General information on ranking

Name of the ranking FT Executive Education Open-Enrolment Ranking
Geographical scope Global
Name of person in charge of ranking Judith Pizer
Website of the ranking
Publication frequency annual
First year of publication 2007
Most recent year of publication 2023
Date of last update 2023-07-21
Ranking organization The Financial Times Limited
Website of the methodology

The open-enrolment ranking is compiled using data from course providers and individuals who completed their nominated management programmes in 2022. Schools submit one or two general courses of at least three days in length and one or two advanced courses of at least five days. At least 20 per cent of these programmes’ participants must complete the FT survey, with a minimum of 20 completed surveys, for a school to be considered in the ranking.

Responses by advanced and general-level participants are combined to calculate the first eight ranking criteria. These criteria inform 80 per cent of the ranking. School data is used to calculate the remaining criteria on female and international participants, growth, international location, partner schools and faculty diversity. The ranking considers the following indicators:

Preparation (9.5%) - provision of advance information on programme content and the participant selection process. 

Course design (10.3%) - flexibility of the course and appropriateness of class size, structure and design. 

Teaching methods and materials (10.0%) - extent to which teaching methods and materials were contemporary and appropriate, and included a suitable mix of academic rigour and practical relevance. 

Faculty (10.5%) - quality of teaching and the extent to which teaching staff worked together to present a coherent programme. 

Quality of participants (9.7%) - the extent to which other programme participants were of the appropriate managerial and academic standard, the international diversity of participants and the quality of interaction among peers. 

New skills and learning (10.6%) - relevance of skills gained to the workplace, the ease with which they were implemented, and the extent to which the course encouraged new ways of thinking. 

Follow-up (9.1%) - level of follow-up offered after participants returned to their workplace, and networking opportunities with fellow participants. 

Aims achieved (10.3%) - extent to which personal and professional expectations were met, and the likelihood that participants would recommend the programme. 

Female participants (2.0%) - percentage of female course participants. 

International participants (3.0%) - based on the percentage of participants from outside the business school’s base country and region. 

International location (2.0%) - extent to which programmes are run outside the school’s base country and region. 

Growth (5.0%) - based on the overall growth in revenues from open programmes, as well as the growth in revenues from repeat business. 

Partner schools (3.0%) - quantity and quality of programmes taught in conjunction with other Equis- or AACSB-accredited business schools. 

Faculty diversity (5.0%) - diversity of school faculty according to citizenship and gender.

Additional information

  • Type of publication: internet, print - magazine, newspaper
  • Internet users access to ranking: open access
  • Language of publication: English
  • Main target groups: employers, higher education institutions, policymakers, governments and funding agencies
  • Level of comparison: institutional: 75
  • Major dimensions covered: internationalization, reputation, teaching, other: relevance of skills gained to the workplace
  • Structure of presentation: multi-indicator ranking, standard presentation (league tables)
  • Data sources: data collected from HEIs by ranking organization, survey conducted exclusively by ranking organization
  • Quality assurance of ranking: advisory board, periodic consultancy
  • Website of the ranking organization:
  • Types of the ranking organization: commercial/for-profit (incl. media)
  • Types of rankings: business