FT Ranks 2018’s Best European Business Schools

best European business schools The Financial Times has just announced the results of its annual ranking of the best European business schools. Surprisingly, interest in graduate management education in the UK continues to increase, despite Brexit turmoil. In fact, the favorable exchange due to the drop in the pound makes tuition more attractive to students from overseas. Applications to European programs beyond the UK  grew by 3.2% this year, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

This list of the best European b-schools is compiled based on the Financial Times‘s rankings of individual programs—full-time MBA, EMBA, Master’s in Management, and executive education.

Both quality and quantity are required to reach the top. Schools must take part in all four rankings to be eligible for a full score, the media outlet explains, so a school that took part in only one ranking is eligible for one-quarter of the total score, and so on.

London Business School held onto the top spot for the fifth straight year as the best business school in Europe. HEC Paris, meanwhile, also ranked second in the composite ranking for the fifth year in a row.

FT’s 2018 Ranking of the Top Ten Best European Business Schools

  1. London Business School
  2. HEC Paris
  4. University of St Gallen
  5. IESE Business School
  6. Universitá Bocconi
  7. IMD Business School
  8. Essec Business School
  9. Rotterdam School of Management
  10. Oxford Said Business School

The Financial Times ranking also looks at where certain business schools particularly shine. For example, it ranks Spain’s IESE tops for post-MBA salary increase. However, it’s graduates of France’s one-year MBA at INSEAD that had the highest average salary at $177,157.  The Swiss school St Gallen, meanwhile, continues its eight-year run as the best place in Europe to earn a Masters in Management.

The methodology used by the Financial Times is unique and rather complicated, so do study the ranking more closely if you’re interested in seeing how each school’s final score is generated. Read more details about this year’s best European business schools on the Financial Times website.

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