Business schools around the world do not merely offer undergraduate and post-graduate study programs that lead to an academic degree. They also make available executive education courses, which prospective participants—those with experience working in a managerial position or aspiring to such a position—or companies can book individually and without full enrollment. For them, the Financial Times Executive Education Ranking is an important source of information when choosing the program that suits them best.
In the latest edition of the ranking, published today on May 22, 2023, the Executive Education programs of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management have received excellent scores. The ranking consists of two sub-rankings: one for Open Executive Education Programs, booked by individuals; and one for Custom Executive Education Programs, which are tailored for and booked by companies. The overall list combines the results of both sub-rankings for schools offering both program types.
In this overall list, WHU has placed #31 worldwide and #2 in Germany. In the sub-ranking for the Open Executive Education Programs,WHU stands at #25 worldwide, meaning that the school has risen twelve spots from its #37 position in pre-COVID-19 times (2020). The WHU Customized Executive Education Programs have been able to keep their position at #57 worldwide. “Given the exceptionally difficult market situation for executive education programs both during and after the pandemic, I am very pleased with the positive evaluations from our program participants,” says Professor Christian Andres, Dean of WHU.
Looking at the results in closer detail, it is clear that WHU’s Open Programs have performed particularly well in several categories, including preparation (#14), i.e., the provision of advanced information on program content and participant selection process; course design (#15); follow-up after the course participants returned to their workplace, as well as their networking opportunities with their fellow participants (#16); and faculty, meaning the quality of teaching and the extent to which teaching staff worked together to present a coherent program (#16).
The WHU Customized Programs scored well in the quantity and quality of programs developed or taught in conjunction with other EQUIS- or AACSB-accredited business schools (#37), in the follow-up following the completion of a course (#40), and in the percentage of international clients (#43).
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