These are the top 25 business schools in Europe
Which of these top business schools in Europe would you choose? Source: Sladjana Karvounis/Unsplash

As the famous business woman, Estee Lauder once claimed, “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.”

And that’s exactly what hundreds of thousands of aspiring business students aim to do to reach their career goals next year.

To help steer future business entrepreneurs and innovators towards a dynamic school that invests in their potential, Financial Times has released its annual ranking of the top 25 business schools in Europe.

Acting as the bridge between students and their success, business schools have the contacts and courses to trigger agile talent and to motivate today’s multi-generational workplace.

As data shows, business school graduates also have a strong hiring demand on their side.

According to the Corporate Recruiters Survey 2018 by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), American and European companies offer the top two highest median starting base for MBA graduates, at US$105,000 and US$65,000 respectively.

Therefore, studying business abroad in Europe is a strategic move for all.

Key findings of the FT ranking

Securing the prime place for another year is London Business School in the UK, situated in the heart of a thriving business capital, the school has paired its location with exceptional learning standards.

Dramatically dropping from third place to 20th place is IE Business School in Spain. Offering a technology-based learning ecosystem, the school still remains in the top 25, yet there is an obvious gap between their 2017 and 2018 rankings. Perhaps the other schools are boosting their technological techniques too?

Positioned at number 25 is Stockholm School of Economics, showing great improvement from last year. As a school that first opened its doors in 1909, it’s great to see that the school has remained relevant and influential in this day and age.

For a closer look at the results, here’s the full ranking of the FT best business schools in Europe:

Rank 2018 Rank 2017 School Name Country
1 1 London Business School UK
2 2 HEC Paris France
3 5 Insead France / Singapore / UAE
4 4 University of St Gallen Switzerland
5 7 Iese Business School Spain / US
6 6 Università Bocconi Italy
7 10 IMD Business School Switzerland
8 23 Essec Business School France
9 9 Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Netherlands
10 12 University of Oxford: Saïd UK
11 13 ESCP Europe FR / GB / DE / ES / IT / PL
12 15 Warwick Business School UK
13 11 University of Cambridge: Judge UK
14 14 Edhec Business School France
15 8 Esade Business School Spain
16 15 City University: Cass UK
17 30 Cranfield School of Management UK
18 15 Mannheim Business School Germany
19 20 Imperial College Business School UK
20 3 IE Business School Spain
21 22 EMLyon Business School France / Morocco / China
22 19 Vlerick Business School Belgium
23 24 University College Dublin: Smurfit Ireland
24 18 ESMT Berlin Germany
25 27 Stockholm School of Economics Sweden / Russia / Latvia

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