DURHAM…The Financial Times has ranked Duke University’s non-degree executive education program number 1 on its annual rankings.

This is the first time a business school outside the Ivy League has claimed a top spot in the rankings.

Duke’s Fuqua School of Business’s open-enrollment executive education program 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, Duke won the top spot.

The rankings are derived from survey sof 400 clients of 104 programs nationally.