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WHU Full-Time MBA #1 in Germany for the third time

WHU moves up 10 ranks in Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2021

In the internationally highly regarded ranking of the Financial Times, WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management moves up another 10 places worldwide and remains securely in the top spot in Germany with its full-time MBA program.

If you would like to give your career a boost with a full-time Master of Business Administration degree and are looking for the best-ranked university in Germany offering such a program, you will find it in Düsseldorf. WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management achieved first place in Germany in the international "Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2021" in 2021 and is consistently working its way up the international rankings. "International competition is fierce, and as a small, private university with campuses in Düsseldorf and Vallendar, we are in competition with renowned business schools such as the Yale School of Management in the USA, the London Business School, or Insead in France and Singapore," states Prof. Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU. "But we are committed to excellence. At the moment, we are the best German business school in all degree programs and are among the top 20 business schools in Europe overall. We are determined to soon be among the best 10 in Europe." Having already ranked 64th in 2020, WHU has improved for the third year in a row, now up a full 10 places in the global rankings to 54th since last year.

"What our graduates attest to above all else is that they are better equipped to realize their goals as a direct result of their studies," remarks Prof. Dr. Martin Fassnacht, academic director of the on-site Düsseldorf MBA programs. "But the international learning experience during their studies is also exceedingly important, especially for careers in globally active corporations. Studying alongside international colleagues, the international modules, and our networking events are highly valued by students." This is confirmed by the rankings in the categories "international course experience" (3rd place), "international mobility" (18th place) and "aims achieved" (20th place).

"The fact that we were also able to improve by 10 places in this trying, pandemic-ridden year makes me particularly happy," adds the director of on-site MBA programs, Gerold Gnau. After the lockdown in the spring, the university had already reopened its lecture halls for classes in the hybrid format by the beginning of July. The prerequisite for this was a vast technical and infrastructural upgrade in an exceptionally short time, as well as a tremendously rapid transformation of the hitherto practiced didactic concepts and teaching formats. "Our MBA participants were thus able to start or continue their studies without any loss of time and in the best possible way under the current circumstances," says Gerold Gnau.

In terms of ranking results, 2020 was a particularly successful year for WHU. In the internationally relevant rankings of the Financial Times and The Economist and in the German CHE ranking, WHU consistently achieved top rankings in Germany and exceptional results on a global scale.

FT Executive MBA Ranking: #1 Germany, #16 wordwide

FT Full-Time MBA Ranking 2021: #1 Germany, #54 wordwide

FT Executive Education Open Programs Ranking: #2 Germany, #37 worldwide

FT Masters in Management Ranking: #1 Germany, #12 worldwide

FT Masters in Finance Ranking (first participation): #1 Germany, #22 worldwide

The Economist “Which MBA? Executive MBA Ranking”: #1 Germany, #4 worldwide

CHE Ranking for Master’s Degree Programs: Top tier Germany

CHE Special Evaluation (changes by COVID-19): grade 1.21 Germany

The Financial Times Full-Time MBA Ranking annually evaluates the top 100 full-time MBA programs in the world. The ranking is composed of several categories including student satisfaction, as well as factors such as career and salary development after graduation, and student and faculty diversity.

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