HEC Paris’ International Executive MBA (EMBA) programme has been ranked number one in the world for 2019 by the 'Financial Times' – up from the sixth spot it earned in 2018.
The announcement was made on Monday by the English-language international daily newspaper that has a special focus on business and economic news.
The latest ranking also places the Paris-based business school’s International EMBA programme ahead of its key European competitors, the London School of Business in the UK and INSEAD in France, both of which have their own renowned global EMBA programmes.
The ranking is especially significant for the HEC Paris campus in Doha, established in partnership with Qatar Foundation in 2010. Michael Lefante, HEC Paris in Qatar’s marketing director, says the ranking is recognition of HEC Paris in Qatar’s EMBA programmes, the talent of its students and “world-class faculty, innovative curriculum, and outstanding alumni community”.
“Last year, the FT rankings assessed the EMBA that was delivered only in Paris into consideration,” he said. “The International Executive MBA is composed of the English modular and Doha tracks. These tracks are fully taught in English by the same professors, and offer the possibility of complete mobility between tracks.
“This was an important distinction as it meant our International EMBA was seen as one programme, irrespective of where it was delivered. This means that the results of our Doha-based cohort contributed to the overall ranking that was released today.
“EMBA alumni have consistently achieved significant career and financial progression, with an average salary increase of 89% three years after graduation. The programme was also ranked number one on the Career Progress ranking. The latest announcement reflects positively on the achievements of not only the Class of 2016, but on the preceding and following cohorts as well."
The Doha campus offers International EMBA programmes in addition to Specialised Masters degrees and shorter Executive Education programmes – all of which mirror the courses offered on the main campus in Paris. To date, more than 600 students have graduated from HEC Paris in Qatar.
“The achievements of our Doha cohort are a direct result of an excellent partnership between Qatar Foundation and our main campus in Paris,” said Lefante. “From supporting our growth, helping us expand our academic programmes to encouraging us to develop locally-inspired business modules, Qatar Foundation has helped our campus in Qatar exceed its expectations.”
In 2010, HEC Paris was ranked as the top European business school by FT; and in 2019, the financial newspaper went on to rank its overall executive education programme number three in the world.
Lefante explained how multiple factors set the HEC Paris International EMBA programme apart from those offered by other renowned business schools.
“First, it offers mobility; students can opt to study modules in Paris, Doha or in Beijing,” he said. “This, in turn, provides them with a better understanding of market settings in some of the top business-driven cities in the world. Second, our programmes lay as much emphasis on soft-skills as much as they do on academics. And third, we invest a lot of time and resources on extra-curricular content."
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