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The Financial Times (FT) published its rankings of the top 30 international executive education providers on May 17, and the Sloan School of Management is ranked number nine worldwide, just ahead of Stanford and Duke Universities.
INSEAD of Paris was rated number one worldwide. Sloan placed number five among US schools, with Columbia Business School at number one domestically.
The FT executive education rank-ings included nondegree management programs lasting a few days to several months. This was FT's first ranking of executive education, based on a questionnaire, from the schools and another from a telephone survey of customers.
Sloan teaching and faculty received very high marks, ranked number one overall in teaching quality and use of faculty, number four in new skills taught, number six in fulfilling customers' objectives and number five in programs with other schools.
"We are pleased that this leading international publication has ranked us among the top 10 schools in the world and number five among US schools. We are particularly pleased that our teaching and faculty got very high marks," said Sloan Dean Richard Schmalensee.
FT cites a growth in executive education as the demand for customized executive programs has increased. Executive education has changed at Sloan as well. In addition to the yearlong Sloan Fellows Program, begun in 1931, a dynamic set of short intense programs called Special Executive Programs are available to meet the needs of today's executives.
A version of this article appeared in the June 2, 1999 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 43, Number 32).