Executive Education Top Five Again


The Financial Times announced today that the Darden School of Business’ Executive Education programs rank among the top in the world. For the sixth year in a row, FT ranked Darden’s faculty #1, as the best in the business.

In the Open Enrollment category of the publication’s annual global rankings of executive education programs, Darden is ranked second in the world. In the past six years, Darden’s Open Enrollment programs have consistently been ranked in the top five globally.

In the Open Enrollment categorical rankings, Darden finished in the top three in a number of areas, including:

  • #1        Faculty
  • #1        Course Design
  • #1        New Skills & Learning
  • #2        Teaching Materials
  • #2        Preparation
  • #2        Aims Achieved
  • #2        Facilities
  • #3        Food & Accommodation

In the Custom Program category, Darden is ranked 35th in the world, an improvement of 15 places from its 2008 ranking.

Open Enrollment programs consist of business and leadership courses open to executives from all organizations. Custom programs are those programs designed to serve the education needs of a specific organization.

“The success reflects the team’s efforts from start to finish,” said David Newkirk, CEO of Darden Executive Education. “From the time an individual inquires about executive education at Darden, to his or her on-grounds experience, to the faculty, staff, and administration, the team here delivers excellence with the highest level of impact and service.”

The faculty members who teach in Darden’s Executive Education program are the same professors who teach in the School’s highly-ranked MBA program.

“They deliver superior learning experiences,” said Darden’s Dean Bob Bruner. “They are ranked as the world’s best in executive education and in the MBA world. Our professors are truly extraordinary.”

The Financial Times executive education rankings are based on surveys of participants in executive education programs taught at business schools around the world.

To view the rankings tables click on the following links:

Open Enrollment Table

Custom Program Table

Executive Education Special Report 2009

Business Education homepage

Founded in 1955, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business improves society by developing principled leaders in the world of practical affairs.

For more information, contact: communication@darden.virginia.edu.

top of page