#1 in Open Programs in FT 2020 Executive Education Rankings

About the Institute for Management Development (IMD)

The Institute for Management Development (IMD) is an independent academic institution with Swiss roots and global reach, founded 75 years ago by business leaders for business leaders. Since its creation, IMD has been a pioneering force in developing leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society.

Based in Lausanne (Switzerland) and Singapore, IMD has been ranked in the Top 3 of the annual FT’s Executive Education Global Ranking for the last nine consecutive years and in the top five for 17 consecutive years. Our MBA and EMBA programs have repeatedly been singled out among the best in Europe and the world.

We believe that this consistency at the forefront of our industry is grounded in IMD’s unique approach to creating “Real Learning. Real Impact”. Led by an expert and diverse faculty, we strive to be the trusted learning partner of choice for ambitious individuals and organizations worldwide. Challenging what is and inspiring what could be.

IMD has also stepped up its action and measurement efforts in the area of sustainability in recent years. EcoVadis announced the business school’s silver rating for 2019, showing a clear year-on-year progression.

Our purpose

Challenging what is and inspiring what could be, we develop leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society.

Our Values



IMD’s commitment to excellence is reflected in sustained top rankings from the Financial Times and other influential business publications. IMD is one of just two business schools worldwide that has been ranked in the top five of the Financial Times Executive Education Rankings for more than 15 consecutive years.

Executive Education Rankings

  • #1 worldwide for open programs for nine years in a row - 2012-2020 (Financial Times)
  • In the Top 3 worldwide for executive education / combined ranking for open & custom programs for nine years in a row - 2012-2020 (Financial Times)
  • Top 3 worldwide for overall ranking (open and custom programs) for eight years in a row - 2012-2019 (Financial Times)
  • Top 5 worldwide for overall ranking for more than 15 years in a row (Financial Times)


Accreditation labels signal quality to prospective participants and underline IMD’s commitment to delivering the very highest standards in real learning and real impact.

In 2020, IMD sustained the premier “triple-crown” of AACSB, European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) EQUIS, and AMBA accreditations, confirming IMD’s commitment to delivering the highest levels of real learning and real impact.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level.

EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)

The fundamental objective of EQUIS, linked to the mission of EFMD, is to raise the standard of management education worldwide.

Association of MBAs (AMBA)

AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education and is earned only by the best programs.

ISO/IEC 27001:2013

In recognition of our engagement to Information Security, we got certified by PECB MS signifying that our organization has been assessed and found to be in accordance with the management system requirements in ISO/IEC 27001:2013.

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is an internationally recognized standard, demonstrating our commitment to meet the Information Security expectations from our customers, employees, and business partners as well as IMD’s legal and compliance requirements.