FT rankings put IIMA’s executive education programmes at # 1 in India, # 2 in Asia and #35 worldwide

  • Ranked #1 in India, #2 in Asia and #35 worldwide in the combined category
  • #1 in India for open enrolment programmes and # 3 in Asia for custom programmes
  • Reaffirmation of IIMA’s position as the go-to institute that is aware of and responsive to industry demands


Ahmedabad, May 24: The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), a premier global management institute, has been ranked #1 in India overall, for its Executive Education programmes, as per the latest Financial Times (FT) Executive Education Rankings 2023.  IIMA also holds the #2 rank in Asia and the 35th rank, globally.  

This year, IIMA moves up by two places in the Open Enrolment Programmes, and five places in the Custom Programmes rankings. In the combined category rankings, IIMA has moved up by four places to the 35th position globally. 

Sharing his views, Professor Bharat Bhasker, Director, IIMA, said, “IIMA has been consistently commended for its executive education programmes by professionals as well as industry leaders and it is heartening to see this reflected in the various parameters of the FT rankings. More importantly, we have improved our own performance over the years. Our close connect and understanding of the industry makes us uniquely placed to play the role of a knowledge partner through our executive education programmes.”

Overall, IIMA’s Executive Education programmes have done well on several parameters in the rankings, which include international participants, international location, faculty, programme design, teaching methods, aims achieved, value for money and future use, among others. 

Executive Education at IIMA:

With a diverse portfolio of over 200 curated programmes in open enrolment and customised formats, the Executive Education programmes at IIMA are designed for a diverse set of audiences that include business leaders, policymakers, industry professionals, among others.  These programmes are delivered in all formats – in-person, online and blended.   For the past 59 years, the Executive Education has been successfully operationalising its programmes under both Open and Custom categories. The programmes are carefully curated involving a judicious mix of real-life case studies, case discussions, lectures, quizzes and assignments. The classroom interventions are designed throughout the course in order to enhance the learning experience for participants. The pedagogy used in these programmes remains highly interactive and engaging. 

IIM Ahmedabad first launched its Executive Education Programmes in January 1964. IIMA pioneered a unique Three-Tiered Programme for Management Development (dubbed later as the 3TP) with three different levels of the firm’s managerial cadre (middle, senior and top) attending the programme in different batches and for different durations.  These programmes continue to be popular even today. The first locations for 3TP included Jaipur and Agra, and programmes were mostly held outside IIMA until the Management Development Centre started functioning at IIMA in 1979. Later, other Management Development Programmes (MDPs) were offered on a wide variety of topics covering agriculture, small and medium enterprises, industrial relations, computer applications, women managers and much more.