Financial Times Custom Executive Education Rankings 2020

For two decades, the Financial Times has consistently ranked Duke Corporate Education (Duke CE) among the top global custom executive education providers. This year, Duke CE was the #1 provider based in South Africa and #4 worldwide.

Duke CE CEO Michael Chavez said, “We are proud of this ranking, not only because of the dramatic changes that are taking place in business education but also because they are based on direct client feedback. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with our outstanding clients in their ongoing efforts to reinvent leadership development. While dramatic changes in our shared work were already unfolding, the pandemic has accelerated the need to do more of what we do best with our clients: unite our creative talents to catalyze leadership-driven organizational change. While we think that this crisis will generate a reset to our entire market, we believe that co-creating meaningful impact—not just delivering excellent custom education—will be needed more than ever, now and into the future.”

Other custom schools in South Africa included the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business at #56 and Gordon Institute of Business Science at UP at #60. To determine its rankings, the Financial Times surveys clients across a multitude of categories, including design, methods and materials, faculty, value for money and aims achieved. Duke CE is in the top two for value for money and the top three for teaching methods, international clients and overseas programs. The Financial Times reports one customer’s insight: “we chose Duke to ensure we had world-class content delivered by world-class faculty in a sustainable way.”

“We recognize that our African clients demand ever more impactful leadership development solutions and deeper and more strategic partnership from us,” said Chavez. “We try harder every day to ensure that our clients feel that they have a capable, thoughtful and innovative partner—one they can trust and rely on to prepare their leaders for what’s next. We are proud to have occupied the top of rankings since the beginning of this survey, and to have shared this placement with institutions we deeply respect and admire. And, this result energizes us to do even better as we continue to strive to fulfill our promise to our clients to always work toward even greater impact.”

Leading Business

Global pharmaceutical AstraZeneca is passionate about helping their leaders think differently to prepare for the future by challenging their assumptions and worldview. Designed with Duke CE, the Leading Business program is a 12-week learning experience preparing senior leaders with the cutting-edge knowledge, skills and mindset to meet the business challenges of today while preparing for the opportunities of the future.

The Leading Business experience is designed for all mid to senior-level leaders globally – around 2,700, in a three to four- month learning experience, with up to 100 per cohort. Through a dynamic learning ecosystem focused on ambidextrous leadership, Leading Business is designed to embed a mindset to exploit and explore, while leaders apply practical ideas for innovation. The content, context and learning experiences are focused on digital disruption, patient centricity, as well as inclusive and sustainable leadership, which are carefully integrated to help leaders acquire new knowledge, behaviors and mindsets.

In the Financial Times, Leading Business Program Alumnae, Nimisha Jadeja, Head, Medical Innovation at AstraZeneca, described her experience as “Disruptive in the most positive, uncomfortable and immersive manner. Many courses fail to deliver on relevance, and the experience feels tick-box or not worth the time. Duke CE’s “think big, start small” mantra is powerful, focusing on the vision that will drive you forward and starting small so that you are not overwhelmed and you are able to make progress immediately.”

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