The Financial Times publishes an annual ranking of executive education programs....

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The Financial Times publishes an annual ranking of executive education programs conducted by leading business schools, universities and other organizations offering management and leadership development programs to top business executives around the world.

Swedish leadership education ranked highly by Financial Times

In 2007, the executive education arm of the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) was ranked among the 20 best in the world and fifth best in Europe for customized executive education programs for companies and organizations by the Financial Times of London.

       — Successful and focused companies as clients, professional and experienced purchasers and program directors, tightly knit relationships and an increasing understanding of the challenges and dilemmas faced by each client is the recipe for success in customized executive education programs, according to the Financial Times' annual evaluation of executive education providers. For the first time, a Swedish education company has placed in the top five executive education providers in Europe, demonstrating that a strong focus on leadership fundamentals combined with the strong and innovative business climate in Sweden and the Baltic region.

       — "That a market actor with a home base in Sweden has been evaluated as one of the best in the world for custom programs, in the very competitive global executive education business, is a huge compliment to SSE's clients, purchasers and faculty," said Peter H?gglund, CEO of IFL at SSE. "Our chief focus is to seek to advance Swedish business through increase and dissemination of knowledge about leadership and management. This customer-based evaluation is significant to us for just those reasons."

In the ranking of qualified post-degree management and leadership development programs (executive education) published May 14 in the Financial Times, SSE finished at 17th place, a position it shares with Insead in France and University of Pennsylvania: Wharton in the USA. SSE was ranked above both London Business School and Stanford University Graduate School of Business for custom programs. SSE's cooperative partner Duke Corporate Education was ranked first for the third year in a row.

The Stockholm School of Economics in Stockholm, Sweden has participated in the Financial Times rankings through its executive education arm (IFL at SSE and SSE Russia) for eight years in a row. 

        — "Once again we are able to see how Stockholm School of Economics excels when compared to other world-renowned institutions of higher business education. This is yet another proof of how our unique Sweden-based model of customer orientation and state-of-the art teaching meets the sophisticated demand of today's business, not least in Russia", says Anders Liljenberg, Dean of SSE Russia. "I believe this unique competence of ours is of special importance to our Russian corporate customers and the highly challenging market context of theirs". 

The Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) has participated in the annual Financial Times ranking of executive education providers since 2000. SSE also participates in the annual Financial Times rankings of Executive MBA programs , Masters in Management programs and European Business Schools. 

For additional information, please contact:

Peter B. Hagglund, PhD, CEO IFL at SSE in Stockholm
Tel: +46-(0)70-860 28 88 /+46-(0)8-586 175 01, e-mail:

Anders Liljenberg, Dean, Stockholm School of Economics Russia 
Tel: +46-(0)70-226 65 33 /+7-812-320 48 00, e-mail:

Anne von Bergen, Senior Advisor, Ranking, Stockholm School of Economics
Tel: +46-(0)70-230 16 10 e-mail:

December 4, 2006

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