woman and man in graduation attire
 The cloaks and hats for Aalto University Executive MBA and Executive Education MBA graduates were designed by Aalto design students a number of years ago. Image: Aalto University

Aalto EMBA leads Nordics in student satisfaction

Aalto University’s executive master’s degree programme in business administration (Aalto EMBA) has maintained its position in the top-100 of a ranking published by the Financial Times, with satisfaction of its students the highest among its Nordic equivalents


The programme climbed four spots from the previous year to 88th in the overall ranking while boasting the highest total score for participant satisfaction – a score published for the first time – in the Nordics.

“I’m delighted that our alumni are satisfied with their selection,” stated Pekka Mattila, the chief executive of Aalto EE and a professor of practice at Aalto University School of Business. “The participants’ own views of their growth and career benefits are ultimately what determine the value and return on what is a significant time investment in the executive MBA programme.”

The Financial Times compiles its ranking on the basis of 15 criteria that are weighted differently every year.

People dressed in black-and-purple graduation gowns.

Aalto University has produced some of the world’s most satisfied EMBA holders. Image: Aalto University

Aalto EMBA fared particularly well in terms of the percentage of aims achieved and the relative income development of alumni. Its total score was dented by a minor decline in the share of female students.

The programme has taken pride especially in supporting the individual growth of students, believing it facilitates the transformation of organisations and, as a result, has an impact on the wider society.

“I got exactly what I was looking for: an in-depth overall understanding of business, theoretical frameworks and various new tools,” attested Sonja London, an alumna who is presently the director of licensing at Nokia. “Aalto EMBA, first and foremost, made me a more critical and strategic thinker.”

The top of the ranking was dominated, as usual, by the joint programmes of prestigious universities in China, the UK and the US. The best score was received by the joint programme of US-based Kellogg and Hong Kong UST Business School.

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