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French business schools dominate 2021 FT ranking

At a time of pressure in the wake of the pandemic, the 18th annual Financial Times ranking of European business schools highlights the 95 institutions that achieved a high performance even being forced to adapt to online and blended learning, face rising competition from alternative types of training and cope with the pressure to reduce fees.

The FT rating assesses the performance of business schools for MBAs, executive MBAs, and masters of management based on factors including salary outcomes, career progress as well as personalized and open non-degree executive education courses, using metrics that include participant satisfaction. Also, the ranking takes into account the quality of research and international and gender diversity of students, faculty and school governing bodies.

Four institutions in the Paris region – HEC Paris, Insead, Essec and ESCP – are in the top 10 of the annual assessment, including a total of 22 French schools in the whole list.

Two UK institutions are ranked in the top 10: London Business School, in second place overall, and Oxford: Saïd, in 10th position. Another three – Warwick, Cambridge: Judge and Imperial – are in the top 20.

Portugal once again has two business schools in the Financial Times’ top 30 in Europe. Nova SBE and Católica Lisbon got the best positions, while Porto Business School and ISCTE Business School also appeared among the 95 bests.

FT ranking also highlights the geographical distribution of leading business schools around Europe: of the 95 schools ranked, 22 are from France, 19 from the UK and 6 from Germany, the largest economy in Europe.

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Source: European Business School Rankings 2021 | FT