The International Institute for Management Development (IMD) is a world-class business school located in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was formed in 1990 through the merger between IMI (founded by Alcan Aluminium Ltd.) and IMEDE. The School is consistently placed among the very best in the world for its MBA and Executive Education programs by major publications such as the Financial Times, Economist, WSJ, Forbes, etc.

IMD offers a range of degree programs including the MBA, EMBA and executive education (open enrollment and company custom programs). The MBA program is focused on leadership, entrepreneurship and social responsibility, and it can be completed in 1 year. The Executive MBA program has four major elements: business fundamentals, globalization, company-based assignments and execution.


- 1st worldwide in the EIU Global Ranking of Top MBA program 2008. It is ranked 2nd worldwide in 2009.

- 14th globally in the FT MBA Rankings (2008 and 2009).

- The Executive Education: non degree program is ranked 1st outside the US and 2nd worldwide (FT 2009).

- According to the Forbes MBA surveys, IMD is placed 2nd among one-year programs in 2009, and 1st among one-year programs in 2007.

- 1st in Europe for open enrollment programs, 1st in Europe for customized courses, 1st globally for combined ranking of open enrollment and customized courses (FT 2008).

- 4th in the FT Top 65 EMBA Ranking 2008.

- 1st in Europe and globally (FT "Ranking of the Rankings": combined results of all major MBA rankings, 2007).

- 16th internationally in the ranking of the best global MBA programs for Latin Americans (America Economia, 2008). It is placed 10th internationally in 2007.

- It is the only institution from Switzerland ranked within the Top 10 Non-USA MBA by Business Week 2007.
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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek