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Innovative Executive Education

The WU Executive Academy is a leading provider of management education for executives and high-potential employees from Austria and Central and Eastern Europe.

There is an increasing demand for high-quality training and further education for managers. The WU Executive Academy is one of the top providers in Central Europe thanks to its outstanding range of MBA and Master of Laws programs, the “Diplom BetriebswirtInWU” BBA program, its university certificate courses, and its short and custom programs: In 2019, over 2,400 executives from over 75 countries were enrolled in WU Executive Academy programs.

New and innovative programs

Understanding technology and business

Blockchain technology is changing our economy in unprecedented ways. The WU Executive Academy’s new short program “Blockchain Transforming Business” combines both technology and business administration. In this 4-day program, participants learn about blockchain technology from both technological and business perspectives and how to recognize ways in which this new technology can benefit their own companies.

Learning agility in 4 weeks

Das 2019 gestartete 4-wöchige Onlineprogramm sorgt dafür, dass Führungskräfte und Unternehmen völlig neue Wege gehen: In dem innovativen Kurs, bei dem die Teilnehmer/innen zeit- und ortsunabhängig in ihrem eigenen Tempo lernen können, erfahren sie alles darüber, wie agile Unternehmen funktionieren und wie sie selbst mit dem entsprechenden Mindset ihre Organisationen agil gestalten können.

Digital Transformation & Data Science

The 4-week online program in Agile Leadership launched in 2019 shows managers and companies completely new ways to lead: The innovative program allows participants to learn, experience, and try out the new input at their own pace, whenever and wherever they choose. The program focuses on how agile organizations work and how organizations can develop an agile mindset.

“In developing the program, we were particularly interested in providing managers with the core skills that will determine success or failure in the future: In addition to the focus on digital transformation and data science, participants have a choice of electives on topics like strategy, disruption, blockchain, or organizational design.”
WU Executive Academy Dean Barbara Stöttinger

20 years of the Global Executive MBA

An Austrian-American success story celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019: When the Global Executive MBA was launched 20 years ago, it was one Austria’s first executive MBA programs, and MBA degrees were still fairly uncommon, even outside of Austria. Today, the Global Executive MBA is triple accredited (AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS) and ranks among the 50 best MBA programs in the world.

Nationally and internationally successful

The WU Executive Academy presented its innovative programs at trade fairs in 11 countries (Austria, Germany, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Russia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan) in 2019, recruiting about 1,100 new participants for all its programs in the process.

The development of management programs is one of the WU Executive Academy’s core activities. With a finger on the pulse of the times, it addresses topics that help companies master today’s challenges. In 2019, customized corporate programs were developed for a number of prominent companies, including: Porsche Holding, Raiffeisenbank International, Erste Group Bank, Unicredit, HDI Austria, Fonds Soziales Wien, Talanx AG, OeNb and FMA, Österreichische Post, Berndorf AG, Boehringer Ingelheim, Kapsch AG, Verkehrsbüro Group, ProSiebenSat1Puls4, Der Standard, the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW), and Compamedia.

Since the fall of 2019, an in-house MBA course offered by the WU Executive Academy has been helping to prepare the Porsche Holding’s top talents for the rapid changes happening in the automotive industry and for new concepts in global mobility.

WU EA Community Engagement

The WU Executive Academy further expanded and internationalized its community engagement activities in 2019. These efforts are intended to provide the best possible support for the professional and personal development of students and graduates. The EA community currently has close to 4,500 members from 85 countries and includes highly qualified and highly educated managers, executives, and experts who meet regularly at over 40 events, continuing education programs, and networking events each year to socialize and exchange ideas.

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