BI enters FT Global EMBA ranking

21 October 2013

For the first time BI Norwegian Business School has been ranked by the prestigious Financial Times (FT) ranking of the world’s best Executive MBA programmes. The result was published on Monday, October 21.

54th place

As a partner institution with Fudan University, one of China's leading universities, BI is now included in the FT list. Our EMBA programme places as number 54 among business schools and universities around the world, and BI is with in the select company of the 100 best educational institutions globally. In China, the programme is ranked as one of the ten best in the market.

- It is great to see BI and Fudan University on the list of the world's best EMBA programmes. This is a ranking of the best educational and research institutions in the world, and the result confirm that we deliver a relevant education of high academic quality, says Tom Colbjørnsen, president of BI Norwegian Business School.

- Important to succeed in China

BI has cooperated with Fudan University since 1996, and all in all about 2000 Chinese middle managers have an Master degree from BI. Since our partnership began, there has been a steep increase in competition from other providers of EMBA education in China.

-It is important for BI to succeed in China. With increasingly strong international competition, it is particularly good to see that we are ranked ahead of strong educational institutions in Europe. Our goal is to be the foremost partner school for businesses in Norway and certain other countries. We are proud of what we have achieved in cooperation with Fudan University in Shanghai, Colbjørnsen concludes.

Some of the factors that determine the ranking of EMBA programmes are the students' career development, salary developments and the school's academic profile.

See the complete ranking here.


- BI Norwegian Business School was the first educational institution in the world to have an international MBA approved in China.

- FT has five different rankings, and BI is now part of four of them. The fifth ranking is for schools with full-time MBA programmes, something BI does not offer.

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