IMD has ranked #1 in the world for Open programs for the 8th consecutive year in the 2019 Financial Times Executive Education Rankings.

For combined Open and Custom programs, IMD has ranked #2 in the world – marking 8 years in a row in the top 3 business schools in the world. IMD has now been ranked in the top 5 for more than 15 years in a row, underlining the enduring quality and impact of the school’s programs, and the global strength of the IMD brand.

#1 in Open Programs and in the Top 3 overall for Executive Education is a remarkable success that we can be proud of,” said Jean-François Manzoni, IMD President and Nestlé Chaired Professor. “We have shown a great deal of consistency in our pursuit of excellence. We recognize that we must continue to innovate to try to stay a step ahead and be true to our mission of developing leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society,” he told the Financial Times.

The FT ranking is based on feedback from corporate partners and executive program participants. In an ever more competitive world, IMD's continued presence at the top of this table is testimony to the school’s ongoing efforts to challenge what is and inspire what could be to develop leaders that transform organizations and society

IMD also continued to perform exceptionally in many specific areas of the Financial Times Executive Education Rankings, namely: quality of faculty and teaching, the high standard and diversity of participants, and the ways IMD empowers people and organizations to achieve their goals through our programs.

The Swiss school does well for the diversity of faculty,” highlights the Financial Times. “In one participant’s words: ‘The IMD high-performance leadership program addresses different aspects related to leadership than other traditional programs: aspects that connect to personal and psychological mindsets, and how to improve performance through behavioral change.’”

Elsewhere in the special issue, IMD colleagues Mohamad Razaghi, senior project lead at IMD, and Albrecht Enders, dean of programmes and innovation at IMD, discuss how IMD measures impact. “Capturing value is critical to winning clients,” said Mohamed Razaghi. “It is the holy grail of executive education.”

Participants in IMD custom programs with Neste, Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson, senior vice-president for human resources and safety, and Jeremy Baines, vice-president of sales for the Americas, told the FT how executive education with IMD helped company think more creatively and grow its profits.