WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management claimed 20th place among all European business schools in the latest Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking. While the number of universities evaluated increased from 90 to 95, WHU managed to improve its ranking result by three places as compared to 23rd place in 2019. WHU did come in at 19th place in 2020, but this was presumably due to pandemic-related shifts in the international ranking system. Within Germany, WHU ranked as the second-best business school in 2021. Other German business schools ranked as follows: ESMT #7, Mannheim Business School #21, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management #24, and HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management #60.
"In light of the Financial Times' changing evaluation criteria and the intensifying competition among universities in these extraordinarily challenging times, we are very happy to have kept WHU on its successful, upward trajectory. We have thus succeeded in confirming and consolidating the trend of recent years," commented Professor Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU.
The Financial Times' overall evaluation is based on the individual evaluations of four different degree programs of the respective year in European comparison. In 2021, WHU ranked 14th in the MBA program category, 12th in the EMBA program category, 18th in the Master-in-Management program category, and 20th in the Executive Education program category (the last of which being based on the 2020 results as Financial Times rankings were not caried out for Executive Education in 2021). WHU was thus able to maintain the strength of its programs in the face of the pandemic and continue to offer students highly attractive program options.
The international ranking also revealed another integral aspect to the continuing success of the school: WHU's increasingly diverse faculty. The share of female faculty members and the number of professors of foreign origin has continued to increase in recent years. "I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those involved who have worked so hard on the achievements of our excellent programs," added Markus Rudolf, "These results will no doubt be a further incentive for us to move up into the top 10 European business schools and studying at WHU will become even more valuable for our students."
The results of the FT European Business Schools Ranking 2021 can be found here.