The QUT Business School has strengthened its position as a world class provider of executive education after climbing 10 spots in the prestigious UK Financial Times Custom Executive Education Rankings for 2023.
The announcement makes QUT the only Queensland university to feature in the international rankings for client customised education, taking out 56th place globally which is up from 66th position last year.
“We are really happy to see this success and it is a reflection of our talented team involved in working with our clients to design, deliver and continually innovate our programs,” Head of QUT’s Graduate School of Business, Professor Sarah Kelly OAM, said.
“We are living in a vibrant economy, a vibrant region in which continual upskilling and leadership development is needed in the face of complexity, ambiguity and constant change across all sectors.
“Our clients and students are seeing the value of critical thinking that comes with academic delivery combined with the advantages of accessing current and relevant research, with the lens of immediate practical application as a key outcome.”
Professor Kelly, who comes with her own global reputation for excellence for her work across sport, tourism, technology and professional services, joined the QUT Business School in April to lead the Graduate School of Business which houses customised programs and award programs.
“This ranking is a testament to our professional team and leadership of customised programs from Dr Kate Joyner, who has recently taken over from Professor Vicky Browning,” she said.
This is the sixth consecutive time that QUT has featured in the elite ranking, which saw global education provider Duke Corporate Education take out first place, followed by schools in France, Spain and Germany.
“There’s been a range of distinctive points about our programs,” Professor Kelly said.
“First and foremost, the quality of our academic and professional teams who continually innovate and strive to deliver relevant cutting-edge insights in close collaboration with industry through those courses.
“It’s also the focus on continual innovation and improvement in quality of our delivery that has supported this success. We have a trusted, contemporary and relevant brand and look forward to continuing with this success.”
The only other Australian university to make the Financial Times Custom Executive Education Rankings for 2023 was the AGSM at the University of New South Wales Business School that ranked 40th out of 75 included business schools.