2010 Financial Times Executive Education ranking

ESMT in Top 15 in Europe and only German business school listed

(PresseBox) (Berlin, ) ESMT European School of Management and Technology has been ranked 13th in Europe and 27th in the world in this year's Financial Times Executive Education rankings only eight years after its founding. As the highest new entrant and the youngest business school in the Top 30, ESMT is the only school from Germany to make the list.

In the ranking for open enrollment programs, ESMT placed 21st in the world. The school saw further success as its customized executive education programs climbed 10 places from last year to 34th globally.

Professor Lars-Hendrik Röller, President of ESMT, commented, "This is an important milestone for ESMT. As a newcomer from Germany, we are providing excellence in executive education and have established our open and customized programs as amongst the best in business schools worldwide."

"This success is based upon ESMT's unswerving focus on the needs of the customer," said Associate Dean of Executive Education Olaf Plötner. "We will keep the customer in the center of our attention in the future."

The Financial Times annual business school rankings are based on surveys conducted among the schools' clients and participants. Sixteen criteria are applied, including preparation, course design, teaching materials, teaching faculty, and followup. The full results showed:

- ESMT ranked 27th overall of Top 50 business schools globally for executive education and 13th in Europe

- Open programs ranked 21st overall and Top 10 in Europe

- Customized programs ranked 34th worldwide and 13th in Europe

- ESMT was the only Germanbased institution ranked

- The school's strengths were shown to lie in its international clients, repeat business, faculty diversity, participant followup and facilities.

ESMT was founded by 25 leading German companies to meet the need for an international business school in the country. Dr. Daniel Dirks, Head of Group Human Resources for Allianz SE, one of the founding organizations, says, "ESMT's ranking as the only German business school confirms that the school is on track and is consistently providing excellent executive education that is relevant for today's international companies."

Link to Financial Times rankings: http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/rankings

ESMT European School of Management and Technology

ESMT European School of Management and Technology was founded in October 2002 by 25 leading global companies and institutions. The international business school offers Fulltime MBA and Executive MBA programs, as well as executive education in the form of open enrollment and customized programs. The School also features inhouse researchoriented consulting services in the areas of competition and regulation. ESMT is a private university based in Berlin, Germany, with an additional location in Schloss Gracht near Cologne. www.esmt.org

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