The Financial Times has rated EMBA-Global — the pioneering dual–MBA degree program between Columbia Business School and London Business School — No. 2 in the world in its eighth annual rankings of executive MBA programs. This is the first year that EMBA-Global, which celebrated its fifth anniversary in June, was eligible to participate in the FT rankings.
“We’re delighted that this ground-breaking program, which combines the expertise of two leading business schools in two of the world’s major business centers, has received such an honor in the first year it was eligible to be ranked,” said Associate Dean Ethan R. Hanabury. The FT surveys former students three years after graduation.
More than 300 graduates from 42 countries have participated in EMBA-Global, with about 44 percent of the students from outside the United States and United Kingdom. Classes alternate between London and New York to capitalize on the dual advantages of the world’s financial and business capitals. According to data collected for the 2006 survey, 35 percent of EMBA-Global graduates worked in three or more countries before starting the program. “The EMBA Global is designed for people who have and are looking to have transnational experience,” Caitlin Anstee, marketing manager at London Business School, told the FT.
The rankings include eight executive MBA programs offered by collaborating business schools. The FT rated EMBA-Global highest among the three new international programs in the top 10, followed by the Trium Global EMBA (jointly offered by HEC Paris, the London School of Economics and the Stern School of Business at New York University) and Washington University’s Shanghai-based version of its Olin School’s EMBA, at Nos. 4 and 8, respectively. The School’s New York–based EMBA program remains among the top four programs in the United States — a position it has held for the last three years.