This year, HEC Paris has knocked London Business School out of the top spot in the Financial Times 2019 ranking of the best business schools in Europe. 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.
Note that this is a relative ranking based on the aggregated performances across five rankings. Therefore, FT stresses that a good score in one or two does not automatically mean a better placing overall. The full-time MBA program at HEC Paris ranked 6th, but its EMBA ranked 1st and MiM took second place.
Per the Financial Times: High alumni salaries and pay increases for masters in management and EMBA graduates contributed significantly to [HEC Paris’s] overall success. But it does not score highly in every category — it has one of the lowest proportions of female faculty at 18 per cent, joint third-lowest on the table.
In this year’s ranking, INSEAD leads the field for its full-time MBA program. Meanwhile, 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.
2019’s Best Business Schools in Europe
- HEC Paris
- London Business School
- SDA Bocconi
- University of St Gallen
- IESE Business School
- ESSEC Business School
- IE Business School
- ESMT Berlin
- Said Business School-Oxford
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.