Excellent ranking results

Ranked #9 for EMBA in Europe. Ranked #20 in the world for executive education.

We know that quality of faculty, networking opportunities, potential to increase your salary and personal development are vital to you in selecting your MBA, Executive MBA (EMBA) or executive education provider.

There are thousands of business schools and MBA programmes in the world, but only few of them are ranked high on a regular basis. In the Nordic region, there is no other school than Henley Business School to break its way into high places in global rankings with so many management education programmes.

Henley Business School has once again achieved excellent results in the following categories and been awarded world-class rankings.

Executive MBA

Financial Times Global EMBA Ranking 2016

Henley Business School improves world-class positions in latest Financial Times ranking

For the second year running, Henley Business School rose in the rankings and maintained its position as one of the world’s top 50 business schools in the 2016 FT ranking of the best Executive MBA programmes. Henley Business School is also positioned in the UK’s top 10 and Europe’s top 20 schools.

Of particular note were consistently strong positions achieved in the following key measures:

Salary, career, aims achieved

A world top 25 position for aims achieved is a mark of how well Henley MBAs succeed in achieving their personal and professional goals. The financial rewards also hit a world top 25 position for post MBA percentage salary increases, with average salary increases of 60%.

Diverse and international learning experience

A significant number of international faculty and students, together with a high proportion of female students and faculty (number 1 in the world) means that Henley students benefit from a diverse and international learning experience.

Research quality

A measure of the level and depth of a school’s research is the number of PhD and DBA graduates – Henley Business School is now ranked at number 13 in the world. Research is at the heart of Henley, which is home to 150 specialist faculty, many of whom are internationally-renowned research-led academics – 88% of our full-time faculty hold a PhD degree.

Further details on the 2016 Financial Times rankings.

Financial Times - EMBA ranking

Economist EMBA Ranking 2015

The Economist places Henley Business School number 36 in the world, top 10 in Europe and number 4 in UK for its EMBA programmes.

Henley scores impressively well in the following criteria used by the Economist to compare schools:

Top 5 in the world for student quality

The quality of learning at Henley is enhanced through a diverse group of students sharing their considerable and varied experiences and cultural differences.

Number 12 in the world for strength of network

Henley’s alumni network now numbers in excess of 60,000 in 150 countries and has been developed over its 70 year history.

World 17 for percentage increase in salaries

Salary increase is now positioned at number 17 in the world for percentage increase in salary on graduation.

Top 20 in the world for quality of programme

The quality of programme content is placed in the world’s top 20.

Further details on The Economist rankings

Economist - EMBA ranking

Executive Education

Henley ranked #1 Executive Education provider located in the Nordics

Today’s Financial Times Executive Education rankings confirm our position as leading Executive Education provider located in the Nordics.

We also hold a respectable position amongst the growing number of business schools across the globe. The combined Financial Times results, combining custom and open programmes, place Henley 22nd in the world and 12th in Europe.

The results reinforce our reputation for transforming individuals and organisations through expert teaching and research. Launched in 1999, the ranking is largely determined by clients’ ratings and is an important resource for organisations looking to invest in development of senior managers and improve corporate performance.

Open programmes

Our open programmes, focusing on key levers of corporate success such as leadership, management, coaching and HR, achieved world top 20 and Europe top 10 positions in a number of specific areas:

  • New skills and learning
  • Course design
  • Teaching methods and materials
  • International location
  • Faculty

We have also risen up the ranks to top 25 in the world for the extent and effectiveness of follow-up with course participants. Continued support is an important element of learning at Henley and programme participants have access to an online learning portal, before, during and after course completion.

Custom programmes

Tailored to meet the needs of specific clients, our custom programmes are co-created and draw on our experience in leadership, management and organisation development. Each programme is unique and designed to ensure that executive learning contributes to organisational success.

We are a renowned international institution with campuses, offices and partnerships around the world, more than 70,000 alumni in 170 countries, and further evidenced by our position as no. 1 in the UK and no. 2 in the world for international clients.

We have seen particular success in South Africa and Finland this year and we continue to hold a higher global ranking than competitor Schools in both countries.

Our success in continually adapting to meet current business needs can be seen in our strong improvements and positions rated in the top 30 in the world for:

  • Aims achieved
  • Preparation
  • New skills and learning
  • Follow-up

The full ranking results can be seen on the Financial Times website.

Financial Times - EMBA ranking


In addition to above rankings, Henley Business School and University of Reading are placed in numerous other ranking concerning the business school, university and many other degree programmes. Read more about our global reputation and rankings on our UK website

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