21 April 2021 Share



The School of Management of Politecnico di Milano retains its top 10 position for the third year running

MIP Politecnico di Milano, the Graduate School of Business belonging to the School of Management at the Milan-based university, takes 6th place globally for online MBAs, and is the top-ranked business school, with its International Flex MBA, the School’s Master in Business Administration taught through distance learning. In Europe, MIP is up to 5th place.

MIP’s position has been recognised in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Online MBA Rankings 2021, the annual classification of distance learning courses consulted across the world.

MIP Politecnico di Milano remains the only Italian business school listed in the ranking. It was first included in 2018, at 20th place; the next year, it joined the top 10 and has never left. Additionally, the QS ranking for 2021 lists more business schools than ever before, 57 of them in total, meaning that MIP’s achievement this year is its best ever since it entered the ranking.

MIP’s International Flex MBA, taught in English, was launched in 2016, and is taught via an innovative platform developed in partnership with Microsoft. It is the English version of our Flex MBA, the first MBA in Italy to have embraced smart learning at its debut in 2014 when it was included in MIP’s programme portfolio. More than 550 students have studied for one or other of the two MBAs over the past eight years, and enrolments were up by 35% in 2020 alone.

In the words of Vittorio Chiesa and Federico Frattini, President and Dean of MIP Politecnico di Milano, respectively: “We are proud and honoured to be once again included at the top end of the prestigious QS Online MBA Ranking. This is a superb result and confirms the importance of investing in digital innovation. MIP Politecnico di Milano utilises the most advanced technologies in its online teaching platform developed by Microsoft. It offers the professionals, managers and entrepreneurs who take its courses both the flexibility they need to balance study and professional commitments and a varied selection of high-level courses that dovetail with a wide set of experiential learning opportunities. As part of our courses, we offer lectures given by our partner companies and bootcamps where participants can test out their newly learnt skills, underscoring the value of our MBAs”.

If we analyse the parameters used in the ranking, we can see where MIP Politecnico di Milano performed particularly well. In Class Experience (including percentage of physical meetups, regular synchronous classes, access to a learning app on a mobile and/or tablet, and 24/7 tech support), our International Flex MBA is rated third in the world. We are in fourth place for Faculty and Teaching and in sixth for Employability.

In the QS top 10, MIP is ahead of Indiana University (USA) and on the heels of Alliance Manchester Business School, separated by just one percentage point (0.10). IE Business School (Spain) is still in the lead for the fourth consecutive year, followed by Imperial College Business School (UK) and Warwick Business School (UK).

MIP’s International Flex MBA is inserted within an educational portfolio of excellence, joining about 40 Masters, including 7 MBAs and Executive MBAs, 200 open executive programmes and a series of training programmes customised for companies.

Click here for the QS Online MBA 2021 Ranking.


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