by Julie Daum

Newswise — CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — 13 May 2014 — 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).

Open-Enrollment Programs

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.

Custom Programs

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 Darden School of BusinessThe University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the world’s leading business schools, offering MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. The unique Darden experience combines the case study method, top-ranked faculty whose research advances global managerial practice and business education, and a tight-knit learning environment to develop responsible and complete leaders who are ready to make an impact.

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