Financial Times Ranks Darden Executive Education No. 4 in the World, No. 1 for Faculty and Course Design

23 May 2016

By Dave Hendrick

Darden Executive Education’s open-enrollment program rose to No. 4 in the world in the Financial Times 2016 Executive Education rankings.

The ranking represents a significant jump from the prior year’s position, when Darden Executive Education’s open-enrollment program ranked No. 11. Delivered by the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation and taught by the Darden School of Business’ highly acclaimed faculty, Darden Executive Education’s open-enrollment program also took the No. 1 spot in six key categories:

  • No. 1 — Faculty (for the third year in a row)
  • No. 1 — Facilities (for the second year in a row)
  • No. 1 — Teaching methods and materials
  • No. 1 — Course design
  • No. 1 — Preparation
  • No. 1 — Food and accommodation

Darden Executive Education is also ranked No. 4 for Aims achieved.

In total, Darden Executive Education improved or maintained its No. 1 position in all open-enrollment categories measured by program participant ratings. The FT ranking is based on both participant ratings and data provided by schools.

“These ratings indicate participants’ high satisfaction with our open programs and are additional proof points that Darden delivers the world’s best education experience,” said Darden Dean Scott Beardsley. “Executive Education will continue to play a critical role in Darden’s mission to develop global and responsible leaders who step forward to improve the world.”

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. 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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Darden School of Business
University of Virginia