BI withdraws from the FT MiM ranking 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

16 April 2020

As COVID-19 spreads, BI understands that many candidates and alumni from BI in Norway and across the world are in a difficult situation with increased job insecurity and trying domestic circumstances due to social distancing. Therefore, BI Norwegian Business School has decided to withdraw from the Financial Times Masters in Management 2020 ranking.

The Financial Times Masters in Management ranking includes a survey of BI MSc in Business (siviløkonom) alumni three years after graduation. Among the criteria are the graduates’ salary and career development, as well as international experience while studying. The ranking also takes into account the proportion of women and foreign citizens on the BI board, amongst our faculty and in the student body.

“BI has the utmost respect for the difficult situation many of our alumni face, and we do not want to add to their burden by involving them in the ranking this year. We have informed the Financial Times about our reasons for withdrawing, and we want to emphasize that this decision is with regards to this year’s ranking only and that we will rejoin next year,” says Janicke Rasmussen, Dean Master at BI Norwegian Business School.

Ms Rasmussen elaborates: " After extensive feedback from and discussion with our alumni community we simply feel that this is not the right time to participate. Over several years, the FT MiM ranking has demonstrated that BI is among the leading business schools in the world. For our students this means that their diploma represents outstanding quality, and for the business community it confirms that they get the best skills and talent when recruiting from BI. We understand that not participating in this programme ranking will affect BI’s placement in the FT’s European School Rankings 2020 later this year, but we are determined to come back even stronger next year. ”

About the ranking:

FT has 9 programme rankings, and BI participates in five of these: Masters in Finance, Masters in Management, Executive Education - Open, Executive Education - Customized, Executive MBA, and the European business schools ranking. Among the criteria are the graduates’ salary and career development, as well as international experience while studying. The ranking also takes into account the proportion of women and foreign citizens on the BI board, amongst our faculty and in the student body.

BI on the FT MiM ranking 2016-2019:

  • Ranked 88 on the Financial Times’ global ranking of the 100 best Masters in Management programmes 2019
  • Ranked 87 on the Financial Times’ global ranking of the 100 best Masters in Management programmes 2018
  • Ranked 77 on the Financial Times’ global ranking of the 95 best Masters in Management programmes 2017
  • Ranked 71 on the Financial Times’ global ranking of the 90 best Masters in Management programmes 2016
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