FT’s Global EMBA Rankings are out

In this year’s ranking process for Financial Times annual global ranking of the best Executive MBA courses, a record 137 programs took part up from 129 the previous year, including 16 programs delivered jointly by more than one school. (AP)

The 16th edition of Financial Times (FT) annual global ranking of the best Executive MBA courses is here. The executive MBA programs are usually targeted at senior working managers.

But as one glances at the rankings, the sad fact is that there is not a single course from across the MENA region. Of course, some of the top courses are taught in UAE, Bahrain and Oman as part of their offshore campuses.

The top 5 

The top five courses as per the 2016 ranking are the following:

• Kellogg / HKUST Business School, China, (Kellogg-HKUST EMBA)
• Tsinghua University / Insead, China / Singapore / UAE / France, (Tsinghua-Insead EMBA)
• Trium: HEC Paris / LSE / New York University: Stern, France / UK / US, (Trium Global EMBA)
• Insead, France / Singapore / UAE (Insead Global EMBA)
• Washington University: Olin, China (Washington-Fudan EMBA)

The joint Sino-American program delivered by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Kellogg School of Management is at the top, having returned to the top of the ranking after a gap of two years.

Insead’s joint program dropped back into second place and its single-school program moving up three places to fourth, a place it last occupied in 2011. According to FT, it is the first time in five years that a single program broke into the top five. so strong was the hold of the main five global EMBAs.

In this year’s ranking process, a record 137 programs took part up from 129 the previous year, including 16 programs delivered jointly by more than one school.

For courses to be considered for ranking by FT there are strict norms: the EMBA must be cohort-based, with students enrolling and graduating together, and produce at least 30 graduates each year. Data for the ranking are collected using two online surveys: one completed by participating schools and one by alumni who graduated from their nominated programs in 2013.

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