Published on 14 May 2015

In a ranking traditionally dominated by the big US schools, Henley Business School has been recognised with a significant improvement in its position, stepping up nine places worldwide to number 36 and remaining strongly placed in the top 10 best schools in Europe.

Henley scores impressively well in the following criteria used by the Economist to compare schools:

Top 5 worldwide position for student quality – as measured in part by the work and management experience students bring to their cohort and is a fundamental ingredient in the syndicated learning method pioneered by Henley: the quality of learning at Henley is enhanced through a diverse group of students sharing their considerable and varied experiences and cultural differences.

Number 12 in the world for strength of network – Henley’s alumni network now numbers in excess of 60,000 in 150 countries and has been developed over its 70 year history. It is a truly unique resource drawn upon by students and graduates to connect with new opportunities for academic and career development throughout their lives.

Salary increase is a key factor used when judging the return on an MBA’s investment, so now positioned at number 17 in the world for percentage increase in salary on graduation, is really good news for Henley graduates.

The quality of programme content is placed in the world’s top 20 and reflects the improvements in innovation and enterprise that continue being made to the Henley MBA portfolio.

Professor John Board, Dean, Henley Business School comments:

“This ranking reflects our position as one of the very best business schools in Europe and worldwide. In particular, the career progress our graduates achieve is evidence of the calibre of our students, alumni and faculty.

This year we celebrate our 70th anniversary and I am proud that the values and characteristics that were established in 1945, including personal development, ethical leadership and an international perspective, remain as relevant and powerful today as they have always been.”

Below we have taken extracts from the full Economist ranking and provided additional analysis to highlight the areas where Henley Business School performs particularly well.

Specific criteria positions      
Personal development and educational experience overall 36 7 2
Quality of students overall 23 3 2
Student work experience 4 2 1
Student managerial work experience 5 1 1
Rating of culture and classmates 23 4 2
Student diversity overall 25 7 4
Gender balance 7 1 1
Ratio of full-time faculty to EMBA students 22 11 5
Student rating of teaching quality 43 7 2
Programme quality 34 7 2
Student rating of programme content 19 6 3
Student rating of the relevance of the programme 24 5 2
Student rating of the ability to keep in contact with students/faculty when off campus 41 7 2
Career development overall 30 9 5
Rating of the extent to which the programme has helped alumni fulfil pre-EMBA goals 36 6 2
Salary overall 27 12 7
Percentage increase on pre-EMBA salary on graduation 17 10 6
Percentage increase on pre-EMBA salary after one year 22 9 6
Percentage increase on pre-EMBA salary after two years 22 10 5
Networking 12 3 1
Number of overseas MBA alumni branches 12 4 2
Student rating of the helpfulness of EMBA alumni 24 5 2

For more information visit the Economist’s Executive MBA Ranking page.