Financial Times Includes UA Eller Executive Education Program in Prestigious Global Rankings

Financial Times Includes UA Eller Executive Education Program in Prestigious Global Rankings
May 22, 2017
Eller College is the only new school on the global list to break into the top 75 this year, and ranks No. 4 overall in the Western U.S.

TUCSON, Ariz. – May 22, 2017 – For the first time, the University of Arizona Eller College of Management has been included in the Financial Times Executive Education Program rankings. The prestigious 2017 worldwide rankings are based principally on measures of participants’ and clients’ satisfaction, as well as the schools’ reputation, growth in revenues, their international reach and faculty diversity. At No. 68, Eller College is the only new school on the global list to break into the top 75 this year, and ranks No. 4 overall in the Western United States, behind Stanford, UCLA, and Thunderbird School of Global Management.

UA Eller College Dean Paulo Goes said the business school has been strategic in its aggressive efforts to grow the Eller Executive Education (EEE) program. With its main offices on Eller’s recently expanded downtown Phoenix campus, EEE creates opportunities for business enhancement and leadership development in Arizona, the U.S. and abroad. 

“More organizations are recognizing the need for leadership development programs of their C-suite and various management levels to help boost capabilities and revenue,” Goes said. “The results of the Financial Times’ rankings are a testament to the quality of our curriculum, our faculty’s ability to engage an executive audience and our continued market growth. This is the next step in a journey that will see us engage more organizations and business leaders globally.”

EEE Assistant Dean Joe Carella said emerging and seasoned leaders face challenges in a world of digital disruption, complex and global value chains, a volatile stock market, political and social unrest and more.

“While some Ivy league schools provide training programs for executives, many don’t offer the flexibility and options that Eller Executive Education does,” Carella said. “For example, recently we brought together leaders from a Middle Eastern organization with Hershey executives in a hackathon learning format. They learned how to work effectively with leaders from other cultures in a fast-paced and impactful learning format. Almost simultaneously, we are working with APS executives here in Arizona to help them increase their performance in interpersonal dynamics and make sense of an increasingly complex workplace through skills such as agility, influence and building accountability.”

In April 2017, EEE launched a High Impact Leadership Development program aimed at industries in disruption. The five-day immersive experience provides executives with insight on how to create agile organizations that can tackle today’s business disruptions. Participating companies have included Yahoo, Grupo Mexico and Charles Schwab.

With the abundance of executive education programs available to corporate leaders, Carella said it’s important for businesses to do their due diligence before committing to a program.

“EEE programs prepare organizations and managers to tackle the challenges of doing business today and the exponential growth opportunities that disruption offers. We use principles of neuroscience to help participants be more adaptable and agile. A traditional misconception is that we do not engage the participants beyond the classroom. Our faculty and coaches support the executives long after they have left the classroom. Creating lasting impact and transformational experiences is where we excel,” he said.

The EEE also conducts ongoing, free webinars that deliver insight in today’s volatile business environment. Upcoming webinars include “Building a Culture of Adaptability” on May 23 and “Closing the Talent Gap in Digital Transformation” on June 22. To register, visit

To learn more about Eller Executive Education, visit

About the Eller College

Founded in 1933, the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona upholds the visionary belief that business education helps shape the world in new and unprecedented ways through pioneering and practical research, innovative coursework, data-driven decision-making and excellence in entrepreneurship and social responsibility. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Eller College of Management is home to more than 7,000 undergraduate, graduate and PhD students and offers nine majors, six minors, six specialty master’s programs, four MBA programs and six doctoral programs. The college also houses several centers of excellence and research labs. The college is currently ranked 21st in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for undergraduate business programs (number 11 public). U.S. News also ranks our full-time MBA number 49, our evening MBA number 46, our online MBA number 33 and our online master’s in MIS number 8 in the country. In addition, our management information systems department ranks number four nationally and our McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is ranked number 10 nationally (U.S. News). The Eller Executive Education program debuted at number 68 in the Financial Times Executive Education Program ranking (number 4 in the Western U.S.).

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