IFL at SSE ranked as best in Nordic Region in Financial Times executive education ranking

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IFL at SSE ranked as best in Nordic Region in Financial Times executive education ranking

In the annual ranking of best management and leadership development executive programs, the Financial Times confirmed IFL at SSE’s standing as the best executive education provider in the Nordic region. In addition, IFL at SSE’s custom programs ranking result advanced the company 9 places, to 11th best in Europe.

Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) participated for the seventh year in the Financial Times ranking of executive education providers through IFL at SSE. In 2006, IFL at SSE was the only Nordic executive education provider to be ranked in the combined open and custom program rankings.

IFL at SSE leadership education judged among best in Europe
Each year, the Financial Times ranks the world’s leading business schools, universities and other qualified executive education programs offering different forms of comprehensive management and leadership development programs. In this year’s ranking, IFL at SSE was ranked as best in the Nordic region, 15th in Europe and 34th internationally. 

In this year’s ranking, IFL at SSE made strong advances, particularly in the area of custom or tailor-made development programs. Custom programs are leadership and development educational programs created for an individual company, consortium, or organization and tailored to match the precise needs of the client. 

From 2005 to 2006, IFL at SSE rose from 20th to 11th position in this prestigious category. This was the greatest improvement of all European schools ranked, and as such mentioned in the Financial Times article summarizing the overall ranking results: ”…the 2006 prize for most improved European school goes to Stockholm School of Economic. After a lengthy merger with IFL, a Swedish executive education provider, the new entity is making up lost ground…”

“Last year’s successful merger between SSE Executive Education and IFL has had an immediate impact. The new company’s first FT ranking result has made it obvious that the merger has produced important synergies and the critical mass necessary to compete successfully with the top international executive education providers. We are on the right track, and we continue to sharpen our offering”, said Hans Tson Soderstrom, chairman of the board of IFL at SSE.

Stockholm School of Economics participates annually in the Financial Times rankings of executive education providers, executive MBA programs, and Masters in Management.

About the Financial Times executive education rankings

The Financial Times annually ranks the world’s leading business schools and other qualified providers of executive education. These annual evaluations are compiled from a number of criteria as well as comprehensive interviews and surveys with clients and program participants, which make up 80% of the overall rankings scores. Such important measurements as faculty quality, course design and teaching materials are evaluated as well as international clients, participants, and partner schools.

The ranking is presented in the format of three different rankings lists. One focuses on open enrollment programs, one on custom programs, and one on the combined ranking scores for both open and custom programs.

For further information, please contact:

Hans Tson Soderstrom, adjunct professor, board chairman, IFL at SSE
Tel: +46(0)70-813 28 20 /+46(0)8-586 175 45, e-mail: hans.tson.soderstrom@ifl.se

Anne von Bergen, senior advisor, project leader for rankings, SSE
Tel: +46(0)70-230 16 10 e-mail: anne.von.bergen@hhs.se

Peter Rover, marketing and communications director, IFL at SSE
Tel: +46(0)70-249 42 24 / +46(0)8-586 175 33, e-mail: peter.rover@ifl.se

About IFL at Stockholm School of Economics

IFL at SSE is the result of the 2005 merger between the former Stockholm School of Economics Executive Education and IFL, the Swedish Institute of Management. Both of the organizations specialized in executive education and had their roots in the Stockholm School of Economics. The merger created a stronger actor on the Nordic market, prepared to compete in the increasingly internationalized market for executive education programs and services. 

IFL at the Stockholm School of Economics' vision is to strengthen companies, organizations and individuals through development programs and efforts of the highest possible international quality.

May 5, 2006

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