The International Institute for Management Development

Founding Date

The International Institute for Management Development is a top-ranked business school, expert in developing leaders, transforming organizations and creating immediate and long-term positive impact. IMD is an independent academic institution with Swiss roots and global reach, established by business leaders for business leaders. A trusted learning partner of choice for ambitious individuals and organizations, IMD has been a pioneering force in developing leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society. IMD is an intellectually and culturally diverse institution, well-known for its MBA program, which is taught in English and consistently ranked among the best in the world. The institution delivers real learning impact through a unique combination of teaching, research, coaching, and advisory services.


Executive Education Rankings

  • #2 worldwide for open programs - 2022 (Financial Times)

  • #1 worldwide for open programs for nine years in a row - 2012-2020 (Financial Times)

  • In the Top 3 worldwide for executive education / combined ranking for open & custom programs since 2012 (Financial Times)

  • Top 5 worldwide for overall ranking for more than 15 years in a row (Financial Times)

MBA Rankings

  • #1 MBA international 1-year program - 2019 (Forbes)

  • #1 MBA program in Europe - 2021-2022 (Bloomberg Businessweek)

  • #1 MBA program worldwide for criteria on international students; international faculty - 2021 (Financial Times)

  • #4 Best International MBA programs - 2021-2022 (Poets & Quants Ranking)

EMBA Rankings

  • #8 EMBA program worldwide - 2020 (The Economist)

  • #1 EMBA program worldwide for criteria on international faculty; languages – 2020 (Financial Times)

  • #1 EMBA program for career development - 2018 (The Economist)