Climbing on prestigious ranking

Developing varied and innovative teaching methods is one of the areas NHH and AFF have prioritised. That has lifted them higher up the ranking.

14 May 2018 08:40

Climbing on prestigious ranking

NHH and AFF climb seven places on Financial Times’ ranking of the world’s best open executive education programmes. Innovative and varied teaching methods are the main reason for the improvement.

NHH and AFF are ranked number 41 in the world and number 21 in Europe. In the Nordic countries, only Stockholm School of Economics is ranked higher than NHH and AFF.

‘This is best ranking we have had in five years. It’s a strong result given the increasing international competition we are experiencing,’ says Øystein Thøgersen, Rector of NHH.

Innovation produces results

Developing varied and innovative teaching methods is one of the areas NHH and AFF have prioritised.  That has lifted them higher up the ranking. 

The Financial Times ranking

The five sub-rankings on which FT's main ranking is based are (weighting in brackets):

  • Global MBA (25 per cent)
  • Masters in Management (25 per cent)
  • Executive MBA (25 per cent)
  • Executive Education Open Programmes (12,5 per cent)
  • Executive Education Custom Programmes (12,5 per cent)

‘Our highest priority is to offer innovative, relevant and varied programme content. We are therefore really proud to have won international recognition for that,’ says CEO Trond Søreide of AFF.

NHH and AFF participate jointly in the ranking with AFF’s Solstrand Programme, Solstrand Accelerate, AFF’s Teamwork & Leadership and NHH’s Corporate Finance Programme. In the category Teaching Methods and Materials, NHH and AFF climb as many as 12 places compared to 2017.  In Course Design, NHH/AFF are in 21st place in the world, up four places.

‘The programmes introduce new perspectives on organisation and leadership, but the most important thing we do is to make sure that these perspectives are relevant for the executives taking the programme. That is why our programme design and teaching methods are crucial to the participants in terms of creating added value and goal attainment,’ says Søreide.

Swiss school on top

IMD in Switzerland comes out on top in this year’s ranking. In the next places are University of Oxford: Saïd in the UK and Iese Business School in Spain.

Financial Times has also ranked in-house programmes. NHH and AFF come in 86th place in this category.