Financial Times Ranks IESE Executive Education Programs 1st in the World

Participants value international approach and faculty diversity

18/05/2015 Barcelona

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In this year’s overall Financial Times Executive Education ranking, IESE received top marks for the diversity of its faculty and the international scope of its programs / Photo: Edu Ferrer

IESE Business School takes the top spot in this year’s overall Financial Times Executive Education ranking, published today. IESE also ranks 1st in the world for its custom programs, moving up two spots from last year mainly due to the school’s leading international clients, and 3rd in the world for its open programs.

In this year’s survey, IESE received top marks for the diversity of its faculty and the international scope of its programs – both in terms of participants and faculty make-up, and geography.

Custom programs also earned top praise from clients for the highly interactive and collaborative approach of the school, enabling it to prepare sessions that are as aligned with clients´ needs as possible, as well as the flexible program design. IESE’s recent Custom program clients include Oracle, The European Network of Transmission System Operators, Airbus, L’Oreal, Santander, BBVA, Telefonica and Danone, among others.

The school’s Open programs were rated highly due to the international locations of it programs, taught from IESE´s five campuses in Barcelona, Madrid, New York, Munich and Sao Paulo; the quality of IESE’s alliances with partner schools such as CEIBS, Harvard and Wharton, and the long-term knowledge acquired on the programs.

According to Mireia Rius, Associate Dean of Executive Education, "these results reflect IESE’s global scope, not only among our faculty, participants and clients, but also geographically, as IESE has programs and strategic alliances with other business schools all over the world. This internationality gives us a cross-cultural vision of the environment in which executives work today."

The Financial Times ranking is based on a mix of customer feedback and data provided by business schools on open and custom programs. It takes into consideration a variety of criteria including program preparation, course design, international participants and location, faculty, follow-up, and aims achieved among numerous others.

The other schools rounding out the top three are HEC Paris in 2nd and IMD in 3rd position.

Executive Education Programs in Four Continents

Since its founding, in 1958, IESE Business School has been offering an array of executive education programs for managers, at a time when the concept of executive education was scarcely known outside of the United States. The establishment of these programs, aimed mainly at experienced business leaders, constituted a landmark in the history of executive education in Europe. The school has also become a leading player in offering very personalized Custom programs.

IESE offers Open Executive Education and Custom programs at key locations around the world, including Barcelona, New York City, Munich, Sao Paulo, Miami, Shanghai and Warsaw. Among its offerings are the Advanced Management Program (AMP), with international editions in Poland, the US (Senior Executive Program New York-Miami, SEP), Spain, Germany and Brazil; Program for Leadership Development (PLD), also with editions in the US, Spain, Brazil and Germany, which are aimed at entrepreneurs and senior business leaders of global firms and the innovative Global CEO with modules in China, Brazil and the US run in conjunction with Wharton and CEIBS.