WBS London at The Shard

Rising: Warwick Business School has climbed 20 places in the Executive Education Open Programme ranking over the last three years

For the third year running Warwick Business School has continued its rise up the Financial Times Executive Education Open Programme rankings. 

WBS Executive Education has improved to be ranked 30th in the world based on direct feedback from participants, and rated school criteria across its suite of Open Programmes.  

This result was powered by the well-established Warwick Executive Diplomas, and the recently launched offer of Postgraduate Awards as stackable leadership pathways.  

In just three years WBS has risen 20 places in the ranking, with the School placed 21st in Europe and fifth in the UK.  

And the School plans to grow its short executive programme offer even further in the coming months, positioning WBS as a leading provider of executive development. 

Andy Lockett, Dean of WBS and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, said: “Our rise up this ranking reflects the increased investment we have placed in our Executive Education programmes. 

“This is a rapidly expanding area for the School and with WBS London at The Shard we have the perfect venue for executives and senior managers to travel to from all over the world to attend our courses and learn from our world leading academics. 

“With our courses containing the latest research and thinking, participants leave with the tools not only to change their organisations, but to change the world for the better, enabling them to become true Change Makers.” 

WBS Executive Education participants rank high for quality

After surveying thousands of executive education students from leading schools across the world, WBS achieved particularly high recognition for its programme participants, with the Financial Times ranking WBS 14th in the world for the ‘quality of participants’ and 17th globally for ‘international participants’. WBS was also rated 19th in the world for ‘course design’. 

In addition to open-enrolment courses, the School continues to design and deliver a number of significant programmes for clients through its custom partnerships, with the Financial Times ranking WBS 36th in the world for custom programmes.  

Over the last year, WBS has strengthened its long-term partnerships with valued partners, including Emirates Airline, University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire, and the UK Fire & Rescue Service, along with building a number of new global relationships with clients across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.  

Camilla Jonsson, Director of Executive Education, said: “The results from this ranking are hugely encouraging, especially the participant survey, which shows there is a great deal of satisfaction with those who have taken our courses. 

“We are in constant dialogue with our industry partners to design solutions that deliver impact on the highest priorities for organisations, by giving leaders and executives transformational experiences that drive high performance. 

“From innovation and digital transformation to behavioural science, leadership and strategy, our faculty and associates are leaders in their field, and bring new knowledge and research to the classroom constantly. 

“We know business leaders want to create a better world, a better society and a healthier organisation and we have the knowledge and experience to help them do that.” 

The full Financial Times Executive Education 2024 Open Programme ranking.