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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FT Online MBA Ranking: International Flex MBA by the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano a world top ten online Master

The only Italian programme in the Financial Times ranking and a European top 4

Federico Frattini, MIP Dean: “In an explosive period for the debate on digital transformation within education processes and online learning, Italy has as a global reference point in our School. An excellent ‘distance’ acknowledgement”.

The International Flex MBA offered by Politecnico di Milano’s School of Management is the only Italian distance learning programme to be included among the ten best in the world, and it is in 4th place for European Schools. This is confirmed by the Financial Times, which today has published its Online MBA 2020 Ranking on the performance of the most outstanding distance learning Masters in Business Administration.

In a moment of lively debate on the need to approach education from a distance, where innovative, flexible and inclusive models are a choice and not the answer to an emergency, the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano is once again showing its role as a trailblazer presenting excellent results in this field”. These are the words of Federico Frattini and Vittorio Chiesa, recently appointed as Dean and President of MIP, respectively. MIP designs and teaches Masters and other courses on behalf of the School of Management.

They then continue: “Our educational offer is now very largely available through smart learning. The International Flex MBA is taught via our platform specifically designed in partnership with Microsoft. This full English version of our Flex MBA was the first smart learning MBA launched in Italy in 2014, and is one of our School’s major success stories; as of today, nearly 500 students have taken the Italian and International versions. In 2016, AMBA (the Association of MBAs) listed our 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 EOOCS certification for online programmes of excellence. Last year, the programme was placed in 7th place in the QS Distance/Online MBA Rankings 2019.

In greater detail, the International Flex MBA was evaluated highly in the FT Online MBA 2020 Ranking for the superb way in which course colleagues, School faculty and staff are all able to interact online through the platform designed specially for this type of Master. The programme was also acknowledged for its impact on the participants’ level of pay (average, they receive a 40% increase within three years from graduation), and on their career prospects, for the excellent cost-benefit ratio, as well as for the high percentage of women (47%) and international members on the School’s Board (65%) and its policies concerning corporate social responsibility“.

Frattini and Chiesa conclude by saying: “These are superb results, achieved through our efforts to continuously improve the programme and extend the international dimension of the curriculum. Today, the excellent level of MIP Graduate School of Business is there for all to see in its development of digital solutions supporting the education process and the value of our online offer. Our objective is to find the optimal balance between ready and easy access to all course material and outstanding teaching and personalised learning experience”.