ESADE Business School climbs the rankings yet again, this time in the Annual Executive Education ranking carried out by the Financial Times on Open and Custom programmes. Reflecting the school’s commitment to further developing their offerings in this area, ESADE has moved up 6 places in open programmes and 17 places in custom programmes.
In custom programs, ESADE broke into the top ten for the first time, ranking 8th in the world, (5th in Europe), while the school’s open programmes were ranked 26th worldwide (8th in Europe). Overall the ESADE was ranked number 20 in the world for Executive Education as a whole. ESADE’s custom programmes, which are imparted on clients’ premises or at ESADE’s Madrid, Barcelona and Buenos Aires campuses, as well at partner schools in other parts of the world, are those designed specifically to meet clients’ needs. Clients include Telefonica, Bunge, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Intermon Oxfam, IBM, Kpmg,
Wagonlit, and Deutsche Bank, among others.
Open programmes are those aimed at companies who wish to invest in specific individuals, giving them new management tools and exposing them to interaction with participants from other companies and sectors. ESADE’s Program for Management Development (PMD) (offered in Barcelona, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Cordova (Argentina) and Curativa (Brazil)), their Senior Executive Programme (SEP) (offered in Barcelona and Madrid) and their new Programme for Leadership Development (PLD) (with modules in St. Gallen, Munich, Berlin and Barcelona) are the schools key offerings in this area.
The structure of the FT Executive ranking is such that 80% for the final score depends on client satisfaction. ESADE’s Executive Education
team are particularly good at working with clients, listening to their needs and treating them as partners in the design of the programmes, it was no surprise then that our clients particularly highlighted the school’s excellence in the ‘Preparation’ criteria. This considers, “the level of interaction, the extent to which purchasers’ ideas were integrated; and the effectiveness of the business school in integrating its latest research into the programme”. ESADE’s custom programme clients also highlighted the school’s excellence in teaching materials and in offering programmes overseas.
In open programmes, clients’ were particularly impressed with ESADE’s work with partner schools (a criteria based on the quality of programmes taught with other schools). ESADE is well accustomed to working with other leading schools from across the globe, in all units of the business school (Executive Education, MBA’s, MSc’s, Undergraduate degrees…). Highlights of this year have been the launch of the Global Executive MBA (with Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and their McDonough School of Business); the Program for Leadership Development with the University of St. Gallen), CSR:
Strategic Integration and Competitiveness CSR: Stategic Integration and Competitivness (with Stanford Graduate School of Business) and Beyond Pretty with The Art Center College of Design). Clients also gave high marks to the follow-up ESADE offers after the completion of the programmes, the school’s facilities, its international location (“programmes run outside the schools’ base country and region”).
“We are delighted to be ranked as one of the top ten providers of custom programmes,” stated Jaume Hugas, ESADE’s Director of Executive Education. “The Executive Education team has worked hard at exceeding clients’ expectations, listening to their ideas, and combining them with ESADE’s experience in designing and teaching programmes, to come up with proposals that fit their needs perfectly. Our work with corporate universities, for example, has been particularly ground-breaking. Where other schools are merely dipping their toes in the water, ESADE partnering with corporate universities, creating spaces for them to share experiences and taking the lead in finding the best ways to work together.”
To read the FT article on Corporate Universities featuring comments from ESADE’s Dean, Alfons Sauquet, click here.