FT Reveals 2010 Exec. Ed. Rankings

The Financial Times has released its Executive Education Rankings for 2010, and the results reveal that companies expect three things from B-schools specializing in customized education:

  1. To be more aware of corporate needs and deliver programs more attuned to their requirements;
  2. To be more global in their approach;
  3. To offer the best value for the money, using technology in the process.

After a tough year, the executive education sector is finally starting to show real growth, especially in some surprising corners of the globe.  Kim Taylor-Thompson, chief executive of Duke Corporate Education, says “Emerging markets are very interested in each other; they are not as interested in the US or the UK. In Russia, they want to know what is happening in India.”

At INSEAD, dean of executive education Miklos Sarvary says he is more confident than when he took over the job in September, but warns that because of the lead times involved in developing customized programs, it could be a while before they yield an increase in revenue for business schools.

The top five leaders in executive education programs this year included a big leap forward for Thunderbird School of Management, in 5th place versus 11th in 2009. Harvard Business School, meanwhile slipped to 4th after taking the top slot last year.

Top Five Exec. Ed. Rankings

  1. University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
  2. Iese Business School (Spain)
  3. IMD (Switzerland)
  4. Harvard Business School
  5. Thunderbird School of Management

For the complete list, click here. For more coverage on the state of open enrollment, growing demand for customize programs and new management styles, you can link to all the reports here.

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