FT Ranks IESE´s Global Executive MBA #8 in the World, #3 in Europe

  • Ranking highlights the quality and diversity of IESE participants, as well as the program´s international scope, relevancy and focus on responsible business

IESE Business School’s Global Executive MBA is among the top 10 programs in the world, according to the Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking for 2020, published today. IESE takes eighth position overall, and is third in Europe.

One of the reasons for IESE´s good position in the ranking is the high caliber of its participants, who are typically senior business leaders with around 15 years’ experience at top companies across the globe, as well as their international diversity (94% are international.) According to Eric Weber, IESE Business School´s Associate Dean and head of the Global Executive MBA program, “this diverse mix of backgrounds, perspectives and business knowledge that our participants bring to each class, creates a very dynamic and enriching learning environment. As participants have to collaborate closely with their high-level peers throughout the program, it also opens up numerous networking opportunities.”

With classes taught in five world cities on three continents, the truly international experience provided by the Global Executive MBA also stood out as key to the strong showing in the ranking. As did the program´s ability to help participants fulfill their goals.

First in the world for CSR

Finally, the FT ranking also highlighted the focus IESE places on responsible business leadership.  IESE placed first in the world on the Corporate Social Responsibility criterion, a measure which looks at the amount of course content dedicated to CSR, ethics, and social and environmental issues.

 “This strong ranking result is a reflection of the transformational impact of our Global Executive MBA and its ability to provide executives with the tools and vision needed to become outstanding global leaders. The fact we once again rank first in the world for corporate social responsibility, is a testament to the importance we place in making sure participants understand that the purpose of business, ultimately, must be to serve other people”, said Weber.

IESE´s Global Executive MBA is a 16 month long blended program that combines online learning with residential modules in five cities across the world. During the course, participants take in-person classes in five global business hubs: Barcelona, New York, Munich, Shanghai and Silicon Valley. They then customize their learning experience further by choosing from a portfolio of elective modules offered in Africa, Europe, India, Latin America, South East Asia and the United States.

The participants in the program hail from more than 30 different countries and 30 different industries, are on average 39 years old, and have around 15 years of professional experience. Nearly 40% are women. The next edition of IESE´s Global Executive MBA starts in April 2021.

This result comes after the FT also ranked the school first in the world for Executive Education, which IESE reached for the sixth consecutive year in 2020.

For more on rankings at IESE, see here.