Financial Times ranks Sauder Executive Education among the best in the world



Executive Education at the Sauder School of Business ranks among the world’s best for open enrolment programs in the Financial Times Executive Education 2012 ranking, published in today’s edition of the leading business newspaper.

The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia is one of only five Canadian business schools included in the ranking, and the only school west of Ontario to rate among the world’s top providers of executive education. One of two new schools added to the annual ranking this year, Sauder debuted at 61, ahead of the National University of Singapore Business School, which entered at 64.

“We are extremely pleased to be recognized in this prestigious ranking in the first year of entering for consideration,” says Daniel Muzyka, Dean of the Sauder School of Business. “Inclusion in this ranking with other top international business schools allows us to build on the recognition of our world-class programs with business leaders at home, across the country and around the globe.”

For the ranking of open enrollment programs, the Financial Times assesses the quality of non-degree programmes offered to working managers from any company or organization.

In large part, the ranking is determined by feedback from program participants surveyed by the publication. Course participants completed a questionnaire rating their experience with Sauder across a range of performance indicators, from course preparation to the likelihood of repeat business. Together their answers accounted for 80 per cent of the school’s overall ranking.

Among the numerous categories on which Sauder was judged, the school ranked best in “Repeat Business & Growth,” coming in at 22 in the world. Combining the school’s growth in revenue and percentage of participants who return for further training, the success in this area is a key indicator of customer satisfaction with Sauder’s open enrollment courses.

“Our ranking is made even more significant by the fact that it is a direct reflection of the business value our clients have found in their experiences with us,” says Bruce Wiesner, Associate Dean of Executive Education. “It is a tremendous vote of confidence to know that the managers who take our programs feel they are getting significant returns on their investment which is critical in today’s business environment.”

To be considered for the ranking, business schools must meet a strict minimum standard, including international accreditation and revenues of at least $2 million in 2011.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading international business publications. It produces a series of rankings rating the quality of business education, including the Financial Times Global MBA ranking, in which the UBC MBA program ranked 82nd worldwide in 2012.