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Executive MBA information meeting 15.1.2019 - Henley Business School Finland,

World top 25 for Executive MBA programme

The world ranking of Executive MBA programmes from the Economist shows the value and quality of our Executive MBA – Global programme, positioning our course no. 21 in the world and no. 10 in Europe, and highlighting strengths in a number of other areas including diversity, student quality, course content, careers, alumni network and salary increase.

Today’s MBA ranking follows our recent success in the FT Executive Education ranking, with Henley securing world top 25 rankings for both programmes.

The Economist Executive MBA ranking broadly measures two areas, personal development/educational experience and career development, and is an important guide for helping prospective MBA students in assessing and selecting the right educational provider for their future study.

In a competitive job market, it is vital that our MBA programme members are provided with an experience that helps with their chosen career path. Personal and professional development is a key area of focus on our global programme. We were one of the first pioneers to embed personal development in our Executive MBA. 50 years later it remains a cornerstone of our programme to this day. This is reflected in our position of no. 9 in Europe for overall personal development and educational experience.

As well as being taught by our UK-based expert academics and practitioners, students can feel assured that they will also learn from, and alongside, a strong and varied cohort of experienced executive peers, with our programme ranked highly for student quality criteria:

  • Years of work experience: No. 1 in Europe and no. 2 in the world
  • Years of management experience: No. 5 in Europe and no. 9 in the world
  • Quality of students: No. 6 in Europe and no. 21 in the world
  • Culture and classmates: No. 2 in Europe and no. 13 in the world

As a business school that champions women in leadership, we are also proud to see that we are no. 6 in Europe for gender balance of students in the cohort. Additionally we are no. 1 in the world for the gender balance of our faculty.

Exposure and connections across the globe and a variety of industries are an important part of any education and our strength in this area is noted in our world top 20 ranking for networking. We have campuses and offices around the world and more than 75,000 alumni from 170 countries, and the strength of this network provides programme members with a strong resource to help build their future as successful business leaders.

  • Ability to network: No. 6 in Europe and no. 14 in the world
  • Number of business school alumni branches across the world: No. 6 in Europe and no. 9 in the world
  • Student rating of the helpfulness of EMBA alumni: No. 5 in Europe and no. 21 in the world

The quality of programme content and careers service is evident from our world top 20 position for programme content, and overall careers development results:

  • Student rating of programme content: No.7 in Europe and no. 17 in the world
  • Overall career development: No. 10 in Europe and no. 19 in the world
  • Percentage increase in salary after one year compared to pre-MBA salary: No. 8 in Europe and no. 19 in the world
  • Percentage of alumni who have been promoted or grown their company since graduation: No. 5 in Europe and no. 9 in the world

Dr Anne Dibley, Programme Area Director for the Henley MBA, comments: “We are proud to be ranked no. 21 in the world for Executive MBA programmes. This is a clear reflection of Henley’s strong commitment to our students’ personal and professional development throughout the programme. Our MBA’s global perspective and focus on responsible leadership enable us to develop outstanding business leaders ready to take on challenges and shape opportunities in today’s fast-moving and complex world. Supported by Henley’s world class faculty and staff and an experienced and diverse group of peers, our programme members develop the skills, and competences needed to achieve their career aspirations, whatever they may be.”

The Executive MBA – Global is designed to develop outstanding business leaders ready to take on challenges in today’s fast-moving global economy. The programme includes a high level of face to face interaction with academics and peers, group collaboration, personal development, careers coaching and mentoring, to further enhance their management skills and prepare them for the challenges of senior leadership. We are committed to developing leaders with social and corporate responsibility and as part of the course we provide the opportunity to work with charities and NGOs in South Africa, an integral part of the Henley MBA experience. Alongside our learning modules, our multi-campus MBA programme also features a single international cohort with immersive overseas study experiences delivered in the UK, Europe, South Africa and the USA.

View the full results of the ranking on the Economist website. 

Find out more about our Executive MBA – Global programme.

Jennika Rantanen - Henley Business School Finland

Jennika Rantanen

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