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Financial Times Releases 2016 Executive Education Rankings

May 26, 2016 IMD leads open enrollment list for fifth year in a row

Swiss business school IMD leads the Financial Times' open enrollment executive education rankings for the fifth year in a row. 

The FT's executive education rankings cover both open enrollment and customized programs. Iese Business School and Harvard Business School each climbed one spot to snag spots two and three. 

HEC Paris notably dropped six spots, from position two in 2015 to eight this year. The University of Chicago Booth and Insead both dropped out of the top ten this year, from five to 14 and from seven to 11 respectively. 

Meanwhile, several other schools climbed into the top spots, such as the University of Virginia, Darden, which rose from 11 to six, and University of Michigan, Ross, which rose from nine to five. The Center for Creative Leadership dropped one spot, from five to six, while Esade Business School held steady at seven and the University of Oxford, Saïd climbed from ten to nine.

On the customized program ranking, Iese Business School, HEC Paris and Duke Corporate Education took the top three spots, as they did last year. The rest of the top ten saw some reshuffling, with IMD climbing from six to four, London Business School dropping from four to five, SDA Bocconi rising from seven to six, the Center for Creative Leadership rising from eight to seven, and Insead breaking into the top ten by rising from 11 to eight. Meanwhile, Mannheim Business School dropped out of the top ten, falling six spots from five to 11. 

This is the 18th year in a row that the FT has ranked international executive education programs. In order to qualify for the rankings, schools must have received at least $2 million from their executive education programs and must have international accreditation. 

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