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2022 ranking of the best business schools in Europe

Every year, the Financial Times releases its ranking of the best business schools in Europe and the 2022 edition is no exception! This year again, France shines with the quality of the teaching of the business schools which are positioned in this list.

Unsurprisingly, France demonstrates the quality of its training through the 2022 ranking of the best business schools in Europe by the FT (Financial Times). The most spectacular thing is not so much their rank this year, but the excellent progress that some have shown for several years. Indeed, unlike previous editions, France positions four schools in the top 10!

Other establishments have made strong progress in recent years, such as Excelia (+15 places in 2 years) or Audencia (+9 places in 2 years). It is important to note that this ranking sees the return of SKEMA and ICN, which were not present last year, but are still marked by the absence of ESSCA and Paris-Dauphine University.

The methodology of the 2022 ranking of the best business schools in Europe

The 2022 ranking of the best business schools in Europe according to the FT is actually made up of the results of other rankings carried out by the British media. It’s sort of a summary of the Financial Times rankings. Indeed, it compiles the data of five rankings: that of the best PGE in the world (25%), that of the best EMBA (25%), that of the best MBA (25%) and the two prize lists concerning Executive Education: Open programs (12.5%) and Custom programs (12.5%). Thus, the establishments absent from the ranking of the best PGEs in the world could not find their place in the 2022 list of the best business schools in Europe.

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Ranking of FT business schools: The European business schools with the best EMBAs in 2022

As indicated, the FT’s 2022 ranking of the best business schools in Europe brings together the scores obtained by business schools in several rankings published by the British media. Thus, it highlights the institutions that offer the best Executive MBAs in 2022.

In this category, the French business schools also shine since HEC Paris ranks first, closely followed by ESCP Business School (4e) and INSEAD (10e). American and Chinese establishments monopolize the top 10 of this list, a top 10 in which there are relatively few English or German business schools.

Ranking of FT business schools: The European business schools with the best PGEs in 2022

The best Masters in Management or Global Grandes Ecoles Programs are mainly European. This year, the top 3 looks almost like previous editions. The University of Saint-Gall is followed by HEC Paris and Smurfit. Indeed, ESSEC lost its third place and tumbled out of the top 5, to 6th place. That said, within the ranking of the best Masters in Management FT, French business schools stand out from their global counterparts with programs whose excellence is recognized in France, but also abroad.

Ranking of FT business schools: The European business schools with the best MBAs in 2022

The MBA is one of the flagship courses of the Grandes Ecoles of business in France, Europe and around the world. Often offered at very high prices, they prove to be quite profitable for graduates who often earn six-figure salaries.

Here again, in the ranking of the best MBAs 2022, French schools stand out among the establishments that offer the most excellent MBAs. INSEAD and HEC Paris respectively occupy first and fourth place in this list. The Parisian business school has indeed given up its third place to the Iese Business School. EDHEC steals 20th place from emlyon business school, which is 26th. ESSEC, she grabbed a rank and is positioned in 23rd place.

The ranking of the best business schools in France in 2022

This year, we can observe 22 French establishments in the FT’s ranking of the best business schools in Europe. The year 2022 is marked by the good progress of many schools which find themselves in the top 10 which contains 40% of French business schools. EDHEC is also making a comeback in this prestigious top, going from 14e at the 10e square ! Unfortunately, for its part, ESCP fell and left the top 10. It is now in 14th place.

The biggest increases are from Audencia (+14 places over one year) and EDHEC (+4 places). On the other hand, some establishments are experiencing dizzying falls, such as the IAE of Aix (-21 places) or Rennes SB (-20 places).

French rank Rank 2022 Rank 2021 Rank 2020 business school Progress 2020-2022
1 1 1 1 HEC Paris 0
2 3 3 5 INSEAD 2
3 8 6 7 ESSEC Business School -1
4 10 14 15 EDHEC Business School 5
5 14 8 14 ESCP 0
6 19 20 20 emlyon Business School 1
7 31 45 40 audencia 9
8 36 28 25 Grenoble School of Management -11
9 40 34 31 KEDGE Business School -9
10 44 39 50 Neoma Business School 6
11 48 X X SKEMA Business School X
12 58 58 57 TBS (Toulouse Business School) -1
13 62 55 64 IESEG School of Management 2
14 64 63 79 Excelia Business School 15
15 75 72 69 MBS (Montpellier Business School) -6
16 79 58 64 IAE Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management -15
17 80 X X ICN Business School X
18 82 80 81 BSB -1
19 84 73 75 Institut Mines-Telecom Business School -9
20 86 83 81 EM Normandie Business School -5
21 88 68 56 Rennes School of Business -32
22 92 81 85 EM Strasbourg -7

The top 3 best business schools in Europe in 2022 according to the FT

After being 5e in 2020 and having returned to 3rd place in 2021, INSEAD retains its bronze medal in 2022. The business school, which mainly specializes in Executive Education training, stands out for its excellent position in the ranking of the best full-time MBAs , but also a strong internationalization of teachers, 91% of whom are foreigners.

London Business School still holds 2nd place in the 2022 ranking of the best business schools according to the FT. This silver medal goes to the English business school in particular for its excellent ranking in the rankings of the best Masters in Management and the best MBAs in 2022.

Finally, the crown goes to HEC Paris, recognized internationally for the excellence of its EMBA program, but also its PGE. The school has excellent scores in all the different Financial Times rankings.

The full FT 2022 ranking of the best business schools in Europe

Rank 2022 Rank 2021 Rank 2020 business school
1 1 1 HEC Paris
2 2 2 London Business School
3 3 5 INSEAD
4 4 6 Iese Business School
5 5 3 SDA Bocconi/Università Bocconi
6 7 4 University of St Gallen
7 9 9 ESMT Berlin
8 6 7 ESSEC Business School
9 10 10 University of Oxford: Said
10 10 11 IMD Business School
10 14 15 EDHEC Business School
12 12 8 IE Business School
13 12 13 Esade Business School
14 8 14 ESCP Business School
15 17 16 University of Cambridge: Judge
16 18 18 Imperial College Business School
17 15 12 Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
18 15 17 Warwick Business School
19 20 20 emlyon Business School
20 19 23 WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
21 21 24 Mannheim Business School
22 21 26 Stockholm School of Economics
23 25 19 City, University of London, The Business School (formerly Cass)
24 26 32 Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
25 29 28 Eada Business School Barcelona
26 30 27 Copenhagen Business School
27 26 30 Nova School of Business and Economics
28 23 21 University College Dublin: Smurfit
29 31 32 Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics
30 32 38 Tias Business School, Tilburg University
31 45 40 Audencia Business School
32 56 60 Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Business School
33 36 35 Alliance Manchester Business School
34 32 44 Cranfield School of Management
34 38 29 Henley Business School
36 28 25 Grenoble School of Management
37 41 45 Politecnico di Milano School of Management
38 37 34 Aalto University
39 24 22 Vlerick Business School
40 34 31 Kedge Business School
41 34 41 WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
41 41 36 Nyenrode Business University
43 54 42 Lancaster University Management School
44 39 50 Neoma Business School
45 48 43 Durham University Business School
46 41 46 Antwerp Management School
46 44 53 Hult Ashridge Executive Education
48 X X Skema Business School
49 X X Moscow School of Management Skolkovo
50 49 36 BI Norwegian Business School
51 40 47 HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne
52 51 51 University of Edinburgh Business School
53 51 51 University of Strathclyde Business School
54 45 48 Kozminsky University
55 50 55 Prague University of Economics and Business
55 62 39 NHH Norwegian School of Economics
57 51 59 St Petersburg University, Graduate School of Management
58 58 IBS-Moscow Ranepa
58 58 57 TBS (Toulouse Business School)
60 45 57 HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
61 58 78 Koc University Graduate School of Business
62 55 64 IESEG School of Management
63 63 61 Maastricht University School of Business and Economics
64 63 79 Excelia Business School
65 88 92 Birmingham Business School
66 79 67 Porto Business School, University of Porto
67 63 69 Sabanci Business School
68 85 University of Glasgow: Adam Smith
69 69 81 University of Zürich
70 63 69 Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management
70 X X TUM School of Management
72 X X University of Exeter Business School
73 67 University Carlos III of Madrid
73 X X University of Liverpool Management School
75 72 69 MBS (Montpellier Business School)
75 75 79 Hanken School of Economics
77 X X Business School
78 70 61 Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management
79 58 64 IAE Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management
80 X X ICN Business School
81 57 54 University of Bath School of Management
82 80 81 Burgundy School of Business
83 73 ZHAW School of Management and Law
84 73 75 Institut Mines-Télécom Business School
84 82 89 University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business
86 83 81 EM Normandie Business School
86 83 81 Leuven School of Management
88 68 56 Rennes School of Business
89 75 Lund University School of Economics and Management (Lusem)
90 85 92 Luiss University
91 X X University of Amsterdam — Faculty of Economics and Business
92 81 85 EM Strasbourg Business School
93 X X University of Antwerp Faculty of Business and Economics
94 X X Corvinus University of Budapest
95 X X Jonkoping International Business School

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