The Lisbon MBA, a CATÓLICA-LISBON and Nova SBE’s joint program, in collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management, was ranked among the 100 best Executive MBA programs in the world, achieving its best result ever. It is also the only Executive MBA program in Portugal to be part of this Financial Times ranking, appearing 40th in Europe.

The Lisbon MBA has a long-standing strategic partnership with MIT Sloan since 2009, which achieved the 7th best MBA in the world according this ranking.

Among the main criteria under evaluation that allow The Lisbon MBA to reach the 84th position worldwide, it should be emphasized the good score of the program in the categories of salary increase, goals achieved and overall student satisfaction with the program. According to the Financial Times, graduates of The Lisbon MBA Executive have an average 55% increase in salary in the three years following completion of the program. It should be also highlighted the score achieved in the ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) category, in the 54th position worldwide, and 32nd in Europe, reflecting the importance of addressing the factors of sustainable and responsible growth transversally in the programs of The Lisbon MBA, with 25% of the hours taught on average, dedicated to this subject.

Being distinguished by the Financial Times ranking as one of the best programs in the world is a result that recognizes the success that CATÓLICA-LISBON and Nova SBE have achieved in designing world-class MBA programs, and reflects the continuous investment in all elements of the programs, from the curriculum, to the faculty quality, to career support and the attraction of national and international talent that make up the classes of the programs, with an increasing multicultural representation.

According to Maria José Amich, Executive Director of The Lisbon MBA, "this distinction made by the Financial Times is extremely important for the entire community of The Lisbon MBA, students, teachers, alumni, management team and partner companies, among others. The success of our program is based on a combination of factors ranging from the excellence of the faculty of the three leading schools that make up this joint venture, CATOLICA LISBON and Nova SBE, in collaboration with MIT Sloan, a holistic teaching approach that covers the technical component of management and the development of key skills for agile and purposeful leadership and a focus on what we call Action Learning, "learning by doing". This recognition from the Financial Times is the result of working together in the pursuit of excellence and continuous innovation that leads us to consistently be among the best in the world."


For Filipe Santos, Dean of CATÓLICA-LISBON, and Daniel Traça, Dean of Nova SBE "this top position of The Lisbon MBA Executive reflects the success of the program and the excellent professional careers of its graduates. It also reflects the success of this partnership that brings together three world-renowned schools to place Portugal and Lisbon on the map of the world's best MBAs. The future is built by developing talent and more humanistic and inclusive leaders capable of leading with purpose and CATÓLICA-LISBON and Nova SBE will continue to work to establish themselves increasingly as world-class business schools, working in partnership with the best".

The Financial Times Executive MBA 2022 ranking is a reference of business schools worldwide. Every year, it distinguishes the 100 best MBAs in the world, according to criteria such as salary increases, career progression, diversity and the social responsibility component of the program. The results are obtained through alumni surveys and data collected and evaluated by the ranking.


About The Lisbon MBA Católica | Nova

The Lisbon MBA Católica | Nova is an internationally recognized joint venture between CATÓLICA-LISBON and Nova SBE, in collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management. Its value proposition is based on providing a truly global experience, with holistic development and a learning methodology based on action-learning experiences, in a diverse and entrepreneurial city.

CATÓLICA-LISBON and Nova SBE are internationally recognized, and are part of an elite group of business schools - less than 1% in the world - that hold Triple Crown accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA).


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