest winner, up 23 places in the combined table thanks to gains of at least 20 places in the custom and open tables.

Rank 28: New Competitor

Germany’s WHU – Otto Beisheim is the highest new entrant, thanks to his first appearance in the custom ranking.

Rank 38: 3

France’s Kedge is the second-best performer in the combined table, jumping 22 places, as are Portugal’s Nova and Porto, ranked 22nd and 40th respectively.

Rank 41 = : the best in Africa

Lagos, Nigeria is the only business school in Africa in the top 50. The school improved its position in the open ranking by 19 places.

Best American School: Duke Corporate Education

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A partnership with Duke was described by some interviewees as valuable and transformative, with several users reporting long and ongoing relationships with the school. The close connection with customers and the prominent position for the design of the program has allowed Duke to rank as the first school in the United States and the second overall. He was in the top three for nine of the 14 categories.


Top for future use: SDA Bocconi

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Customers who come back for more is a good measure of success. Customers rank SDA Bocconi top for future use, meaning they are more likely to use the school again for other personalized courses and would recommend the same program. Fourth overall, the Italian school ranks among the top five for value for money, the relevance of the skills acquired and the quality of feedback from participants.


Top in Latin America: Fundação Dom Cabral

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FDC is the best personalized school in Latin America and 11th overall, up four places from the last ranking in 2020. The Brazilian school has excelled in lesson preparation, teaching methods and value . No Latin American school beat it in any area in the customer survey. Clients have praised his ability to work with organizations to deliver high quality, personalized programs.


Best Newcomer: Miami Herbert

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American school Miami Herbert is the top new entrant to the custom board, in 30th place, with above-average performances in many categories. Clients have said that her courses are adaptable to their needs and well received by participants. The school has a global reach, exemplified by strong results in the Overseas Programs and International Clients categories, ranked sixth and 14th respectively.


Biggest elevator: Fundação Getulio Vargas

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Fundação Getulio Vargas — FGV EAESP has climbed 30 places to 49 since the last custom ranking in 2020. Improvements in customer ratings for faculty quality, new skills and achieved goals have made FGV the highest progression in This year. The design of the Brazilian School program has been one of the most appreciated aspects by customers. The school’s ranking for each category has increased since 2020.


Top goals achieved: IMD

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Ranked second for open-enrollment courses, IMD in Switzerland topped the rankings for goals achieved – the extent to which personal and professional expectations were met. The school is also second for course design and quality of teaching staff and participants. This last category is measured by managerial and academic standards between peers, interaction between learners and international diversity of classes.


Top for faculty diversity: Iese Business School

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Iese at Barcelona has been consistently leading for faculty diversity in recent years and is third overall. It ranks among the top three for international location, quantity and quality of programs taught with other accredited schools and course attendance. One participant said, “I received knowledge and tools to compete. . . more efficiently”, also emphasizing how the school had been “flexible and efficient in meeting my educational needs”.


Best for Course Design: UCLA Anderson

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UCLA Anderson leads in course design, a category that measures program flexibility and class size appropriateness. The school is sixth overall, comfortably in the elite provider group. It is ranked second for the relevance of the skills learned and the encouragement of new ways of thinking. One participant praised the “lasting professional relationships” and the depth of the course content.


Top in Asia: Kaist College of Business

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South Korea’s Kaist College of Business is 22nd in the open table, its highest position since 2017. networking. The school is in the top 20 for most customer survey categories. One survey respondent was impressed with the in-depth discussions with fellow attendees and said they gained new business insights in the process.


Highest New Entrant: Zhejiang University

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China-based newcomer Zhejiang’s School of Management enters the open table in 32nd place. Clients surveyed praised the classes for being inspiring and for helping participants step out of their comfort zone. The school did well in the quality of participants category and is 10th for the course follow-up offered to learners. Zhejiang also had the second-highest score for overall satisfaction, at 9.94, according to the participants’ assessment.


The largest riser: Católica Lisbon

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Portuguese school Católica Lisbon jump 28 places to 44th, the tallest player in the open draw. Participants interviewed praised the inspiring teachers who were both very knowledgeable and available to help. One alumnus highlighted the effectiveness of sharing real-life experiences with classmates of similar seniority from a variety of industries. One participant said he felt encouraged to consider continuing his studies for an MBA.

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May 22, 2022