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The WU Executive Academy of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Europe's largest business university, brings more than 100 years of experience and an excellent reputation to the field of executive education and belongs to the top 100 business universities worldwide.

The executive education portfolio of the WU Executive Academy includes MBA and Master of Laws programs, university certificate programs, corporate programs and seminars. In recent years, it has become one of the leading providers in Central and Eastern Europe.

As part of the WU, the WU Executive Academy is EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accredited. EQUIS is an internationally recognized accreditation system offered by the European Foundation of Management. Moreover, the outstanding quality of the MBA programs has been recognized by AMBA (Association of MBAs) awarding its renowned global accreditation.

With this, the WU Executive Academy is one of only two business universities in the German-speaking world to meet the high quality standards of both accreditations.

Current achievements of the WU Executive Academy:

  • Financial Times European Business School Ranking (2012): # 40
  • Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking (2012): # 51 worldwide
  • Personalmagazin Ranking (2013): Among the Top 40 Business Schools worldwide
  • Industrie Magazin MBA Ranking (2012): # 1 with Austrian top executives
  • Ziarul Financial MBA Ranking (2008 - 2012): Among the Top 3 MBAs in Romania

Each year, as many as 900 graduate students and about 1,200 managers, experts and high potentials from over 75 countries study in our executive education programs. At present, residencies and programs are conducted in more than 15 countries on three continents.

Being part of the WU, the WU Executive Academy provides access to the expertise of some 400 faculty members and countless experts in more than 200 partner universities all over the world. The knowledge we provide is of immediate practical relevance and is kept up-to-date through our scientific research capabilities.

The faculty of the WU Executive Academy consists of both internationally renowned professors and top executives. Together, they provide the latest scientifically-based knowledge and in-depth views of state-of-the-art applications of management models.

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Great Location

Austria - In the heart of Europe

Austria belongs to Europe's most desired destinations, renowned for its history, culture, architecture and hospitality. For centuries, it has been home to the world's finest artists, composers, scientists and leading economists. It is a small but wildly diverse country that offers numerous cultural, leisure and business activities and impresses with its lively cities, breathtaking landscape, culinary diversity and exceptional wines.


Vienna, the historical capital of the Habsburg monarchy for over six centuries, is a vibrant and exciting place to live and study and is an impressive repository of culture and heritage. According to the Economist, it is the third most livable city in the world due to its exceptional safety records, education quality, recreation possibilities and political-economic stability.
Vienna offers a perfect blend of imperial traditions, nostalgic charm and stunning modern architecture. A walk along the Ringstrasse boulevard with its splendid buildings and historical palaces is an indescribable experience. Vienna is home to one of the world's leading opera houses and is internationally acclaimed for its cultural and social events such as the New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonics and numerous balls. After visiting some of Europe's finest museums, traditional cafés are a good place to relax and experience the typical Viennese charm.

Exclusive Learning Environment

Most modules of our MBA programs take place at the historical halls of Palais Schönborn. Located at the very center of Vienna, it is only 30 minutes away from the Vienna International Airport and meets the highest international standards of executive education requirements. Palais Schönborn provides state-of-the-art technology, combining modern didactic design with a unique historical atmosphere. Moreover, Palais Schönborn is home to the Museum of Young Art (MOYA), the first museum exclusively dedicated to Young Art.

Home of International Companies and Organizations

Vienna's geographical position in the heart of Europe makes it a multicultural metropolis and an important site for international companies and organizations. This is why many multinational companies like Alcatel, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Henkel, Beiersdorf and Siemens have located their CEE headquarters in Vienna. Moreover, the Austrian capital is home to various UN agencies such as the Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The headquarters of OPEC and OSCE are also located in Vienna.

Gateway to Europe and the Middle East

The Vienna International Airport (VIE) is a major hub for all of Europe and the Middle East, in particular the CEE region, covering over 40 destinations. For commuting students, Vienna is the ideal location to study as it can be easily accessed by plane from many European cities within less than 2 hours.

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    • Augasse 2-6
    • 1090 Vienna, Austria
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    • Augasse 2-6
    • 1090 Vienna, Austria
    • Oostenrijk
  • Bodo B. Schlegelmilch, Ph.D., D.Litt., Ph.D.(hon)
    Bodo B. Schlegelmilch, Ph.D., D.Litt., Ph.D.(hon)
  • Dr. Astrid Kleinhanns
    Dr. Astrid Kleinhanns
  • Paul Kospach, MA
    Paul Kospach, MA
  • Verena Hergel, MBA
    Verena Hergel, MBA
Dkfm. Dr. Claus J. Raidl about WU Executive Academy

“Leadership skills are the key factors for the success or failure of an organization. The more one invests in additional education and knowledge building, the higher is the chance to advance in the personal career. The WU Executive Academy supports you with international, high quality programmes customized to the individual needs training students to become excellent executives.”

Dkfm. Dr. Claus J. Raidl (CEO), Böhler-Uddeholm AG
Dr. Christoph Leitl about WU Executive Academy

“In a globally interconnected economy, we need individuals who think and act in a global and innovative way when it comes to fulfilling their assignments within the company. In this connection, the Executive Academy of the Vienna University of Economics and Business’ globally recognized competences in international management, and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber’s decades of experience in export industry open new perspectives. Both of these approaches and levels of experience are combined within the ‘Schumpeter Programs’. The result is programs of study which best take into account the current challenges in the global competition.”

Dr. Christoph Leitl (President), Austrian Federal Economic Chamber