Open Programmes have risen to number two in the world, and maintained their position as first in the UK in the 2020 FT Executive Education Rankings.
Custom Programmes have risen to 23 (from 24) in the world. Overall, Oxford Saïd’s Executive Education is ranked at 8 in the world (up from 14 in 2019).
Andrew White, Associate Dean for Executive Education, said: 'We are proud to have earned this ranking through our attention to detail on every programme whether it be leadership on-campus or disruptive technology online. We scored particularly highly for the flexibility of programme design, quality of faculty and their methods and materials, and how well these strands were woven together to meet participants’ personal and professional expectations.'
The welcome news comes at a time of significant disruption for higher education globally due to the covid-19 pandemic.
A key change in recent months is that, while Oxford Saïd’s online executive education programmes previously appealed most as Open Programmes for individuals planning career changes or promotions, the business school is now being approached by corporates and governments for Custom Programmes with digital elements, and also by global networks who want to use and adapt our programmes to equip whole teams and workforces with new skills.
Caroline Williams, Director of Open Executive Education, said 'Executive Education will equip institutions with the critical thinking and behaviours needed to navigate the next 12 months and beyond, challenges will be addressed more thoughtfully and successfully through multi-partner initiatives.
'Oxford Saïd is creating co-branded online campuses with these organisational partners to help them respond to anticipated rapid economic shifts. One example is how the Commonwealth are working with us to provide fintech education to finance ministries across Commonwealth countries.
'At the same time, individual applications to our online executive education programmes, which we launched in 2017 and which have been specifically designed for online delivery, have continued to increase across the board, from our programmes on disruptive technology to those on leadership.'
Chantel Moore, Commercial and Operations Director for Custom Programmes, said 'Clients tell us they especially value how we partner with them to co-create bespoke programmes and that they appreciate our focus on impacting important, Board-level challenges'.