Thunderbird Executive Education Programs Rank Among Top 10 Worldwide

May 13, 2013
Ranked No. 3 in the World for Open Enrollment Programs

The Financial Times has once again ranked Thunderbird School of Global Management as one of the world’s top 10 providers of executive education. The publication ranks Thunderbird No. 9 overall for executive education, No. 3 for Open Enrollment Programs and No. 19 for Custom Programs.

The school’s Open Enrollment programs were further recognized as No. 1 for “international location,” No. 3 for “repeat business and growth,” No. 4 for “course design” and No. 5 for “faculty diversity” and “preparation.” All of these top rankings represent many of the key differentiators between Thunderbird’s programs and those of its competitors.

“These rankings are important because they are based on our clients’ direct feedback to the Financial Times,” said Dennis Baltzley, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Executive Education at Thunderbird. “We are taking time today to say ‘thank you’ to our clients for their business and for being part of the Thunderbird family. It is also notable to see the global mix of schools this year with Thunderbird being one of only seven North American business schools in the top 20 overall Executive Education rankings.”

Baltzley also notes that Thunderbird is positioned No. 1 among all U.S.-based schools for Open Enrollment.

Thunderbird’s Executive Education programs are delivered throughout the world to companies seeking global solutions. Baltzley said some examples include helping clients understand how to lead and negotiate among global complexity and ambiguity, helping them navigate the opportunities and/or pitfalls of emerging markets, or assessing and growing their global mindsets to be more effective leaders.

Thunderbird’s Open Enrollment executive education 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 in Glendale and abroad, as well as 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.

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Virginia Mungovan
Public Relations Specialist
Thunderbird School of Global Management

About Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird is the world’s No. 1-ranked school of international business with nearly 70 years of experience in developing leaders with the global mindset, business skills and social responsibility necessary to create real, sustainable value for their organizations, communities and the world. Dedicated to preparing students to be global leaders and committed global citizens, Thunderbird was the first graduate business school to adopt a Professional Oath of Honor. Thunderbird’s global network of alumni numbers 40,000 graduates in 147 nations worldwide. The school is sought out by graduate students, working professionals and companies seeking to gain the skills necessary for success in today’s global economy. For more information visit,