NHH advances to record-high position on Financial Times ranking
The Financial Times has ranked the world's 100 best EMBA programmes. NHH's executive master-level specialisations climb a remarkable 12 places, thereby achieving their best-ever result.
Three of NHH's specialisations are included in this year's Financial Times’ ranking of Executive MBA programmes: the MBA in Strategic Management, the MBA in Financial Management and Leadership and the MBA in Seafood Management.
The three specialisations leap up the Financial Times’ annual ranking of the world’s best part-time master’s degree programmes. NHH is ranked number 86 this year (up from number 98 last year).
‘This is a very positive development, and we are obviously consolidating our position internationally with this ranking, competing with the most prestigious master's degree programmes in the world. At the national level, our MBA specialisations are at the top of the list, just as our flagship, NHH's full-time master's degree programme,’ says NHH Rector Øystein Thøgersen.
Ambitious learning objectives
‘There are several reasons for the solid progress,’ explains Thøgersen.
‘The record-high position this year is primarily a result of NHH Executive offering relevant specialisations of a high standard.’ In this year's FT ranking, the candidates report that their studies at NHH have been very rewarding. ‘This is not only about academic development, but about gaining new career opportunities, which has a positive effect on the ranking,’ says the rector, adding:
‘We receive applications for NHH’s MBA specialisations from good candidates, many of them in management positions. They are aware that the programmes can be taxing academically, but that they will receive research-based teaching and follow-up. Our job is to provide them with academic progress and facilitate lifelong learning.’
New students are admitted to the specialisations every year, except MBA in Seafood Management which has admission every second year. This has some influence on the ranking, but 2019 has nonetheless been a record-breaking year for NHH, regardless of the student admission.
Studying for an MBA to acquire more knowledge
Charlotte Berg-Svendsen at Pre Diagnostics is one of the students taking an executive MBA at NHH. Her motivation for taking the MBA was exclusively academic:
‘I’ve held many strategic international leadership positions and the way I’ve acquired expertise is through "learning by doing" or "on the job training". I’ve accepted all the challenges I’ve been dealt and grown from them, but over the years, I’ve felt that I lacked a wider frame of reference,’ says Berg-Svendsen, who is taking an MBA in Strategic Management.
The French elite university HEC Paris, one of NHH’s CEMS partners, leads the FT’s ranking.