Academic Standards

First Class Continuing Education

The WU Executive Academy is the top name for post-experience and continuing education for managers focusing on the Austrian and Central and Eastern European market. 2016 saw the Executive Academy further strengthening its excellent reputation as an innovative and practically oriented continuing education provider.

The demand for high-quality executive education continues to grow. The WU Executive Academy, with its excellent portfolio of MBA and Master of Laws programs, its BBA (Diplom BetriebswirtInWU) program, university certificate programs, and custom and open programs, is one of the top providers in this sector in Austria and the CEE region; in 2016, over 2,000 managers from more than 50 countries around the world participated in one of its programs.

Globally Recognized Quality

In the 2016 Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking, the most important MBA ranking of the year, the WU Executive Academy’s Global Executive MBA maintained its excellent position at 44th place of the 50 best MBA programs worldwide. Among EU MBA programs, this puts the Global Executive MBA at 14th place, and an outstanding third place in the German-speaking region. In addition, the program placed extremely well in several other important categories.

The Executive MBA Bucharest was again named one of the best MBA programs in Romania by the leading Romanian daily newspaper Ziarul Financiar.

New Programs

Certified Insolvency Law Expert

Insolvency law is becoming increasingly important in today’s economy. In traditional legal and business administration programs, however, it is usually given only a brief overview or left out entirely. The newly developed Certified Insolvency Law Expert program aims to react to the increased demands in this area and impart well-founded skills and knowledge in the field of restructuring and bankruptcy to its students. Under Academic Director Georg Kodek, participants have the opportunity to advance their specialist knowledge in law, management, accounting, and balance sheets, and to develop real-life strategies for dealing with restructuring cases.

Global Innovation Expert

Do people in different regions deal with innovation differently? How do local economic and cultural conditions affect future developments? Why do some factors encourage innovative potential in some regions but discourage it in others? The new Global Innovation Expert certificate program aims to answer these questions.

2016 Highlights

Ten-Year Anniversary of Executive MBA Bucharest

Ever since the launch of the Executive MBA Bucharest, an initiative of OMV/Petrom, Erste Bank/BCR, and the WU Executive Academy ten years ago, the program has established itself on the Romanian education market like no other. Current participants, alumni, cooperation partners, and leading media representatives came to Bucharest for the program’s 10th anniversary on May 31, 2017, to celebrate the exemplary success story of the Executive MBA Bucharest.

Regional and International Success

In addition to MBA and Master of Laws programs, its BBA (Diplom BetriebswirtInWU) program, and university certificate programs, planning custom management training programs for companies is one of the WU Executive Academy’s core activities. In 2016, custom-tailored programs were developed for the following partners: Henkel CEE, T-Mobile, Schönherr, DB Schenker, Erste Group Bank, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Boehringer Ingelheim, Wiener Städtische, Österreichische Sparkassen, the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA), the Austrian central bank (OeNB), and the Federal Ministry of Justice.

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