SINGAPORE - The National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School was ranked 12th in the world by the Financial Times (FT) for customised executive education (EE) programmes.
The only South-east Asian university in the ranking, the school moved up four spots from 16th place last year.
Executive education refers to non-degree programmes, either tailor-made for corporate customers - customised - or available to all working managers open-enrolment.
For the open-enrolment programmes, NUS Business School came in 53rd this year, up from 64th in 2015.
The 18th edition of the FT's executive education rankings includes the best 85 customised programmes and the best 75 open programmes worldwide. The rankings are based on criteria including participants' and clients' satisfaction, the diversity of participants and faculty, as well as the schools' international teaching and students.
Spain's Iese Business School held on to top place in the ranking of customised programmes, but also climbed one spot to second in the ranking of open-enrolment programmes. In doing so, the school also topped the 2016 FT combined ranking of the leading 50 schools for executive education, calculated from both tables. Swiss school IMD was second overall after coming third for four years, relegating HEC Paris into third.
Over the past 35 years, the NUS Business School's executive education programmes have attracted over 38,000 participants from around the world.
The school said it is first to provide open-enrolment Mandarin executive education programmes outside mainland China and Taiwan. It also has an alliance with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, with the Stanford-NUS Executive Programme in International Management now into its 34th year.