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Financial Times ranks Duke Corporate Education #1 for four consecutive years

Duke University's Duke Corporate Education unit (Duke CE) has been ranked the world's number one provider of custom executive education, according to the 15 May edition of the London-based Financial Times (FT).

This makes the fourth year in a row that Duke CE has turned up at the top of the charts for customized programs, which use education to address issues specific to a given company. 'Every other business school worth its salt,' writes FT, 'has followed Duke's lead.'

The FT survey relies principally on interviews with executives in client organisations, exploring categories such as Value for Money, Course Design, Preparation, and New Skills and Learning.

Blair Sheppard, Duke CE's CEO, thanked the firm's clients - 'thoughtful CEOs and COOs, chief learning officers, and heads of learning and development' - for insisting that it reinvent executive education, adding  'Collaborating with them hasn't just made us better, it made us possible.

'We are delighted to share this honour with the London School of Economics, our partner in Europe and the world's leading social sciences school,' Sheppard added. He also had special praise for a network of outstanding global faculty.

The combined rankings for open enrollment and custom executive education also placed Duke University in the number one position: Duke Corporate Education and Duke's Fuqua School of Business together led all schools in the survey.

FT's annual survey, the results of which are based primarily on interviews with executives in client organizations, likewise placed Duke CE at the top of its market in 2003, 2004, and 2005. 

Duke CE has offices in San Diego, New York, London, and Durham, NC. LSE has operated a successful joint venture with Duke CE since 2003.

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Contact Paul Baerman, marketing director, +1 (919) 680-5675, paul.baerman@dukece.com| 

The Duke Corporate Education link is through Enterprise LSE|.

16 May 2006

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