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UT is among the top five public universities offering custom executive education in the United States, according to the latest rankings from the Financial Times.

The executive education programs offered through UT’s Haslam College of Business were ranked thirteenth overall nationally and forty-fifth worldwide by the UK-based publication, which features international business, finance, economic, and political news.

The rankings highlight the college’s commitment to custom solutions for the global business community. In 2015, the college delivered sixty-two custom courses, ten of which took place outside the United States.

Bruce Behn, associate dean for graduate and executive education in UT’s Haslam College of Business.

“Our commitment to helping the global business community meet its needs through tailored solutions that bring considerable return on investment is a point of pride for us,” said Bruce Behn, associate dean for graduate and executive education in the college. “We also ranked eighth internationally for follow-up with customers and twenty-second for facilities.”

UT’s custom executive education programs combine faculty knowledge with real-life challenges and needs that businesses, including health care, military and government organizations, are facing today.

Behn says the college is able to work with clients to build the talent of their employees in specific areas such as operations excellence, supply chain, and leadership so their organizations are better equipped to succeed.

Steve Mangum, dean of the college and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, emphasized that positive input from corporate clients played a significant role in the achievement of these rankings.

“This particular ranking demonstrates that UT’s Haslam College of Business is highly regarded by its nondegree executive education clientele,” Mangum said. “When coupled with feedback and rankings of our degree program offerings and our scholarly research, it’s apparent that our business school isn’t resting on its laurels but continuously seeking to improve.”

The Financial Times survey combines data reported by business schools with ratings from companies that commissioned executive courses. Factors including value, faculty quality, international engagement, and diversity were taken into account.


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