This ranking is of great interest to managers who would like to take advantage of the high-quality offerings of higher education without participating in a full EMBA degree program. An open executive education program offers the opportunity to acquire specific management skills and methodological knowledge. Networking with other program participants is also an important factor for many. However, there is a wide range of offers on the further education market and they often differ significantly in quality. The Financial Times Executive Education Ranking is therefore an important orientation aid for interested managers.
WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management is one of the top addresses in Germany for the continuing education of experienced managers. The portfolio includes customized programs for individual companies, open programs for individual participants or small groups of companies and the Certified-in-Programs, a further education option at MBA level. In May 2020, WHU expanded the Executive Education portfolio to include online formats in the areas of negotiation, design thinking and coaching. In the "Open Programs", WHU offers seminars on digitization, entrepreneurship, finance, leadership and negotiation strategies, among others.
In this year's FT Ranking, the business school was able to improve its ranking by a further eight places compared to last year's result. "The ranking confirms that WHU has established itself in international competition with its executive education programs," says Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU. "It reflects not only the high quality of the program, but also the commitment and hard work we put into the continuous improvement of our teaching".
For the third time, WHU is now participating in the Financial Times Executive Education Ranking. In 2018, it reached 60th place, and by 2020 it is already among the top 40 executive education providers worldwide. This advancement was achieved in particular through improvements in the categories "Preparation" (rank 25), "Course Design" (rank 27), "Teaching" (rank 31) and "Faculty" (rank 34). WHU also scored particularly well in terms of the internationality of its participants (25th place). The FT Executive Education Ranking lists the 75 best international continuing education programs in the category "Open Programs". They are ranked according to the quality of teaching, the course structure and the diversity of participants. The evaluation is based on information from the universities as well as on surveys of program graduates. "We are pleased that our participants are so satisfied with the course design, the faculty and the diversity of the program," says Dr. Rebecca Winkelmann, Managing Director Executive Education, enthusiastically. "They recognize that we offer an excellent further education for executives on an international level with our Executive Education programs."
In January, WHU's MBA program already achieved an excellent position in the Financial Times MBA Ranking 2020, once again taking first place among German universities. In a European comparison, WHU is one of the top 15 MBA providers, worldwide it ranks 64th.