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Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2018: Global Executive MBA back in the top 50

The WU Ex­ec­ut­ive Academy’s Global Ex­ec­ut­ive MBA pro­gram is back in the top 50 of the Fin­an­cial Times Ex­ec­ut­ive MBA (EMBA) Rank­ing, the most im­port­ant an­nual MBA rank­ing world­wide. The pro­gram climbed 23 places, com­ing in at an ex­cel­lent 45th place (13th in the EU / 4th in the Ger­man-speak­ing re­gion) out of a total of 100 pro­grams lis­ted in the 2018 FT rank­ing, which was pub­lished today. Apart from this out­stand­ing over­all res­ult, the Global MBA pro­gram also achieved ex­cel­lent scores in the in­di­vidual cat­egor­ies of the rank­ing.

The Fin­an­cial Times’ renowned EMBA rank­ing is the lead­ing MBA pro­gram rank­ing world­wide and one of the most im­port­ant points of refer­ence for pro­spect­ive MBA stu­dents. Achiev­ing a good pos­i­tion in this prom­in­ent rank­ing is cru­cial for busi­ness schools around the world. “Our ex­cel­lent place in this year’s rank­ing is not only a great suc­cess for us, it also con­firms to our alumni that they made the right choice. 23 places up in the over­all rank­ing, and sig­ni­fic­ant im­prove­ments in 11 of the 16 evalu­ation cri­teria – that’s a clear sig­nal,” says WU Ex­ec­ut­ive Academy Dean Bar­bara Stöttinger. WU Rector Edel­traud Hanap­pi-Eg­ger is also proud of the ex­cel­lent res­ults the Global Ex­ec­ut­ive MBA pro­gram has achieved in this year’s rank­ing. “I’m very pleased that the Global Ex­ec­ut­ive MBA has con­tin­ued the pos­it­ive trend, fol­low­ing our ex­cel­lent 13th place in the Mas­ters of Man­age­ment Rank­ing and the ex­cel­lent pos­i­tions achieved by our mas­ter’s pro­grams in Quant­it­at­ive Fin­ance (place 20) and Strategy, In­nov­a­tion, and Man­age­ment Con­trol (place 18) in the QS Busi­ness Mas­ters Rank­ings. These res­ults show that WU’s aca­demic pro­grams are held in high regard around the world and that we’ve carved out a place among the world’s lead­ing busi­ness and eco­nom­ics uni­versit­ies.”

CSR and changes in how cri­teria are weighted

For the first time in a while, this year’s Fin­an­cial Times EMBA Rank­ing in­tro­duces some changes in its meth­od­o­logy: Cor­por­ate so­cial re­spons­ib­il­ity (CSR) has been ad­ded as a new rank­ing cri­terion (ac­count­ing for 3% of the over­all rank­ing). In this cat­egory, the Fin­an­cial Times looks at how many of a pro­gram’s cur­riculum mod­ules deal with top­ics re­lated to CSR, eth­ics, and so­cial and en­vir­on­mental is­sues. The dif­fer­ent cri­teria have been re-­weighted, and one in­ter­est­ing change is that the rank­ing now places more em­phasis on gender­-re­lated factors. “The rank­ing now gives sig­ni­fic­antly more weight to three cat­egor­ies that meas­ure the per­cent­ages of fe­male fac­ulty, fe­male stu­dents, and wo­men on the ad­vis­ory board. To­gether, these cat­egor­ies now ac­count for 12% of the over­all score, up from 9% pre­vi­ously. Di­versity is be­com­ing more and more im­port­ant in the Fin­an­cial Times rank­ing, and we wel­come this devel­op­ment,” Bar­bara Stöttinger ex­plains.

What the Fin­an­cial Times EMBA Rank­ing means for stu­dents

“Of course this res­ult is great news for us at the Ex­ec­ut­ive Academy be­cause it shows that all the hard work of the past few years is pay­ing off and we’re head­ing in the right dir­ec­tion. But what’s more im­port­ant is to look at what this achieve­ment means for our stu­dents and alumni,” Bar­bara Stöttinger points out. The top­ics in­cluded in the rank­ing cover three gen­eral areas: ca­reer devel­op­ment, di­versity at the school, and re­search/CSR (new). In the field of ca­reer devel­op­ment, the Global Ex­ec­ut­ive MBA achieved sig­ni­fic­antly higher scores com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year in the fol­low­ing cat­egor­ies: salary in­crease (+47%), ca­reer pro­gress (place 67 out of 100), aims achieved (78%). The scores were even bet­ter in the field of di­versity, where the pro­gram achieved bet­ter rat­ings in five out of seven cat­egor­ies (in­clud­ing the three gender­-re­lated cat­egor­ies). In the field of re­search, WU’s Global Ex­ec­ut­ive MBA climbed four pos­i­tions com­pared to the 2017 rank­ing, and the pro­gram’s cur­riculum also did very well in CSR-re­lated areas, com­ing in at 43rd place in this field.

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