Tag: Executive Education



Olin Business School’s joint Executive MBA (EMBA) program with Fudan University in Shanghai is #7 in the 2014 Financial Times (FT) survey and remains among the most highly ranked programs globally. Among EMBA programs based in Mainland China, the Olin-Fudan program ranks #2.

“As one of the first western schools to partner with a Chinese university and introduce executive education to the Asian market, Olin is extremely proud of more than 800 highly successful alumni from our program with Fudan University,” said Mahendra R. Gupta, dean of Olin Business School. “Our excellent faculty are dedicated to preparing global leaders who can manage the challenges of doing business in the 21st century.”

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Prof. Jim Little chats with EMBA students in Shanghai.

Based on surveys of alumni who graduated in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and information provided by the business schools, The FT rankings are based on multiple criteria from students’ salary increases to the volume of research published by faculty.

Candidates accepted to the Olin-Fudan program are among the most highly experienced and accomplished executives. The majority are at a directorship level or higher when they enter the program. When compared to all the schools in the FT survey, Olin-Fudan incoming students rank at #11 on the global scale of work experience.

The Shanghai-based program is taught in English by tenured faculty of Washington and Fudan universities. Students attend intensive monthly sessions for 22 months with a rigorous and demanding curriculum. Graduates report salary increases of more than 50% according to the new FT survey. Olin-Fudan alumni are not only prepared to take their careers to the next level upon completion of the EMBA program but they continue to benefit from the global alumni networks of two highly respected universities.

In the category of research, the Olin-Fudan program ranked #11 globally, reflecting the important role that faculty research plays in Olin’s mission to create knowledge and use research as a teaching tool. This category is calculated according to the number of articles published by a school’s current full-time faculty members in 45 academic and practitioner journals between January 2011 and August 2014. The rank combines the absolute number of publications with the number weighted relative to the faculty’s size.

The Olin-Fudan premier EMBA program attracts a diverse cohort of students each year from multi-national companies based in China and throughout Asia. Nearly half (49%), of the international EMBA candidates in the Shanghai program are women, the highest percentage among the top-tier schools in the FT survey.

Washington University launched its Executive MBA program 30 years ago in St. Louis and it continues to grow in recognition and reach. The Shanghai-based program was established in 2002 and more recently, the program has expanded to Kansas City (2009), and Denver (2013). In 2015, Olin and the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay’s Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management will launch the first joint EMBA program of its kind in Mumbai, India.

The Financial Times’ 14th annual ranking of executive MBA degrees included 132 programs from 32 countries, including 17 offered jointly by more than one school.
To view the rankings and methodology, please click here.

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On September 23, about 400 guests entered Knight Hall for an inspiring TEDx Gateway experience in the Emerson Auditorium and Frick Forum. There were seven speakers including Washington University Executive MBA alumna, Edie Varley.

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Edie Varley, fourth from left, surrounded by her TEDx fan club.

Wonderful accolades were given to Washington University throughout the evening by individuals like Ginger Imster, Executive Director of Arch Grants for our support of the emerging St. Louis entrepreneurship community. photo 3 (2)

Steve Sommers the curator of the TEDx Gateway Arch organization told the gathering that this chapter is “committed to creating awareness about the many cool ideas that exist in St. Louis.”

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KANSAS CITY BUSINESS JOURNAL: Olin Business School hires new managing director to oversee KC program. Linda Endecott has been named the new managing director of Olin’s Executive Education programs in Kansas City, where the Executive MBA program is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

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Linda Endecott

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Wash U’s Hard-Fought Gamble in India. Poets & Quants for Executives, July 18, 2014. Within a week of announcing an unusual Executive MBA program in India in late June, Washington University’s Olin School has more than 50 credible inquiries from prospective students for its first cohort. An interview with Dean Gupta.

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Executive education nondegree programs at Olin Business School leapt into the top 10 bracket of U.S. schools ranked by the Financial Times released May 11, 2014. For Open Enrollment programs, Olin ranked #9 nationally and #17 internationally, while for Customized programs, Olin’s rank was #10 nationally and #24 internationally. Both rankings are sizable increases for Olin.

Olin offers a wide range of Open Enrollment and Customized courses for executives on its Washington University in St. Louis campus and through its partnership with the Brookings Institution where it manages Brookings Executive Education in Washington, D.C.

Olin’s jump in the rankings was powered by positive feedback from both client companies and participants who often report that executive education courses are a life- or career-changing experience. For more information on executive education courses offered by Olin Business School, click here.

According to the Financial Times, business schools are reporting a rise in demand for customized and open enrollment short-term programs for managers, marking a reversal of a sharp decline that began with the financial crisis in 2008.

FT rankings are based on participants’ and clients’ satisfaction, the diversity of participants and faculty, and the school’s international exposure. The FT ranked a record number of schools this year that are based in the United States and internationally. Click here to see the complete rankings.