Best Business Schools in Europe

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Top 10 European Business Schools

If you are pursuing a business education, one factor to consider is how well the school is ranked compared to other business schools. In 2014, the Financial Times released its ranking of business schools in Europe. The business schools’ rank and performance are determined by the range and quality of each school’s different programs compared to all other European business study programs. Listed below are the top ten best business schools in Europe:

#10 – University of Oxford: Saïd

Saïd Business School

Saïd Business School

Saïd Business School is the University of Oxford’s arm for studies in business, management and finance. Having been founded in 1996, Saïd Business School is relatively young, but that does not prevent it from being highly ranked among the top business schools in Europe. For 2014, its programs such as MBA, Executive MBA and Executive Education are also ranked in the top ten among all programs of European business schools. The school focuses on ten research areas, including accounting, finance and international business, and has eight centers, including the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation.

#9 – IMD

With its Executive Education ranked #1 in the world for seven consecutive years, IMD or International Institute for Management Development is the expert in executive education. More than 8,000 executives participate in IMD’s programs annually. IMD is also the choice for companies looking for customized programs, as proven by the 120 global companies who choose to work with IMD every year. The school differentiates itself from other business schools by foregoing traditional university structures and processes and emphasizing a flexible, customized and effective approach to executive education.

#8 – SDA Bocconi

SDA Bocconi

SDA Bocconi

SDA Bocconi or the School of Management of Università Bocconi is located in Milan and was the first school in Italy to be given accreditation by EQUIS. Today, it holds two additional international accreditations from AACSB and AMBA. The school has numerous competencies, which are categorized in the three areas of Sector Competence, Function Competence and Cross-Sector Competence. 2014 is the second year for SDA Bocconi in rank #8, climbing up from #11 in 2012.

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#7 – IESE Business School

IESE or “Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa” (Institute of Higher Business Studies in English) has over fifty years of experience in pioneering management education. With its humanistic approach to business and leadership, IESE offers a holistic perspective on business education. With its multinational set of students and faculty members, IESE’s programs provide a global perspective. As one of the largest producers of business cases used in developing decision-making frameworks, the school also builds and maintains relationships with companies and institutions in the industry.

#6 – University of St. Gallen

University of St. Gallen

University of St. Gallen

With its Masters in Management ranked #1 in Europe, the University of St. Gallen and its programs are recognized worldwide. It is the first German-language European university to receive EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. The school offers several programs in English and gives emphasis on its integrative approach to business and the international diversity of its students and faculty. Students may have the chance to study abroad in one of the school’s 180 partner universities.


INSEAD or “Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires” (European Institute of Business Administration in English) takes in 1,300 degree participants in its programs each year in addition to more than 12,000 Executive Education participants. Considered as one of the largest business schools in the world, INSEAD is also a consistent entry in the top rankings of European business schools, with 2014 as its second consecutive year in rank #5.

#4 – ESADE Business School



Consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in Europe, ESADE is widely recognized for its quality education and research as proven by its accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. The school’s holistic approach is strengthened with its relationships in the business, economic and social sectors that also contribute to the academic excellence and social responsibility it aims to imbibe in its students and alumni. The school has campuses in Barcelona, Madrid and Buenos Aires.

#3 – IE Business School

First established in the financial district of Madrid, Spain in 1973, IE Business School has evolved into one of the top business education specialists in the world. It prides itself in its highly ranked programs as well as its integrative approach and international, innovative and entrepreneurial environment that have resulted in multiple nationalities represented on campus and a global network of alumni.

#2 – HEC Paris

HEC Paris

HEC Paris

Founded in 1881, HEC Paris or école des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris is seen today as one of the top business schools worldwide. In fact, the Financial Times ranked it #1 Business School in Europe for five consecutive years previously. The school maintains relationships with a number of multinational corporations and over 100 partner academic institutions across the world. Located close to Paris and Versailles in idyllic woodland, HEC offers an ideal environment for personal and professional development for its 4,000 program participants and 8,500 business executives.

Courses at HEC Paris

#1 – London Business School

Priding itself as a provider of world-class business education for over 50 years, London Business School is consistently ranked as one of the top business schools not only in Europe but also in the world. Based in London, the school has the advantage of being connected to the world’s leading businesses, financial institutions and innovative start-ups. The school’s multinational faculty emphasizes a global outlook in its research and programs, and over 130 nations are represented by its alumni community. The school also has an international exchange program with 30 top business schools.

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The top ten business schools in Europe as listed above can all provide you with a springboard to success in the business world, but there are many more business schools who can provide a pioneering business education. Browse our Business and Management and MBA course directories to find business courses from around the world including Australia, UK and Europe.

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