NSB Analysis – Financial Times European Business Schools 2015

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NSB analyses the FT’s annual end-of-year ranking

December is upon us and as 2015 draws to a close, those best-of, end-of-year lists begin to rear their heads, ranking everything and anything from the best song, best movie, best mobile phone, best memes, best Gifs and even best YouTube moment…

Likewise, the higher education sector has its own end-of-year ranking that business schools across the land look forward to (or not!), like a nervous child waiting up past her bedtime for Father Christmas to arrive – the Financial Times’ European Business School ranking. Made by compiling the results of the FT’s other rankings released throughout the year – namely the MBA, executive MBA (EMBA), masters in management (MiM) and executive education – the European Business School ranking this year lists a total of 85 European business schools. In order to be eligible for a full score, schools must take part in all four rankings, a feat which only 9 schools achieved.

Top 10 steady

London Business School remains in the top spot followed by HEC Paris which also retains its second place. The rest of the top ten remains largely unchanged with the same leading schools either moving up or down a place or two, such as Insead which moves up from third in 2014. St Gallen of Switzerland moves up two places to fourth and the two Spanish schools IE and Esade come in at joint fifth. Bocconi, Iese, IMD, Oxford Saïd and ESCP Europe complete the top ten.

In terms of nationalities, there are three French schools, three Spanish schools, two British, two Swiss and one Italian school in the top ten (eleven counting the two joint fifth places). The nation with the most schools in the overall ranking is France with 22 schools, followed closely by the UK with 19.

There are six new entrants in the 2015 ranking: EM Normandie, ESC Clermont, Burgundy School of Business and Nottingham University Business School which all enter among the bottom ten, with Essca School of Management in at 73rd. It is the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management though that comes in highest at joint 60th, bringing the total number of German schools featured in the ranking to seven.

Winners & losers

Following on from its dramatic fall in last September’s Master in Management ranking, EMLyon consequently drops from 14th to 29th, while on the contrary and in a numerological coincidence, Cambridge Judge rises from 29th to 14th. Also on the way up is Toulouse Business School, which moves 14 places from 63rd to 49th and Copenhagen Business School, which climbs nine places to 34th.

Diversity & salary

The FT places a lot of emphasis on graduate salary as well as the diversity of the school’s alumni and faculty. Insead’s EMBA graduates are the best paid with an annual salary of $212,019, which represents an increase of 56% on their pre-EMBA wage. The highest salary increase though goes to the MBA graduates of Iese Business School in Spain who saw a 121% increase.

In terms of diversity, France’s Télécom Business School has the most gender-balanced faculty, with exactly 50% women, while Leipzig Graduate School of Management of Germany is the least balanced, with only 10%.  IMD of Switzerland comes out top for international faculty (93%) while Warsaw School of Economics employs only 1% non-Polish professors, followed closely by Politecnico di Milano School of Management (3% non-Italian).


FT European Business Schools 2015 Ranking (FT website)

Download the ranking (pdf)



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