Another Successful Year

WU’s Master’s Program in International Management hit the top ten for the first time in the renowned Financial Times Ranking. We are very proud of this sensational achievement.

Financial Times Ranking

Every year, the British business daily Financial Times (FT) publishes a ranking of the best business schools. WU was included in three categories and did sensationally well in 2016.

Eighth Place in Masters in Management Ranking

In the 2016 Masters in Management ranking, WU’s Master’s Program in International Management placed in the top ten, making it one of the best of the 90 international universities included in the ranking. This puts WU’s program in second place in the German-speaking region, behind only the University of St. Gallen, the top scorer in the overall ranking.

The ranking criteria are very strict. Only AACSB or EQUIS accredited universities are eligible to participate, and only programs that have been active for at least four years are included. The program rankings are based on 16 criteria in three areas: diversity (international and female faculty), international experience and research, and alumni’s career progress. WU alumni are particularly well prepared for the labor market: 94% of WU students find a job within three months of graduation. A further factor in WU’s favor is its comprehensive foreign language program, its international environment, and the wide selection of opportunities for gaining international experience – WU took first place for the indicator “international course experience.”

“This success comes as a positive signal for Austria as whole. We’ve shown that it’s possible to achieve excellent results in international rankings.”
WU Rector Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger

Success for Executive Academy


The WU Executive Academy’s Global Executive MBA program placed 44th of 100 ranked programs in the FT Executive MBA Ranking. When restricted to the EU region, this puts the program in the top 15, and among the three best programs in the German-speaking area.

The ranking is based on 16 categories focusing mainly on program quality and career development of graduates. In those categories that are particularly important for program participants, the Global Executive MBA ranks among the best 20 programs worldwide:

  • Average work experience: place 13 (#4 in the EU)
  • International course experience: place 19 (#5 in the EU)
  • International students: place 14 (#8 in the EU)
“I’m very pleased with this result, which reflects the efforts we have made to continuously improve our MBA programs.”
Barbara Stöttinger, Dean of the WU Executive Academy

European Business Schools Ranking

Of the 90 top European universities in this year’s ranking, WU came in at place 43. This puts WU in the same league as distinguished institutions like Warwick Business School, Mannheim Business School, Copenhagen Business School, and the Stockholm School of Economics.

QS World University Ranking

The QS World University Ranking includes universities in five disciplines and a total of 40 subjects. The ranking is based on interviews with 120,000 researchers and employers worldwide and the quality of the institutions’ academic papers. In the subject Business & Management, WU was ranked at 45th place, as the only Austrian university among the top 50 business departments. A further success was in the subject Finance & Accounting, where WU was ranked among the top 100 schools worldwide.

Outstanding Teachers