University of Tennessee

Financial Times ranks UT’s Haslam College of Business Executive Education Fifth in U.S.

May 24, 2016

The Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is among the top five public universities offering custom executive education in the United States, according to the latest rankings from the Financial Times.

The college’s executive education programs were ranked No. 13 overall nationally and 45th worldwide. The rankings highlight Haslam’s commitment to custom solutions for the global business community. In 2015, the college delivered 62 custom courses, 10 of which took place outside the U.S.

“Notably, we also ranked eighth internationally for our follow up with customers and 22nd for our facilities,” said Bruce Behn, associate dean for graduate and executive education at Haslam. “Our commitment to helping the global business community meet its needs through tailored solutions that bring considerable ROI is a point of pride for us.”

Haslam’s custom executive education programs combine faculty knowledge with the real-life challenges and needs that businesses, including healthcare and military/government organizations, are facing today. Behn says the college is able to work with clients to build the talent of their employees in specific areas such as operations excellence, supply chain and leadership so their organizations are better equipped to succeed.

Steve Mangum, dean of Haslam and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, emphasized that positive input from corporate clients played a significant role in the achievement of these rankings. Such companies receive added value through the college’s efforts to meet their needs with custom offerings.

“This particular ranking demonstrates that the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business is highly regarded by its non-degree executive education clientele,” Mangum said. “When coupled with feedback and rankings of our degree program offerings and our scholarly research, the overall mosaic is that of a strong business school that isn’t resting on its laurels, but continuously seeking to improve.”

The Financial Times’ survey combines data reported by business schools with ratings from companies that commissioned executive courses. Factors including value, faculty quality, international engagement and diversity are taken into account. View the complete Financial Times custom executive education rankings.

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