For the third straight year, London Business School tops the Financial Times‘s overall ranking of the best business schools in Europe, but France’s HEC Paris and INSEAD came in close on its heels. The FT publishes five main rankings each year: MBA, Executive MBA, Masters in Management, and the two rankings for executive education. Only schools that take part in all five are eligible for a full score.
Given that this is a relative ranking based on the aggregated performances across five rankings, FT stresses that a good score in one or two does not automatically mean a better placing overall. London Business School performed strongly across all five rankings: its full-time MBA ranked second, and its joint EMBA program with Columbia Business School as well as its customized executive education courses both ranked in fourth place.
One of the main strengths of the LBS programs, notes the FT, is the wide range of students from different countries; more than 90% of its 2015 MBA cohort came from overseas, hailing from about 60 different countries.
In this ranking, INSEAD leads the field for full-time and EMBA programs, while the University of St Gallen in Switzerland is top for MiM. Spain’s IESE Business School and IMD of Switzerland were ranked number one for customized and open-enrollment executive education programs respectively.
2016 Top Ten Best European Business Schools
- London Business School
- HEC Paris
- IE Business School
- University of St Gallen
- ESADE Business School
- SDA Bocconi
- IESE Business School
- Rotterdam School of Management
To determine this composite ranking, the Financial Times compiles a significant amount of data from the participating business schools, including average salaries, the increase in salary its graduates receive three years after completing their degree, and the percentage of graduates employed three months after finishing school.
You can read the complete methodology for the FT’s European composite ranking here.