Higher placement Nyenrode fulltime MBA and MSc in Management in the FT rankings

FT-European business school rankings for 2021 published

December 7 2021

The Financial Times has published its annual rankings for European business schools. This list, compiled for the 18th time this year, is a global benchmark for business schools. The full-time MBA and Master of Science in Management programs of Nyenrode Business Universiteit moved up several places in this ranking. Nyenrode retained its 41st place in the European ranking.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Financial Times decided to base the current ranking on the average of the last three years. For most elements, Nyenrode showed an improvement at both a European and a global level.


Koen Becking, Rector Magnificus of Nyenrode is satisfied with the result: “It is good to see that the MBA and MSc in Management programs have gone up despite the challenges of COVID-19, and that we are maintaining our overall position in the rankings. This is due to the hard work of all our colleagues and the resilience of our students. Of course, there are always points we can improve on and we will continue to work on them in a very motivated way, but I am happy with this team performance after such a tumultuous year. I look forward with confidence to the coming years where our focus is on transformative education, the social impact of our research and the continued internationalization of Nyenrode.”

Nyenrode’s full-time MBA program moved up in the ranking from the 32nd to the 29th position. Bas Kodden, program director for the full-time MBA: “International students know how to find their way to Nyenrode, even during this pandemic with all the travel restrictions and other uncertainties. The fact that we moved up the list tells something about the confidence our students have in the university. It also confirms that our MBA, which we offer from the heart of Amsterdam, and which offers direct connections to the international business community, is highly valued.”


The full-time Master of Science in Management is also well reviewed, moving up 5 places to the 64th position. Carlijn Wentzel, program director for the full-time MSc in Management: “This is a positive sign about the curriculum we offer in both Amsterdam and Breukelen. The program combines academic content with practical relevance and personal development, and gives students a kick-start into the business world through our Nyenrode Alumni Community. This is highly appreciated by both Dutch and international students.”

For the Executive Education ranking, the Financial Times decided to combine the results of the past three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This left Nyenrode Open Programs in 16th place and Customized Programs moved up from 43rd to 45th.

Nyenrode Business Universiteit participates in the Financial Times rankings every year. It is a composite ranking based on the combined performance of Europe’s leading schools. It combines five rankings: MBA, Executive MBA, Masters in Management, Customized and Open Programs. The results are published annually early December. The results of the ranking can be viewed here.

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