exedu-ieIE Business School holds the no. 10 position worldwide in executive education programs in the 2009 Financial Times ranking.  The FT report, which analyzes the quality of executive education programs around the world, ranked IE no. 4 in open programs.

These results further consolidate IE Business School as an international reference in the field of executive education programs, given that the School has risen several positions since last year’s ranking. In customized programs IE has climbed 13 places to become no. 28 in the world. In the open programs category, the School has risen to the no. 4 position worldwide. The joint result of these rises is that IE is now no. 10 worldwide, up from no. 16 in the 2008 ranking.

Open programs at IE Business School include the Advanced Management Program (AMP), the Senior Management Program (SMP) and the Global Senior Management Program (GSMP), run jointly in Madrid and London with University of Chicago Booth School of Business. The FT Executive Education ranking uses different parameters to analyze the quality of executive education programs. Criteria include the degree of satisfaction of participants with regard to the preparation and design of the courses, the quality of faculty, student profiles, development of management skills, and fulfilment of expectations. The authors of the ranking contrasted the opinion of participants and client firms for both open and customized programs.

The conclusions of the FT ranking follow on the success achieved by IE in international rankings over the last year. The Economist placed the School’s MBA program fifth in Europe and tenth worldwide, leading Latin American journal América Economía ranked IE fourth worldwide in MBA programs, and BusinessWeek placed IE first in Europe and fifteenth worldwide.