Highest FT ranking of all time for NHH and AFF

Camilla Helleraker, Head of Programmatic, Yield & AdOps at Aller Media AS.
NHH and AFF are ranked 33rd in the latest Financial Times ranking. ‘This result does not surprise me,’ says Camilla Helleraker, Head of Programmatic, Yield & AdOps at Aller Media AS.
By Sigrid Folkestad

4 June 2019 14:49

Highest FT ranking of all time for NHH and AFF

NHH and AFF provide world-class executive and management development programmes having come 33rd in the latest Financial Times ranking. Rector Øystein Thøgersen believes this puts NHH in a strong position internationally.

Executive and management development programmes at NHH/AFF have earned their best result yet this year, in the increasingly fierce competition with the world’s best business schools. NHH has climbed from 41st to 33rd position this year.

Ranked 16th in Europe

This means NHH's programmes are ranked 16th in Europe, which is also its best ever result. FT ranks a total of 80 business schools.

‘The fact that NHH and AFF are ranked 33rd among elite institutions across the world is fantastic. Together with Stockholm School of Economics, we are the Nordic institution making the strongest mark,’ says NHH Rector Øystein Thøgersen.

BI Norwegian Business School came in 75th. Copenhagen Business School was ranked 69th in Executive Education – Open, which was published this week.

 Programme for newly recruited managers/leaders

‘This result does not surprise me,’ says Camilla Helleraker, Head of Programmatic, Yield & AdOps at Aller Media AS.

As a new manager in the Aller group in 2017, Helleraker started the Solstrand programme Accelerate, a programme for managers at the start of their careers.

‘I feel that I have a broader platform after completing the programme, a more solid basis – both personally and as a manager,’ says Helleraker.

The Solstrand Programme Accelerate is one of the programmes included in the latest FT ranking of management development and executive programmes. The others are Corporate Finance, the Solstrand programme, and AFF Samspill & Ledelse.

Climbs eight places

The Financial Times ranking is based on an international survey among participants who have recently completed an executive or management development programme. The participants rate everything from programme design and content, lecturers, perceived outcome and how relevant the programme is.

‘Extensive international cooperation and continuous renewal of the programmes ensure top relevance,’ says Thøgersen, and adds:

‘It's nice to see that the institutions we cooperate closely with, also performed well in the ranking, among others, HEC Paris, which like NHH is a CEMS school, Antai Shanghai and Bocconi in Milan,’ says Thøgersen.

The Swiss IMD Business School was again ranked first, followed by Stanford and the University of Chicago: Booth School of Business. In the Nordic countries the ranking is as follows:

  • Stockholm School of Economics, 18th
  • NHH/AFF: 33rd (up from 41st last year)
  • Aalto University in Finland: 56th
  • Copenhagen Business School: 69th
  • BI Norwegian Business School: 75th

‘This is a great accomplishment’

‘NHH and AFF show improvements in all the most important factors,’ says Trond Søreide, CEO of AFF.

‘It’s particularly important to us that the result of the FT ranking shows our relevance and that the programmes provide the participants with the desired outcomes,’ he says.

‘We have been among the world's top fifty business schools for many years. Being ranked 33rd is a great accomplishment. Our participants rank the quality of content highly, and not least, they report great benefit from the programmes. They find that this has provided them with skills and tools that are directly transferable and useful in their work,’ says the CEO of AFF.

Agrees with the description

Camilla Helleraker agrees with the description.

‘I think that the better you know yourself, the greater the likelihood of succeeding as a manager. I became more aware of the different strings to my bow, and that made me more versatile,’ says Helleraker.

‘You have ‘worked your way up from a media salesperson in the media industry’, as Kampanje wrote when you started in Aller in 2017. Looking back, did you always want to become a manager?’

‘Yes, I have always wanted to have a management role. I would also say that my view of management has changed in the sense that the responsibility it entails and the manner in which you can exercise leadership, has become more varied.’