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Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Ranks #1 in Germany

The 2021 Financial Times Rankings list WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management at 24th place worldwide

The Financial Times rankings are globally recognized international assesments of business schools around the world. According to this year’s EMBA Rankings, the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA program placed 24th worldwide and 1st in Germany.

“WHU has made significant progress within the EMBA program in the last two years. Our jump from 34th to 24h place since 2019 does well to support this statement,” shares Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU. “Considering the tumultuous times brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, by which the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA program was our most seriously hit, WHU is especially proud of its hitherto progress and continuous strive for improvement,” Rudolf says, sharing that, “it is particularly gratifying to see these efforts reflected in such world-renowned rankings.”

Analysis of the rankings, which were characterized by some inconsistencies caused by the pandemic in the last two years, shows that WHU scores particularly well in the categories "career progress" - calculated based on changes in the seniority level and company size in which alumni currently work versus previous to their EMBA (#7) and "international board" – percentage of board members whose citizenship differs from the business school location (#11). WHU also performed well in the categories of "work experience" - a measure of the pre-EMBA experience of alumni based on previously held position seniority and time spent in each position, organization size, and international work experience (#19) and “research” – in which WHU advanced eight places from 2020 and which is calculated and weighted according to the number of articles published by a school’s active fulltime faculty members in certain scientific journals (#20).

The Financial Times EMBA Ranking 2021 evaluated a total of 100 EMBA programs worldwide. WHU did especially well when compared with its fellow programs within Germany including ESMT Berlin, ESSEC-Mannheim Business School (an EMBA partnership program), Frankfurt School of Finance, and Mannheim Business School, which came in at 36th, 45th, 83rd, and 92nd respectively.

As alumni surveys and information provided by the schools themselves are used to establish the rankings, WHU is most grateful to the alumni who participated in the survey, to Professor Dr. Jürgen Weigand as the Academic Director of the program, to Program Director Hanne Mai and the entire program management team.

Please find the complete results of the ranking here.


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