The Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) leads Russian business schools in the 2006 Financial Times ranking of Executive MBA programs

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The Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) leads Russian business schools in the 2006 Financial Times ranking of Executive MBA programs

Following on SSE's recent 8th place in the Financial Times ranking of European Masters in Management programs in September, the SSE Executive MBA programs showed strong improvement in the 2006 FT ranking scores for EMBA programs.

In the annual Executive MBA ranking published by the Financial Times today, the Stockholm School of Economics Executive MBA programs in Sweden and Russia leads Nordic business schools, with a final score of 38th globally, 24 places ahead of its closest Nordic competitor. No other Russian school is present in the rankings. 

SSE participated in the Executive MBA rankings for the sixth year since the rankings started in 2001. In this year's evaluation, compiled using data from two sets of surveys - one completed by program alumni and one completed by the school itself - SSE climbed from 71st to 38th place internationally, and from 25th to 13th place in Europe. 

Stockholm School of Economics Executive MBA alumni have higher salaries and are more international

— "SSE's nearly decade-long presence in Russia, combined with the School's international focus on academic quality in the Swedish and Russian EMBA programs, has provided a gratifying result, demonstrated by our 6th in the world placement for overseas attendants in this Executive MBA ranking" said Peter H?gglund, academic dean for the Executive MBA in Sweden and CEO for SSE's executive education arm, IFL at SSE. 

The data from the alumni survey in the Executive MBA rankings indicated that SSE Executive MBA participants average salary increase five years after beginning their EMBA degree was 74 percent, up from 47 percent in 2005. 

— " I'm pleased that the superb academic quality of the Executive MBA programs offered by SSE Russia has been recognized by the FT ranking, indeed the only program in Russia to be so honored. The fact that so much of the FT EMBA ranking is based on the comments of program alumni shows me that our high academic standards are appreciated by the program participants. This is a great day for all of us at SSE Russia!" said Anders Liljenberg, Dean SSE Russia.

The Stockholm School of Economics participates in several Financial Times rankings each year. It participates in the executive education ranking through its executive education arm, IFL at SSE. It also participates in the Masters in Management ranking and the European Business School ranking, in addition to the Executive MBA ranking. Thus far during 2006, IFL at SSE has moved up from 39th to 34th place internationally, and the Masters in Management program has risen from 15th to 8th place in the FT rankings.

About the Financial Times ranking

The Financial Times of London Financial Times carries out annual rankings of the world's leading business schools, universities, and other institutions that offer different types of business, management and leadership development programs 

These rankings are compiled using data from surveys and interviews with participants, alumni and the business schools. The focus of each ranking is customer satisfaction. Depending on the program being ranked, customer satisfaction is measured by criteria including career progress, work experience, aims achieved and international faculty. Other criteria include women faculty, women students, and doctoral and research rank. 

For additional information, please contact:

Anders Liljenberg, Dean SSE Russia
Tel: +46-(0)70-22 66 533 / +812 320 48 00, e-mail:


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

About the Executive MBA at Stockholm School of Economics

The Executive MBA program at SSE is for participants who have a university degree and at least five years of qualified work experience. The two-year part-time program leads to an Executive MBA degree from the Stockholm School of Economics. The Executive MBA program combines theory and practice in a manner that is designed to connect the educational experience to each participant's business environment and previous experience. The Executive MBA has been ranked since 2001 as the best program in the Nordic region in the annual Financial Times ranking. The Executive MBA at SSE is offered in both Swedish and English in Sweden; in Russia in Russian and in English; and also in cooperation with the Latvian state at SSE Riga, in English. 

The Russian-based programs, all aimed at executives with a general business career in mind, currently offer a fifteen-module curriculum in three different guises.


    • General Management
    • Strategic Marketing
    • Oil & Gas

Since 2004, the Stockholm School of Economics has also offered Sweden's only full time MBA program.

About SSE Russia

Stockholm School of Economics is present in Russia since 1997 and ever since offers a range of training programs aimed at the international market of higher education based in Russia. In addition to the above mentioned degree programs the school also offers corporate and open programs in a variety of fields. 

From its Swedish origins the vision of the school is to contribute to the development of sustainable business in Russia and beyond, something fulfilled by the creative mix between state-of-the-art research as carried out by its faculty, and close ties with the successful business community. 

May 18, 2006

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