Global EMBA ranking: BI nr. 1 amongst the Nordic countries

14 October 2016

The BI-Fudan MBA programme is ranked as number 39 on Financial Times’ list of the 100 best Executive MBA programmes in the world. On the same prestigious list, the BI EMBA programme moves up five places.

Graduation for the BI-Fudan MBA programme in Oslo.

– It is very gratifying to see that both our Executive MBA programmes take a leap on Financial Times' (FT) prestigious list. The ranking includes the most influential business schools in the world and shows that BI is recognised as a top international school, says President of BI Norwegian Business School, Inge Jan Henjesand.

The BI-Fudan MBA is ranked on the FT ranking of the best Executive MBA programmes for the fourth consecutive year, climbing a total of nine places on this year's ranking. The BI Executive Masters of Business Administration (BI EMBA) moves up five places.

– Knowledge has become an arena of international competition and collaboration. With our partnership with School of Management Fudan University in Shanghai, we are doing what the best ranked EMBA programmes also do: combine the strengths of two schools and two cultures, says Henjesand. 

International Perspective 

Both EMBA programmes from BI target experienced business leaders who need state of the art academic input. The programmes are module based, which makes it possible to combine studies and a career. In order to give participants more international exposure, modules are held in several countries in cooperation with other top business schools.

– In an increasingly knowledge-focused, competitive and global world, life-long learning is the rule. Managers need to be able to perform in an international context, says Henjesand.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of BI and Fudan University School of Management's partnership - one of the oldest partnerships between a Western business school and a Chinese university. Over 2,000 Chinese managers currently have an MBA from BI.

– As this FT ranking clearly shows, top ranked schools are collaborating with other schools to develop the best international programmes. Our strategic partnership with School of Management Fudan University is important to give our candidates the expertise which is required in today's global business society, says Henjesand.

From BI-Fudan's 20 year celebration in Shanghai.

About the ranking: 

  • BI-Fudan is at 39th place (up nine places from last year). The programme is ranked ahead of Alto University, Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and Stockholm School of Economics (SSE).
  • BI EMBA is at 93rd place (five places up from last year). The programme is the only MBA-programme on the list offered by a Norwegian school/university.
  • Ranking of part-time MBA programmes is partly based on students' career development and salary, and the school's academic profile. FT also considers the number of international and female students and faculty, in addition to the international reach of the programme. A research rank based on publications in a defined set of journals is also part of this ranking.


  • BI was the first educational institution in the world that received approval to start an MBA programme in China.
  • FT has five separate rankings and BI participates in four of these. The fifth is for schools with full-time MBA programmes which BI does not have.
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