Financial Times: Polimi Graduate School of Management continues to climb the rankings of best business schools in europe

Politecnico di Milano’s Business School is second in Europe among the schools belonging to “technical” universities, says the Financial Times in its European Business School Ranking 2022.


Milan, 5 December 2022 – POLIMI Graduate School of Management further improves its position among the foremost business schools in Europe again this year. According to the Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking 2022, published today, Politecnico di Milano’s Business School has confirmed its second place in Europe among the best business schools belonging to a technical university (Politecnico di Milano) behind only Imperial College Business School (UK). The excellent quality of the programmes offered at POLIMI Graduate School of Management is additionally reflected in its progress within the general ranking, where the Milan-based business school is now 31st out of the 95 classified, climbing 6 places from last year. In five years (from 2017), the School has gained 11 places, recording its best result since 2010, the year it entered the rankings, when 75 business schools were included in the classification.

“We are delighted about this new recognition included in such eminent league tables as those published every year by the Financial Times. This endorsement came at the end of 2022, a year full of changes for our School, including a new name and brand, and the inauguration of our new Navigli Campus in the heart of Milan”, said Vittorio Chiesa and Federico Frattini, President and Dean of POLIMI Graduate School of Management, respectively. “To cap this, our Master in Business Administration (MBA) – which was completely overhauled last year – and our Executive Education programmes have also improved their standings in the FT Rankings. Our success in Executive Education is the incentive to continue working closely at the side of companies, to respond to their needs in education and training with first-class programmes that are in line with the skills that today’s and tomorrow’s leaders must have in this period of transition and transformation.

A closer look at the rankings shows the position of individual programmes offered at the School. Our MBA (Master in Business Administration) is in 25th place, up by 9 places on 2021, and EMBA (Executive Master in Business Administration) reconfirms its 54th place. Taking the individual criteria that affect the School’s general position in the rankings, a point worth mentioning is the improvement in Salary Increase, which is the amount paid to managers three years after they complete their course and how this compares to their earnings beforehand. On average, the salary of POLIMI Graduate School of Management alumni rises by 59% post Executive MBA and by 94% post MBA.

Executive Education has also improved its position against last year.

In the Financial Times Ranking Top 10, limited to the business schools in the POLIMI GSoM “model”, in other words, those that are part of a technical university, Politecnico di Milano’s School of Business is placed ahead of Aalto University (Finland), TUM School of Management (Germany) and Institut Mines – Telecom Business School (France).

POLIMI Graduate School of Management has an educational portfolio of excellence, with about 40 Masters, including 7 MBAs and Executive MBAs, more than 200 open executive programmes and a series of training programmes customised for companies. Every year, the School works with 100+ companies, preparing 180+ customised educational programmes and delivering 4,000+ hours of teaching for 30,000+ company employees.


2022 Financial Times Rankings – Masters in Management

The Master of Science in Management Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano has climbed to 77th place in the 2022 Financial Times Rankings of Masters in Management, an improvement of 8 places compared to 2021.


The Master of Science in Management Engineering, delivered by the School of Industrial and Information Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, has obtained a prestigious accolade from the Financial Times, confirming its presence in the “Masters in Management 2022” Rankings where it has improved by 8 places compared to 2021 and climbs to 77th place, despite the fact that the rankings saw the inclusion of 13 new schools that did not take part last year.

On a European level, the programme falls within the top 15 of those delivered by technical universities.
The criteria that have enabled this progress include Salary increase, Career progress – which considers the change in level of seniority and the size of the organisation in which the alumni worked – and International course experience – which considers the participation of students on exchanges and internships abroad.

This result comes a year after a change to the structure of the Master of Science, which today entails an introductory year and a second year split into fourteen different specialisms, called “Majors”. This comprehensive teaching offering aims to provide students of the Master of Science with the skills and tools necessary to play a leading role in handling the country’s economic, industrial and social challenges.

The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme, which is delivered in English, currently has more than 2,000 students, 23% of which are international, while each year sees approximately 900 new arrivals.  The employment rate within a year of graduation is 94% (source: Politecnico di Milano Career Service 2021 employment survey), a testament to the esteem in which companies hold a professional figure with a range of sought-after skills.


Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2021

The Politecnico di Milano School of Management ranks once again among the top 5 Technical Schools in Europe for the Master of Science in Management Engineering.


The School of Management has once again been rewarded by the Financial Times by confirming its presence in the Masters in Management 2021 Ranking, in which the Master of Science in Management Engineering has moved up by 4 places compared to 2020, despite the entry of 10 new schools that had not participated last year.

This advancement is due to criteria such as “Salary today” and “Salary percentage increase”, which confirm the appreciation by companies of the figure of the Management Engineer, an increasingly sought-after profile due to the ability to effectively manage complex contexts, as well as innovation and change.

The School’s excellent positioning comes at the start of an academic year that will see the inauguration of a new Master of Science structure. Fourteen new specialisations, known as “Majors”, have been set up to provide students with the tools and skills to play a leading role in the management of the economic, industrial and social challenges facing companies, and the country in general, today: Analytics for Business, Business Strategy and Transformation, Circular Economy, Complex Projects Business, Digital Business Innovation, Energy Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Industrial Management, Industry 4.0, Innovation Management, International Business, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability and Social Impact.

These new Majors will allow students to acquire cross-cutting skills in the fields of economics, finance, management and industrial engineering, alongside essential technical skills for understanding and governing the increasingly important digital transformation.

Each Major includes design laboratories developed in collaboration with a variety of companies and aimed at involving students in stimulating design challenges that simulate real-life work contexts.

For more information:
FT Masters in Management 2021 Ranking



Flex MBA the only Italian programme in the ranking: up one place on last year, now 8th in the world and in Europe’s top 5

MIP Politecnico di Milano reconfirms its place among the best business schools in the world for online MBAs. MIP is the Graduate School of Business belonging to the School of Management at Politecnico di Milano. According to the Financial Times Online MBA Ranking 2021, published today, MIP’s International Flex MBA is 8th in world for distance learning Masters in Business Administration, one place better than last year. In the ranking for European business schools, MIP is in 5th place and is still the only Italian school in the ranking compiled every year by the British newspaper.

Our higher education offer holds its place among the most competitive in the world”, said Vittorio Chiesa, President of MIP.Every manager, business person and professional knows that is it vitally important to continue developing their capabilities and expertise, and strengthen leadership skills that are essential to guide companies, from SMEs to large multinationals, in a dynamic and rapidly changing world. MIP is now an international reference point for its role in supporting leaders in this challenge”.

MIP’s International Flex MBA 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 when it debuted in 2014 within MIP’s programme portfolio. In eight years, over 550 students have taken one of these two MBAs, with enrolments up by 35% in 2020 alone.

Looking at the FT ranking and the parameters used, the International Flex MBA scored well in all “career progress” indices (progression in the alumni’s level of seniority and the size of company they now work for versus three years ago on graduation), in gender balance on the School’s Board and for the number of international students and faculty.

We are very proud to have received this acknowledgement from the Financial Times, as the only business school in Italy included in the ranking”, added Federico Frattini, MIP Dean.This improvement in our global position confirms the quality of our distance learning offer. The health emergency inevitably also had an impact on the way we ‘do’ higher education, and accelerated a process of innovation that we were already expecting as the natural progression in executive education. The rise in number of people studying for one of these MBAs in such an unusual year as 2020 indicates that our decision to introduce smart learning as the first in Italy and one of the earliest in Europe was a key move that allowed us to intercept the growing demand for flexibility, something that our business community has been expressing for some time”.

In the Financial Times’ top ten ranking, MIP is ahead of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland (USA) and the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW Business School in Sydney. Warwick Business School (UK) retain the lead, followed by IE Business School (Spain) and Imperial College Business School (UK), a new entrant to the ranking.

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.


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