The market for continued managerial education is one that is highly competitive all across the world. With a wide range of offers and differences in quality, those interested take their cue from the renowned global Financial Times Executive Education Ranking, which also takes participant feedback into consideration. Only a few German business schools active in this field make it onto this list of best universities.
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, which offers executive education programs through its campus in Düsseldorf, has made its first appearance in the overall ranking. In the most current Financial Times Executive Education Rankings for 2022, WHU has placed at #28 worldwide and #2 in Germany. This result is the product of a combination between the sub-rankings of the “Open Programs” and “Custom Programs” categories. Participants in the Open Programs need not be enrolled at the school. Rather, they can freely choose from a selection of different courses and bundle them together. WHU’s Customized Programs are specifically tailored to the needs of an inquiring organization—and it is with their recognition that WHU has been able to enter the combined overall ranking.
It is remarkable that WHU’s Customized Programs have already reached #57 worldwide and #3 in Germany with its debut appearance. “The conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic were really not easy,” said Dr. Heike Brost-Steffens, Director of Customized Programs. “Companies are still somewhat reluctant to book high-quality, customized programs. We are all the more pleased that our long-standing collaborations are being complemented by new partnerships with other companies seeking to benefit from WHU’s excellent research, pedagogy, and practical focus.”
WHU’s open programs in executive education now stand at #15 worldwide, jumping ahead twenty-two spots since 2020. When looking at schools in Europe, these programs have moved from #20 to #11.
“We are particularly pleased about our program’s outstanding performance in customer satisfaction,” noted Dr. Rebecca Winkelmann, Director of the Open Programs at WHU Executive Education. “We’re already being considered one of the best around the world when it comes to the design and preparation of these courses, and our faculty has much to celebrate.” Winkelmann attributes this positive development to the high-quality further education formats, the high degree of interactivity, a practical focus, and the special networking possibilities for the participants. She sees the resultant rankings as a clear sign that the program’s management team is on the right track.
Professor Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU, also expressed his delight at the news: “Given that executive education is one of WHU’s strategic fields of growth, I am very happy about this positive development. It gives me confidence in the future.”
A detailed look at the results of the Financial Times Executive Education Rankings for 2022 can be viewed here.