Newsletter of the WU Executive Academy – Vienna University of Economics and Business

Dear readers,

As of October 1, 2015, Prof. Barbara Stöttinger is the new Dean of the WU Executive Academy, taking over this position from the founding Dean of the WU Executive Academy, Prof. Bodo B. Schlegelmilch.  
Read here how the acclaimed marketing expert plans to continue the exceptional success story of the past and what her strategic plans for the future are.

Welcome, Barbara Stöttinger!

Thanks to the AACSB accreditation, the MBA programs of the WU Executive Academy are now “triple crown accredited.” Apart from WU, only 72 business universities worldwide meet the strict quality standards of all three accreditation agencies. To find out what this means for you as students or alumni, please explore in this article of our newsletter.

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Your WU Executive Academy Team


Barbara Stöttinger is the new Dean of the WU Executive Academy

As of October 1, 2015, Prof. Barbara Stöttinger is the new Dean of the WU Executive Academy. Prof. Stöttinger takes over from the founding Dean, Prof. Bodo B. Schlegelmilch, and plans to strengthen the WU Executive Academy’s position on the international MBA market even more. She has been a Program Director at WU Executive Academy since 2007, is the recipient of numerous international distinctions, and has gained comprehensive experience in business during her career.

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Reinhard Rengshausen, Managing Director at Verbund GETECH Energiecontracting GmbH

Reinhard Rengshausen appreciates the excellent relationship with his customers, which may be the reason why he and his team at Verbund GETECH have been extremely successful in selling new products in recent years. In this career story, Reinhard talks about what he found particularly valuable during his MBA and what leadership means to him as a team leader. Also, he reveals which memorable experience made him realize what really matters in life.

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“Triple crown accreditation” for the WU Executive Academy

Following accreditation by EQUIS and AMBA, the MBA programs of the WU Executive Academy now also have the rare privilege of holding the AACSB hallmark of excellence. Apart from WU, only 72 business universities worldwide, and in the German-speaking world only one, meet the strict quality standards of all three accreditation agencies.

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New: Executive MBA Bucharest will start and end in Vienna

Vienna is about to play an even greater role during the Executive MBA Bucharest: As of the program's next start in November, students will not only come to Vienna for its final module and the graduation, but they will also gather at the WU Executive Academy to kick off their MBA. As a result of this innovation, program participants will feel a true sense of belonging to the WU Executive Academy from the first day of the Executive MBA Bucharest to the very last day.

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Welcome to the job market of the future

"The world as we know it does not exist anymore. Professionals and companies who do not realize this and can't adapt to the new reality call it 'crisis'," says Sandra Bichl. An alternative is to observe this supposed crisis as a change which can be navigated. To help maintain an overview, the career expert from our Executive Search partner Career Angels paints a comprehensive picture of the rapidly changing job market and provides motivational forecasts for the future.

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Global Executive MBA: Apply now for a scholarship!

Together with the Austrian daily Die Presse and the Russian business newspaper Vedomosti we are again jointly awarding partial scholarships for the start of the Global Executive MBA in April 2016. Don’t miss this opportunity and apply now.

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Applying the easy way

CV, letter of motivation, certificates, recommendation letters – there is a long list of requirements that one needs to fulfil when applying for an MBA. In this issue, Konstantin Kasapis, Managing Director at SLOPELIFT PM Media GmbH and Global Executive MBA alumnus, has a clever tip: Thanks to user-friendly online application tools, which many business schools offer nowadays, future students can submit their applications step-by-step and get valuable support from the program manager throughout the entire application process.

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Innovation management as the key to success in times of crisis

On the occasion of our WU Executive Insights series on September 17, 2015, Nicholas Kondoprias, Director of the Herakleidon Museums in Athens, held a stirring guest speech. In his talk, he explained how innovation management helped him rescue his museum in the midst of the economic crisis, while fostering the artistic and academic potential of his country at the same time.

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How to deal with contact requests the right way

A large number of connections increases your LinkedIn profile visibility drastically, as long as they regularly like or share your status updates. Does that mean one should accept every connection request? Online-marketing expert Ritchie Pettauer has the answers to that question in this issue of our LinkedIn series.

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40 exclusive events per year

From career workshops to the alumni summer party to events featuring distinguished speakers: The WU Executive Academy hosts no less than 40 events each year for MBA and Master of Laws Alumni and students. Until the turn of the year, participants still have many opportunities to celebrate, network or train their business skills – so it definitely pays off to keep one’s event calendar up-to-date!

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Upcoming Events:
Online Global Executive MBA Info-Session Oct. 12
Access MBA Fair St. Petersburg Oct. 13
Access MBA Fair Moscow Oct. 15
Congress Worldwide Market Leader in Austria Oct. 14 - 15
Access MBA Fair Sofia Nov. 9
Access MBA Fair Belgrade Nov. 12
Access MBA Fair Bucharest Nov. 14
Access MBA Fair Budapest Nov. 21
All Events

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions, suggestions or feedback.

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Barbara Stöttinger, Dean
Dr. Astrid Kleinhanns-Rollé, Managing Director
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