FT’ collected rank for 2020 is published

Picture of the exterior of NHH.
FT-ranking: - We are still one of Europe’s best business schools, and we view the poor results this year as a pandemic effect, says Rector Øystein Thøgersen. Photo: Odd Mehus
NHH By Ingrid Aarseth Johannessen

17 December 2020 10:18

FT’ collected rank for 2020 is published

NHH finishes at 62nd place in the FT collective rank of European business schools. It is a considerable descent from last year. The reason is that NHH was not ranked in one of the underlying partial ranks previously this autumn.

FT announced the collective rank of Europe 90 best business schools on Monday December 7th . The collective rank is a sum of five partial rankings through the year. NHH normally participates in four of the part rankings, but could only participate in tree this year. The effect is a considerable descent from last year’s 39th place to this year’s 62nd.

See the whole rank

Ambition to climb

- We are still one of Europe’s best business schools, and we view the poor result this year as a one-time pandemic effect. The reason why we were exempt from the master-ranking previously this autumn, was that too few of our alumns responded to the Financial Times survey. When we know that the survey was sent out during the initial period of pandemic and the closing down of the country, this might not be very surprising, says Rector Øystein Thøgersen.

We will nevertheless take measures to prevent this from happening again. The Master og Science degree is our flagship, and we have been ranked as best in Norway in this category ever year we have participated.

Financial Times’ collective rank places weight on the candidates salaries and career developments, but also on the international orientation and diversity of the education. These are the weights om the five partial categories:

  • Global MBA (25%) – NHH does not participate
  • Masters in Management (25%) – NHH was exempt in 2020
  • Executive MBA (25%)
  • Executive Education Open Programmes (12,5%)
  • Executive Education Custom Programmes (12,5%)

CEMS-schools stand out

Just as last year it is the French HEC Paris who is ranked as number one in Europe, followed by London Business School and Insead. 17 of the business schools in the ranking is CEMS-schools, including HEC Paris, Università Bocconi in Italy and University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

CEMS has an international masterprogramme, CEMS MIM, which is offered by several leading business schools. NHH is the only Norwegian member of this network.