UBC Sauder Executive Education earns Top 50 Financial Times world ranking

Posted 2019-06-03

The school’s open enrolment and custom programs were both recognized among top 25 in North America.

For the eighth consecutive year, the UBC Sauder School of Business Executive Education Open Enrolment program has been ranked among the world’s best professional development programs for managers and senior leaders, placing 16th in North America in the Financial Times annual rankings. The 2019 placement represented a two-spot rise in the North American rankings over 2018, and a seven-spot rise globally.

In just its second year in consideration, the school’s custom program – which involves tailor-made courses for corporate customers – was ranked 21st in North America jumping up three spots from 2018.

Ranked Top 50 worldwide for open programs
Ranked 16 in North America for open programs
Ranked 21 in North America for custom programs

“We’re thrilled to see such positive momentum with regards to our professional development programs,” says Bruce Wiesner, associate dean of UBC Sauder Executive Education. “Given that the Financial Times Executive Education survey is largely informed by qualitative client and customer feedback, it’s clear our approach is resonating with senior business leaders. At present, the professional development industry is going through unprecedented disruption, and being ranked 27th globally for repeat business makes us extremely proud of the faith our clients continue to show in our offerings.”

The 2019 Financial Times Executive Education Rankings identify the top 80 customized and open-enrolment programs worldwide. The rankings are based primarily on measures of participants’ and clients’ satisfaction, as well as the schools’ growth in revenue, international reach and faculty diversity.

In the open enrolment category, the Financial Times highlighted the diversity of UBC Sauder Executive Education’s faculty, ranking it as 20th in the world. The “Faculty Diversity” ranking recognizes the gender diversity of UBC Sauder’s faculty instructors, as well as the impressive make-up of faculty who are from Canada and many other countries around the world. This diversity offers program participants instruction with a truly global perspective.

“Fostering a sense of global responsibility is a key value at UBC Sauder. Thanks to the depth of knowledge and experience of our faculty, we can equip lifelong learners with the vision and skills they need to meet the challenges of today, and to reimagine the future with more innovative and courageous solutions,” says Robert Helsley, dean of the UBC Sauder School of Business.

UBC Sauder Executive Education offers a comprehensive range of open enrolment programs, from shorter courses for the broader business community to immersive weeklong in-residence programs for senior leaders, with training designed to have an immediate, positive impact on performance and minimize time away from the office.

UBC Sauder Executive Education has increased its impact with the addition of innovative new programs to its roster in the past two years, and now delivers over 160 programs to more than 2,500 executives every year.