IE - Maria de MolinaIE Business School is No. 1 in Europe and No. 5 in the world in Executive MBA programs according to the 2008 Financial Times Ranking. The ranking considers IEâ??s Executive MBA as one of the best in the world based on criteria that include graduatesâ?? subsequent professional development, fulfilment of participantsâ?? expectations and the international experience offered by the program. The result further consolidates IEâ??s position as a leading international business school for senior management training programs.

In this yearâ??s edition, authors of the FT ranking based their evaluations on 16 indicators of quality in Executive MBA programs at 96 business schools worldwide, including degree of satisfaction of the student body, career progression and increase in salary, diversity of program faculty, the programâ??s international projection, the degree to which the program came up to participantsâ?? expectations, and the schoolâ??s level of research.

Gonzalo Garland, General Director of External Relations at IE Business School commented that â??this is the third consecutive year that our Executive MBA has been ranked 5th in the world, which serves to motivate us to enhance the quality of the programs still further and to keep innovating and building on our internationalisation strategy.â?

The IE Business School Executive MBA offers a range of delivery formats designed to meet the demands of different executive profiles. These include weekly or bi-weekly classes, 100% onsite programmes or a blended format, with Spanish and English versions. The International Executive MBA, for example combines online modules with onsite periods in Madrid and Shanghai, and is taught 100% in English. Participants are from 32 countries, all senior managers with a markedly international profile.

IEâ??s position in this Financial Times ranking is the latest in a series of excellent results obtained by the school in international rankings in 2008. Earlier in the year Financial Times placed the School 3rd in Europe and 8th in the world in MBA programmes, The Economist ranked it 5th in Europe and 10th worldwide, and América Economía positioned the School 4th in the world.