Financial Times Ranking 2019: Global Executive MBA again among the top 50

November 18, 2019

FT Executive MBA ranking 2019

Ranked 48th among the 100 MBA programs that qualified for the ranking, the WU Executive Academy’s Global Executive MBA has once again been ranked among the top 50 MBAs worldwide in the current Financial Times (FT) Executive MBA (EMBA) Ranking. Within the EU, the Global Executive MBA is #12 and in the German-speaking region (DACH region) it took 4th place. The program also received a top evaluation in two categories that are particularly important to (future) students: #9 worldwide for “work experience” and #13 worldwide for “international course experience.”

The FT EMBA Ranking has been considered the Champions League of globally leading business schools for many years. Only a minuscule percentage of MBA programs offered worldwide manage to meet the FT’s demanding criteria to enter the ranking, which is why people considering MBA studies pay attention to its results as much as to leading international accreditations.

In 2019, the most significant MBA ranking of the year is once again dominated by the “usual suspects.” The first place, however, is a relatively new program. Listed in the ranking for the first time last year (#6), it managed to climb all the way to the top in 2019: the International EMBA of HEC Paris took the first place, followed by the Kellogg-HKUST Business School (#2) and TRIUM: HEC/LSE/NYU Stern (#3).

Consistently among the top 50 worldwide

“What a great success! At rank 48, our Global Executive MBA has managed to secure a spot among the 50 leading MBA programs of the world for the fourth time in five years. I am really happy as this result reflects all the efforts we have invested into continuously improving the quality of our MBA programs and making our offers even more attractive for our students,” says Barbara Stöttinger, Dean of the WU Executive Academy. She adds, “We have climbed up to the 12th place in the EU (#4 in the DACH region), which is remarkable because we have surpassed some truly excellent programs by internationally renowned universities like the Copenhagen Business School, the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management or the Mannheim Business School/Tongji University.”

Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger

  • Rector of WU Wien

WU has already brought home excellent results with its master’s and MBA programs this year. These top positions in rankings show that WU offers internationally renowned training and further education programs. Once again, they prove that WU counts among the leading universities of economics and business. In any case, rankings serve as orientation to prospective students, helping them identify the most suitable training and further education programs.

Top results in program quality and career development 

Once again, this year’s ranking was based on 16 categories that focus on program quality and career development prospects of alumni. In categories which are particularly important to students, the Global Executive MBA even managed to secure spots in the top 15. It ranks 9th (#3 in the EU, #1 in the DACH region) for “work experience,” which means it received a higher ranking than the top-10 programs of the London Business School (#27) and the Kellog-HKUST Business School (#12). What is more, the program took the 13th place (#3 in the EU, #1 in the DACH region) in the “international course experience” category, ranking even before the CEIBS Global EMBA (#18) and the Oxford EMBA (#34).

Financial Times 2019

View the full Financial Times Executive MBA Report

The ranking results are available here online.

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