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University of St.Gallen holds onto fourth place in the Financial Times ranking

International business newspaper the Financial Times today published its 2019 European Business Schools Ranking in London. The University of St.Gallen (HSG) was able to maintain its gratifying position among the best business schools in Europe by maintaining its fourth-place ranking. What’s more, the HSG was the highest ranked public university, as well as the best rated university in Switzerland and the entire German-speaking region of Europe. The European Business Schools Ranking is published annually by the Financial Times and rates Europe’s top 95 business schools.

9 December 2019. The University of St.Gallen’s top placing in this important ranking for European business schools can be attributed to its wide range of programmes and their high level of quality. The European Business Schools Ranking consolidates four individual rankings published by the Financial Times over the course of a year, each of which is included in this ranking at a rate of 25 per cent. In the individual ranking for Master’s programmes in management, the HSG has held first place worldwide every year since 2011 with its "Master in Strategy and International Management". In recent years, the University of St.Gallen has continually improved in the individual rankings for the MBA and Executive MBA, as well as open and company-specific executive education programmes.

"Remarkable efforts day after day"

"The international competition among universities is intense and is becoming ever tougher", pointed out Prof Dr Thomas Bieger, President of the University of St.Gallen. The HSG was an important factor for the region of St.Gallen and eastern Switzerland, he continued, because it was the only Swiss business school to successfully maintain its claim amid this global competition. "So this result is all the more satisfying", Bieger added. "It emphasizes the truly remarkable efforts that those at our university put in day after day in their research, teaching and services to make the HSG is one of the best in the world." The result of all this, not least, he added, was that the University of St.Gallen as a public institution was able to offer the sort of top-level education for which many students abroad had to fork out sometimes horrendous fees at private universities.

"Continually updating executive education programmes"

Meanwhile, at the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law (ES-HSG) – which accounted for 75 percent of the European Business Schools Ranking with the MBA, Executive MBA and the open and company-specific executive education programmes – they were working intensively on innovations in teaching and didactics. "In the executive education market in particular, the international competition is extremely tough right now", explained Prof Winfried Ruigrok, PhD, Dean of the ES-HSG and HSG President's Board delegate for university development and executive education. "We have to continually update the content of our programmes and keep developing course formats so that we can maintain and further consolidate our strong position internationally too", noted Winfried Ruigrok. The University of St.Gallen generates more than one fifth of its annual budget through the executive education sector, which in turn creates numerous jobs in St.Gallen.

First place in the Financial Times’ European Business Schools Ranking 2019 went to HEC Paris, with the London Business School and Milan’s Luigi Bocconi business university following behind.

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