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Thunderbird executive education programs rank among top 10 worldwide

May 9, 2011

The school’s Open Enrollment programs tie with Harvard at No. 2

In rankings released today by the Financial Times, Thunderbird School of Global Management is listed among the world’s Top 10 providers of executive education. The publication places Thunderbird No. 9 in the overall executive education ranking, No. 2 for Open Enrollment Programs (tied with Harvard Business School) and No. 21 for Custom Programs.

The school’s Open Enrollment programs were further recognized as No. 1 for “international location,” “preparation,” “course design” and “teaching materials”- the only school in the survey with four No.1 rankings by category.  Custom Programs were also noted as No. 1 for “international clients.” All of these top rankings represent many of the key differentiators between Thunderbird’s programs and those of its competitors.

“For 65 years Thunderbird has offered a unique and powerful educational experience that teaches individuals and businesses how to manage in diverse social, economic and political environments, said John Berndt, Senior VP, Thunderbird Corporate Learning. “We believe that global leadership expertise is best developed in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative, multicultural, practice-oriented learning environment. There has been no time in history when these skills have been more in demand and relevant to success in business where all companies-- whether local, national or multinational — operate in a global marketplace.”

Top clients of Thunderbird executive education programs include American Express, Xenel, Novartis, SK Group, Exxon Mobil Corporation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Thunderbird’s Open Enrollment programs are short, non-degree, certificate-based programs for executives and business professionals seeking the specific and targeted skills they need to compete in today’s global marketplace. These courses are offered on campus and online.

Thunderbird’s custom executive education programs offer businesses throughout the world a wide array of customized degree and non-degree programs that are specifically designed for companies based on their unique objectives and challenges.

The Financial Time’s Top 10 providers of Executive Education 2011
1.) HEC Paris
2.) Harvard Business School
3.) Iese Business School
4.) IMD
5.) Fundacao Dom Cabral
6.) Center for Creative Leadership
7) Esade Business School
8.) Essec Business School
9.) Thunderbird School of Global Management
10.) Insead

See the full business school rankings from the Financial Times

Thunderbird also holds a No. 1 ranking for international business for the traditional MBA by the Financial Times and U.S. News & World Report.