22 April 2020 Share


QS Online MBA Rankings 2020: MIP Politecnico di Milano 5th in the world for its “International Flex EMBA”

The School of Management of Politecnico di Milano improves on its 2019 results in the QS Quacquarelli Symonds classification for online MBA programmes.

MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business takes 5th place worldwide in the QS Online MBA Ranking 2020, a yearly classification of the best business schools for distance online programmes. MIP’s online MBA is the only Italian programme included in the rankings and is in 4th place in Europe. MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business takes a further step ahead, up from last year’s 7th place.

The International Flex MBA is the fully English version of our Flex MBA, which was the first smart learning MBA launched in Italy in 2014, and is now MIP’s flagship programme, with nearly 500 students taking the Italian and International versions as of today. In 2016, AMBA (the Association of MBAs) listed the Flex MBA among the most innovative MBAs in the world and, in 2017, it was the first such course in Italy to receive the EFMD – EOCCS certification for online programmes of excellence. According to the Financial Times’ Online MBA Ranking 2020, the International Flex MBA is also the only distance learning Italian programme to be included among the ten best in the world, in 9th place internationally and 4th for European schools.

The programme uses a digital teaching platform developed specifically in partnership with Microsoft.

In building its ranking of online MBA programmes taught in business schools, QS Quacquarelli Symonds assesses four key indicators:

  • Employability (30% of final score): which estimates how employable are the people taking the course.
  • Class Profile (30%): which looks at several parameters, including number of students on the course and their average professional experience.
  • Faculty and Teaching (35%): which looks at the quality of teaching and that of the teaching body.
  • Class Experience (5%): which looks at a series of indicators, such as the percentage of in-presence hours, whether students can use an app to support learning on a smartphone and/or tablet and the level of technical support.

Looking at the individual indicators above, the School of Management is in 3rd place for Faculty and Teaching and in 5th for Employability.

The QS rankings show IE Business School (Spain) in 1st place, followed by Imperial College Business School (UK), with Warwick Business School (UK) in 3rd place and AGSM @ UNSW Business School (Australia) in 4th.

Vittorio Chiesa and Federico Frattini, Chairman and Dean of MIP Politecnico di Milano, respectively: “ We are pleased that our position has improved again compared to 2019, and we will continue to invest in digital innovation and in the quality of teaching and learning. This will allow us to grow and develop further, in the full knowledge of the extraordinary importance held by online teaching at this moment and its role in the future”.


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