INSEAD ranks top 3 globally in Financial Times' Executive Education Rankings 2018

Only business school in the world to have its MBA, Executive MBA and Executive Education programmes ranked in the top 3 in the respective categories of Financial Times’ latest rankings

Middle East, Americas, Asia
14 May 2018

INSEAD, the business school for the world, today announced that it has been ranked top 3 globally in the combined ranking of Financial Times’ (FT) Executive Education Rankings 2018. This signifies the school’s best result to date and strengthens INSEAD’s position as a top global provider of world-class Executive Education.

With this latest achievement, INSEAD becomes the only business school in the world to have its MBA, Executive MBA and Executive Education programmes ranked in the top 3 in the respective categories of Financial Times’ latest rankings.

Ilian Mihov, INSEAD Dean and Professor of Economics, says that, “We would like to thank all staff, faculty, organisational partners and participants who have contributed to these rankings leading to this year’s excellent results. We look forward to your strong support and continued engagement towards INSEAD’s success.” He added that, “Rankings are an important measure of the quality of our programmes, and these results reflects and reinforces INSEAD’s strong reputation and brand globally.”

In both customised and open-enrolment programmes rankings, INSEAD has performed exceptionally by being ranked in the top three in terms of ‘International Participants’ with its high percentage of participants from outside the school’s base country and region; and in ‘Faculty Diversity’ with the school’s strong diversity of its teaching staff according to nationality and gender.

The school has improved in the following key dimensions and ranking criteria for:

Open programmes

  •  ‘Follow-Up’: level of follow-up offered after participants returned to their workplaces, and networking opportunities with fellow participants 
  • ‘Aims Achieved’: extent to which personal and professional expectations were met, and the likelihood that participants would recommend the programme

Customised programmes

  • ‘Preparation’: the provision of advance information on programme content and participant selection process
  •  ‘Future Use’: which measures the likelihood that clients (participants) would reuse INSEAD for other customised programmes in the future or to re-commission the same programme
  • ‘Value for Money’: clients (participants) rating of the programmes’ design, teaching and materials in terms of value for money   

The top 10 in the combined Executive Education Rankings 2018 are: IESE (1st), followed by IMD, INSEAD, LBS, HARVARD, HEC Paris, Stanford, Ross, Said Oxford and CCL. For more details, visit here.

About INSEAD, The Business School for the World

As one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to change lives and to transform organisations. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of its research and teaching.

With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), INSEAD's business education and research spans three continents. The school’s 145 renowned Faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,400 degree participants annually in its MBAExecutive MBAExecutive Master in FinanceExecutive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 10,000 executives participate in INSEAD's executive education programmes each year.

In addition to INSEAD's programmes on its three campuses, INSEAD participates in academic partnerships with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia & San Francisco); the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University near Chicago; the Johns Hopkins University/SAIS in Washington DC and the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York; and MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In Asia, INSEAD partners with School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. INSEAD is a founding member in the multidisciplinary Sorbonne University created in 2012, and also partners with Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

INSEAD became a pioneer of international business education with the graduation of the first MBA class on the Fontainebleau campus in Europe in 1960. In 2000, INSEAD opened its Asia campus in Singapore. And in 2007 the school began an association in the Middle East, officially opening the Abu Dhabi campus in 2010.

Around the world and over the decades, INSEAD continues to conduct cutting edge research and to innovate across all its programmes to provide business leaders with the knowledge and sensitivity to operate anywhere. These core values have enabled us to become truly "The Business School for the World”.

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