The Financial Times has updated its ranking of European business schools for 2015. The ranking lists business schools in Europe and the UK by the combined strengths of their various MBA and business master's programs.
For the second straight year, London Business School takes the top stop in the ranking. Its full-time MBA program is ranked at the top of the FT's 2015 Global MBA Ranking, while the joint Executive MBA program it runs with Columbia Business School is ranked number four in the publication's EMBA ranking.
Also for the second year in a row, HEC Paris is at position number two. Its full-time MBA program is ranked number six in the Global MBA Ranking; the Trium program, which the school runs with LSE and NYU - Stern, is ranked number two in the EMBA ranking.
Big gains by UK business schools
The largest gains this year were made by business schools in the UK. The University of Cambridge's Judge School of Business rose 15 spots to take position number 14. The University of Bradford's School of Management rose 16 spots to land at position number 42, while the University of Edinburgh Business School's also rose 16 spots to land at number 55.
Additionally, Nottingham University Business School makes its first appearance in the European Business School ranking since 2012. It's now ranked 76.
Other big movers included France's Toulouse Business School, which rose 14 positions to take spot 49; and Copenhagen Business School, which rose 11 positions to take spot number 34. Germany's Frankfurt School of Finance & Management debuted on the ranking this year at position number 60.
Only schools that are eligible to participate in the FT's four main program rankings—the Global MBA Ranking, the Executive MBA Ranking, the Master's in Management Ranking, and the Executive Education Ranking—can take part in the European Business School Ranking.
Here are the top 20 schools in this year's 2015 European Business School Ranking:
|Ranking||School||Country/Region||Change from 2014|
|5 (tie)||IE Business School||Spain||-2|
|5 (tie)||ESADE Business School||Spain||-1|
|8||IESE Business School||Spain||-1|
|9||IMD Business School||Switzerland||-|
|10||Oxford - Saïd||UK||-|
|12||Imperial College Business School||UK||+1|
|13||Rotterdam School of Management||Netherlands||-2|
|14||Cambridge - Judge||UK||+15|
|15||Vlerick Business School||Belgium||+1|
|16 (tie)||ESSEC Business School||France||-1|
|18||Mannheim Business School||Germany||-|
|19||Warwick Business School||UK||-|
|20||Grenoble Graduate School of Business||France||+6|
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