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Financial Times: Barcelona-based IESE and ESADE among world’s top 10 business schools

The Barcelona-based business schools IESE and ESADE have been ranked among the 10 best business schools in the world according to the Executive Education Ranking 2015 by the ‘Financial Times’. For the 17th year, the British newspaper rated the best 85 customised programmes (tailor-made for corporate customers) and the top 75 open programmes (available to all working managers) in the world. With regard to the customised programme ranking, IESE came top worldwide while ESADE (part of the Ramon Llull University) is ranked 12th. As for the classification of the open programmes for executives, IESE ranked 3rd globally while ESADE was 7th. Among the top 100 educational institutions in the ranking, one can find another Catalan business school as well: Barcelona’s EADA is in 61st position for its customised programmes, and in 56th for the open ones.

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18 May 2015 09:23 PM

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Barcelona (ACN).- The Barcelona-based business schools IESE and ESADE have been ranked among the 10 best business schools in the world according to the Executive Education Ranking 2015 by the ‘Financial Times’ issued on Monday. For the 17th year, the British newspaper rated the best 85 customised programmes (tailor-made for corporate customers) and the top 75 open programmes (available to all working managers) in the world. With regard to the customised programme ranking, IESE came top worldwide while ESADE (part of the Ramon Llull University) is ranked 12th. As for the classification of the open programmes for executives, IESE ranked 3rd globally while ESADE was 7th. Among the top 100 educational institutions of the ranking, one can find another Catalan business school as well: Barcelona’s EADA is in 61st position for its customised programmes, and in 56th for the open ones.


IESE best in the world for customised programmes and 3rd for open courses

IESE has improved since last year both with regard to the executive customised and open programmes' ranking. The Catalan business school topped the combined ranking of executive short courses, jumping from 3rd position and ousting HEC Paris. IESE is rewarded for performing consistently well across all 15 criteria of the ranking. While the school ranked first only for faculty diversity, it is in the top 10 for all the remaining criteria. In particular, it came 2nd for preparation and 3rd for programme design and value for money.

Also with regard to the open courses' ranking, IESE performed very well, going from being the 6th best business school in the world to being the 3rd best. In particular, it stood out in three criteria: international location (as its courses are taught in Barcelona, Madrid, New York, Munich and Sao Paulo), partner schools (such as Harvard, Wharton and CEIBS) and faculty diversity.

The IESE centre is based in Barcelona but linked to the University of Navarra. It has provided executive courses to international companies such as: Oracle, The European Network of Transmission System Operators, Airbus, L'Oreal, Santander, BBVA, Telefonica and Danone, among others.

It has over 100 full-time professors and around 70 external collaborators from almost 30 countries with PhDs from the top business schools in the world. IESE’s alumni are an international community of more than 40,000 business and non-profit professionals and entrepreneurs spanning over 100 countries.

ESADE ranked 7th for open programmes and 12th for customised programmes

ESADE came 7th worldwide in the open programmes for executives ranking, gaining 2 positions in comparison to last year. The Catalan business school did particularly well according to the following criteria: partner schools, follow-up, and repeat business and growth. However, it ranked 12th with regard to its customised programmes, losing 6 positions in comparison to 2014.

ESADE is an international academic institution with over fifty years of history. It has both a Law School and a Business School, and has about 48,500 alumni around the world. Over the years, ESADE has forged deep-rooted ties with the business, economic and social sectors as a platform for education and innovation, as a benchmark research centre and as a stage for reflection and dialogue.

EADA is 61st for customised programmes and 56th for open programmes     

Despite not making the top 10 best business schools worldwide, EADA – based in downtown Barcelona – came a respectable 61st in the FT ranking for customised programmes and 56th in the open programmes ranking.

Founded in 1957, EADA was one of the first Spanish institutions to provide training programmes that specifically targeted the business world. It has over 120,000 alumni from over 40 countries all across the world.

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