BI is among the best executive education providers globally

22 May 2023

The Financial Times ranks BI’s executive customised and open-enrolment programmes among the best globally in its Executive Education rankings 2023.

“All programmes which make the cut on this list are characterized by high quality. The list is used as a global benchmark to attract top international faculty and students, and for international companies. These results are crucial to BI´s brand and to build awareness in the growing international executive market,” says President of BI Karen Spens.

Each year the Financial Times (FT) publishes their Executive Education Ranking, which consists of two categories, one for customised programmes offered in the B2B market and one for open-enrollment courses. The rankings are based on surveys of alumni, corporate customers and school data.

BI ranks nr. 51 in the world for open-enrolment courses and nr. 65 for customized programmes. Both categories take into account a range of 14 factors, including the extent to which the courses met participants’ expectations (aims achieved), proportion of international participants, quality of teaching programmes, relevance of the skills gained to the workplace, and course design.

“This proves that we continue to deliver competitive executive education, which is valued by both our students and business partners ,” says Spens.

Europe on top
“European business schools dominate the top tiers of the FT’s 2023 main rankings of open-enrolment and custom executive education programmes — with some standout exceptions. Business schools headquartered in Europe offer 11 of the 12 top-ranked open programmes — headed by Barcelona’s Iese — and nine of the leading 12 custom courses, individually designed for client organisations. But Duke Corporate Education, based in the US, emphatically bucks the trend, taking the top spot in the custom ranking,” according to the FT.

“The data shows the continued variety and strength of business school executive education providers, despite pressure on training and development budgets from employers and competition from alternative providers including edtech companies, consultants and coaches,” writes the FT.


  • The Financial Times has nine rankings throughout the year, of which BI normally participates in five: Masters in Finance, Masters in Management, Executive Education Open and Customised programmes, Executive MBA, and the European Business Schools Ranking.
  • Executive education comprises usually shorter, non-degree programmes. The FT’s rankings of open-enrolment and custom courses are not comprehensive: each lists the top 75 of the total 105 schools which took part in the process.
  • For open programmes, schools submit one or two general management courses of at least three days, and one or two advanced management courses of at least five days. For custom courses, each school must have a minimum of 15 clients, of which at least five must complete evaluations.



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