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Here’s How Spanish Business Schools Dominate European B-School Ranking 2014

In the age of global economic uncertainty, three Spanish business schools ranked among the top 10 in the latest Financial Times rankings of European business schools.

Madrid´s IE Business School ranked third in the 2014 list of 80 European Business schools, closely followed by Barcelona’s ESADE Business School in fourth place.

HEC Paris and IE Business School had tied for the top position last year.

IESE Business School clinched seventh spot on the list, which was topped by the London Business School (LBS), followed by HEC Paris. Graduates from IE Business School’s MBA program can expect to earn $146,933 a year after graduation, FT said.

Graduates of IESE Business School are earning $143,168, while ESADE’s MBA graduate can expect to earn $120,718.

At IE Business school, 56 percent of faculty members are international, compared to 35 percent at Esade Business School and 58 percent at Iese Business School.

Now in its 11th year, FT European Business Schools ranking, assesses the combined performance of leading european business schools over 4 rankings: executive MBA, full-time MBA, masters in management, and non-degree executive education programmes.

Despite falling from the No. 1 ranking, the school’s dean, Martin Boehm, said We are very proud to be among the top three business schools in Europe.

“This result clearly reflects our excellent performance across the entire portfolio of programs at IE Business School” he said.


1. IE Business school
Rank 2014: 3 | Rank 2013: 1 | Rank 2012: 1
MBA Salary: $146,933 | Executive MBA Salary: $198,402 | Masters in Management: $74,263
Faculty: Female Faculty 35%, International Faculty 56%, and Faculty with doctorate 97%

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2. Esade Business School
Rank 2014: 4 | Rank 2013: 3 | Rank 2012: 5
MBA Salary: $120,718 | Executive MBA Salary: $217,870 | Masters in Management: $65,647
Faculty: Female Faculty 31%, International Faculty 35%, and Faculty with doctorate 92%


3. Iese Business School
Rank 2014: 7 | Rank 2013: 6 | Rank 2012: 6
MBA Salary: $143,168 | Executive MBA Salary: $218,434
Faculty: Female Faculty 18%, International Faculty 58%, and Faculty with doctorate 100%

ESCP Europe has risen one spot to land at position number twelve, while Eada Business School Barcelona lost one position to land at spot number twenty four.  The UK, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain all had schools listed.

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