October 29, 2008

Press Release


The Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) Executive MBA retains its leadership position in the Nordic and Baltic regions and climbed up to 14th place in Europe in the 2008 Financial Times ranking of the world’s best Executive MBA programs.

The SSE Executive MBA program has been ranked by the Financial Times as 1st in the Nordic and Baltic regions and 14th in Europe in the Financial Times ranking of the 95 top Executive MBA programs published on Monday 27 October. The alumni group surveyed included 149 alumni in six countries, proof of how attractive SSE Executive MBA alumni are on the international market, even as the number of business schools, participated in the ranking has increased considerably.

SSE’s climb in the FT Executive MBA rankings is particularly noteworthy because of the timing – the School is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary. “The SSE Executive MBA is an important part of the School’s present and will be an even more important part of its future,” says Lars Bergman, President of SSE.

The Stockholm Schools of Economics in Russia, a daughter company of SSE (Sweden) has a strong focus on Executive Education. The Executive MBA programs offered in SSE Russia combine SSE’s focus on intellectual rigor with serious business training in a format that permits business executives to continue their studies while working. The range of programs also includes “Executive MBA Oil&Gas. Industrial sector”, delivered in Russian. Participants of Executive MBA Oil&Gas. Industrial sector have the advantage of being taught by leading international faculty, using simultaneous translation, with an Executive MBA diploma from SSE. The Executive MBA at SSE Russia is an attractive option for top managers from the industrial sector who may not be comfortable with a learning experience that is exclusively in English, and were therefore not able to access international business schools. Boasting a combined enrollment of about 120 participants per year, the Executive MBA programs have become a powerhouse in Russia during the 11 years it has been offered.

“Higher business education has never been more important than in today’s volatile market situation. Specialized business knowledge is guaranteed to pay dividends in this challenging economic environment. The investment in an MBA education, for companies and individuals, has never been more timely in light of the relatively low opportunity costs currently required," says Dr. Anders Liljenberg, Dean of SSE Russia. “MBA enrollment traditionally peaks in times of economic downturn,” continued Dr. Liljenberg, “ as high-powered professionals see these economic valleys as the perfect time to develop their management skills by mastering corporate strategy and organizational behavior, to name just two key concepts.”

Since 2001, the year the Financial Times began its Executive MBA ranking, the SSE Executive MBA has been the first in the Nordic and Baltic leagues, while in the European Business Schools rankings, the School retains the following ranking positions:

    • Executive MBA                                          – SSE ranked 14
    • Masters in Management                              – SSE ranked 12 
    • Executive Education Custom Programs      – SSE ranked 5


The Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings may be found at:

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Anders Liljenberg, Dean of the Stockholm School of Economics, Russia

Tel: +46-(0)70-22 66 533 / +7 812 320 48 00, e-mail: Anders.Liljenberg@hhs.se 

 Anna Izmailova, Market Communications Manager, Stockholm School of Economics, Russia

Tel.: +7 812 320 48 01, e-mail: Anna.Izmailova@sseru.org  

About the Financial Times ranking  

The Financial Times conducts annual rankings of the world’s leading business schools, universities and other institutions that offer different forms of business education, executive training and functional training.

 These schools and programs are evaluated using a number of criteria, including comprehensive surveys of program alumni as well as quantitative information provided by the business schools themselves. The rankings contain information on such topics as career progress and salary percentage increase, as well as teaching methodology, faculty qualifications and international exposure. 

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