Financial Times Ranks Darden Executive Education No. 3 in the World and No. 1 for Faculty and Teaching Methods

By Julie Daum

Financial Times (FT) released its 2014 ranking of Executive Education programs yesterday.

FT named the University of Virginia Darden School of Business‘ open-enrollment programs No. 3 in the world. Darden custom programs ranks No. 32, and Darden Executive Education ranks No. 11 overall (up from No. 15 last year).


Darden rose in open-enrollment to No. 3 — a position it shares with HEC Paris — up from No. 14 in 2013. Open program participants rated Darden in the top three in seven of the 10 selected categories:

  • No. 1 — Faculty
  • No. 1 — Teaching methods and materials
  • No. 2 — Aims achieved
  • No. 2 — Course design
  • No. 2 — Food and accommodations
  • No. 2 — Facilities
  • No. 3 — Preparation

Financial Times bases its ranking of the top 70 program providers on participants’ satisfaction, the diversity of participants and faculty, and the schools’ international exposure. Switzerland’s IMD holds the number one position in the open-enrollment ranking, followed by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


At the top of FT’s “Top 80 Custom Program Providers” ranking are Duke Corporate Education (No. 1), HEC Paris (No. 2) and IESE Business School (No. 3).
FT ranked Darden’s custom programs No. 32, down from 24 in 2013. Among U.S. schools, Darden ranks No. 15 in custom.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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