SIM-HSG #1 for seventh consecutive year Annual global university ranking by the Financial Times recognises innovation and quality. 11 September 2017. In the 2017 yearly worldwide ranking of Master in Management programmes by the Financial Times, the University of St.Gallen’s (HSG) Masters in Strategy and International Management (SIM) programme was again selected as the best overall programme globally. This is the seventh consecutive year that the SIM programme has received this distinct honour. "An increasingly diverse and interdependent business environment calls for a new approach to management education. SIM provides opportunities for engaged individuals to climb a steep learning curve. We challenge our students to solve problems using their creativity and analytical sharpness and attract those who display a high level of integrity," said Prof. Dr. Omid Aschari, the managing director of the SIM programme. "SIM is eager to rally around collaborators with a global mind-set and to prepare them to not only tackle business successfully but to face humanity’s challenges as part of their mission." The global Masters of Management Ranking by the Financial Times surveyed 95 higher education establishments offering Masters in Management programmes. Sitting atop of the ranking for seven consecutive years sets a new unprecedented record. With its innovative approach in building leadership capacity and attracting a student body that is committed to implementing bold visions, the SIM programme in St.Gallen has become a global powerhouse in top-notch management education. The FT Rankings analyse various criteria that include aims achieved, international course experience and mobility, diversity, value for money and success in job placement. "In a global environment where we are faced with challenges that reach beyond the boardroom, our focus is to develop competencies that prepare our students with not only business knowledge but also an insight into sustainable, entrepreneurial and societal issues, stated HSG Rector Prof. Dr. Thomas Bieger. Our SIM programme is but one example of how we actively seek out answers to these global challenges." The SIM programme strives to offer students an international and interdisciplinary approach to management which balances the academic rigour of a Masters of Arts programme with the practical, interactive, and personalized approach found in world-leading MBA programmes.