Financial Times 2021 ranking: French business schools still dominate their European counterparts

Again this year, French business schools are performing a really good performance, in the latest ranking of European business schools by the Financial Times, with 22 schools placed out of 95.

If HEC continues to monopolize first place and Insead maintains its third place, Essec loses two places and finds itself in eighth place. Edhec moved up four places to enter the Top 10. It was followed by ESCP, which lost six places to 14th.

Expected performance since the 18th edition of the rankings, published on December 5 by the British daily, is based on several Financial Times 2021 rankings, in which French schools already dominated.

2022 ranking of major business schools: HEC, Essec and ESCP still in the lead

However, this maintenance of French establishments is not a sign of immobility. We note thus two school trips of business : Essca (70th place in 2020) and Paris School of Business (88th in 2020), but also two admissions in 2021with Schema in 48th place and ICN BS in 80th place.

Also note that the majority of French schools show a decrease – important for some -, such as IMT-BS which rose from 73rd to 84th place, EM Strasbourg (from 81st to 92nd), Rennes School of Business (which fell from 68th to 88th) or IAE Aix Marseille (from 58th place to 79th).

Alone three companies registered an increase including Edhec, but also emlyon, who won a place and rose to 19th place. This is Audencia, which goes the most with 14 places gained, is in 31st place.

Financial Times ranking: French business schools consolidate their position in 2021

For the British newspaper, “French business schools have maintained their dominance over their counterparts in other countries” as they offer “the strongest range of trading training”.

More generally, the daily reminds that “this ranking comes at a time when business schools are under severe pressure in the wake of the pandemic (…). Schools have been forced to adapt to online and blended learning. They have had to face increasing competition from other forms of training as well as increased pressure to reduce tuition fees”.

“We have never been at such a strategic crossroads”, sums up Frank Bournoismanaging director of ESCP BS, to the Financial Times.

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The rating is a “rating of ratings” by the FT stems from the performance of European schools in the ranking of global institutions offering MBAs, Executive MBAs, Masters in Management as well as training for non-graduate managers, the daily reminds.

Most data is based on 2021 rankingsexcept for management training, which originates from 2020.

The assessment favors schools that perform well across education, but an adjustment is made so that schools can achieve results good overall results, although they do not offer the full range of training.

Among the data used are integrated “graduate results, including salary and career progression, as well as research quality and international diversity and gender of students, teachers and school management”.

Rank 2021 The schools name Location (main campus)
1 HEC Paris France
2 London Business School United Kingdom/UAE
3 Inside France/Singapore/United Arab Emirates
4 Iese School of Business Spain/USA
5 SDA Bocconi School of Management Italy
6 The University of St. The gall Swiss
7 ESMT Berlin Germany
8 Essec Business School France
9 University of Oxford: Said United Kingdom
10 IMD Business School Swiss
10 Edhec Business School France
12 IE Business School Spain
13 Esade Business School Spain
14 ESCP Business School France/UK/Germany/Spain/Italy/Poland
15 University of Cambridge: Judge United Kingdom
16 Imperial College Business School United Kingdom
17 Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Netherlands
18 Warwick Business School United Kingdom
19 EMLyon Business School France
20 WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management Germany
21 Mannheim Business School Germany
22 Stockholm Business School Swiss
23 City, University of London: Bayes (formerly Cass) United Kingdom/UAE
24 Frankfurt School of Finance and Management Germany
25 Eada Business School Barcelona Spain
26 Copenhagen Business School Denmark
27 Nova School of Business and Economics Portugal
28 University College Dublin: Smurfit Ireland
29 Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics Portugal
30 Tias Business School, Tilburg University Netherlands
31 Audencia Business School France
32 Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Business School Ireland
33 Alliance Manchester Business School United Kingdom
34 Cranfield School of Management United Kingdom
34 Henley Business School United Kingdom
36 Grenoble School of Management France
37 Politecnico di Milano School of Management Italy
38 Aalto University Finland
39 Vlerick Trade School Belgium
40 Kedge Business School France
41 WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) Austria
41 Nyenrode Business School Netherlands
43 Lancaster University Management School United Kingdom
44 Neoma Business School France
45 Durham University Business School United Kingdom
46 Antwerp Management School Belgium
46 Hult EF Corporate Education United Kingdom
48 Schema Trade School France
49 Moscow School of Management Skolkovo Russia
50 Business School BI Norway
51 HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne Swiss
52 University of Edinburgh Business School United Kingdom
53 University of Strathclyde Business School United Kingdom
54 Kozminsky University Poland
55 NHH Norwegian School of Business Norway
55 Prague University of Economics and Business The Czech Republic
57 St Petersburg University, Graduate School of Management Russia
58 TBS Education France
58 IBS-Moscow Ranepa Russia
60 HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management Germany
61 Koc University Graduate School of Business Turkey
62 IÉSEG School of Management France
63 Maastricht University School of Business and Economics Netherlands
64 Excelia Business School France
65 Birmingham Business School United Kingdom
66 Porto Business School, University of Porto Portugal
67 Sabanci Business School Turkey
68 Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow United Kingdom
69 University of Zurich Swiss
70 Management school Germany
70 Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management Netherlands
72 University of Exeter Business School United Kingdom
73 University of Liverpool Management School United Kingdom
73 Carlos III University of Madrid Spain
75 MBS (Montpellier Business School) France
75 Hanken School of Economics Finland
77 business College Portugal
78 Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management Belgium
79 IAE Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management France
80 ICN Business School France
81 University of Bath School of Management United Kingdom
82 Business school in Burgundy France
83 ZHAW School of Management and Law Swiss
84 Institute Mines-Telecom Business School France
84 University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business Slovenia
86 Louvain School of Management, UCLouvain Belgium
86 EM Normandie Business School France
88 Rennes School of Business France
89 Lund University School of Economics and Management (Lusem) Swiss
90 Louis University Italy
91 University of Amsterdam — Faculty of Economics and Business Netherlands
92 EM Strasbourg Business School France
93 University of Antwerp Faculty of Business and Economics Belgium
94 Corvinus University in Budapest Hungary
95 Jonkoping International Business School Swiss

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