The annual European Business Schools Ranking published by the Financial Times has ranked the University of St.Gallen (HSG) in fourth place, unchanged from last year. HSG is therefore the top-ranked public university in these rankings and the best rated university across the entirety of the German-speaking area of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH region). The rankings compiled by the internationally recognized business newspaper are regarded as the most important for European business schools.
According to a press release, HSG’s top ranking among the 95 best European business schools can be attributed to its wide range of top quality programs. In the individual ranking for Master programs in management, HSG has taken first place on a global level every year since 2011 with its "Master in Strategy and International Management". Moreover, HSG has continually improved in the individual rankings for the MBA and Executive MBA courses in addition to open and company-specific executive education programs over recent years.
This year’s result serves to underline “the truly remarkable efforts that those at our university put in day after day in their research, teaching and services to make HSG one of the best in the world”, commented Prof Dr Thomas Bieger, President of the University of St.Gallen. As a public institution, HSG is able to offer the kind of first-rate education for which students abroad would have had to pay astronomical fees at private universities.
In terms of its executive education courses, HSG must “continually update the content of our programs and keep developing course formats so that we can maintain and further consolidate our strong position internationally too”, explained Prof Winfried Ruigrok, PhD. He is also of the Dean of the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law (ES-HSG) and HSG President's Board delegate for university development and executive education
According to another press release issued by HSG, a total of 8,872 students were registered in the fall semester – up by 200 on the prior year. These students come from 83 different countries. The proportion of women among the student community at HSG stands at 35.3 percent, down by half a percentage point versus 2018.