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Duke Executive Education Ranked No. 1 in the World

Financial Times releases annual rankings for non-degree education programs

June 29, 2004

DURHAM , N.C. - The Financial Times has ranked non-degree executive education at Duke University 's Fuqua School of Business as No. 1 in the world.

Its headline on May 17 read: Duke Scoops Top Spot in FT's Executive Education League . The newspaper wrote, "Duke has become the first US business school outside the Ivy League to top the Financial Times' annual rankings of executive education programs."

Fuqua's open-enrollment executive education rose to No. 2 this year from No. 8 last year. Combined with Duke Corporate Education's No. 1 ranking for the second year in a row in the custom education category, the combined ranking for Duke was No. 1.

Fuqua Dean Douglas T. Breeden, who also serves as chairman of the board of Duke Corporate Education, said he received the news "with a great deal of pride and appreciation.

"I am delighted that the skills and hard work of Fuqua executive education is being recognized around the world," he said, noting that the rankings are derived from surveys of 400 clients of 104 programs.

John F. Cady, Fuqua's Associate Dean for Executive Programs, said, "These rankings underscore the correctness of the strategy we undertook in 2000 to separate our non-degree programs into two organizations. That shift has allowed both to focus on their respective markets and strengthen their positions in the industry. Today Fuqua Executive Education has an outstanding portfolio of programs and courses that respond to the needs of managers and executives," Cady said. "Executives need education that gives them a competitive edge and that they can put to use immediately, and that is exactly what Fuqua does."

Blair Sheppard is CEO of Duke Corporate Education, the custom corporate educator. "We have re-invented custom corporate education by tightly linking educational programs with corporate objectives," he said. He added that recent wins of large contracts from Ford and Microsoft are examples of their respect in the corporate world.