#12 worldwide in QS Global EMBA Ranking 2019

April 08, 2019

Global Executive MBA moves up again

Like last year, the WU Executive Academy's Global Executive MBA has managed to improve its performance in the recently published QS Global EMBA Ranking: Scoring 74.1 (out of 100 possible) points, the double-degree program, which is offered in collaboration with the Carlson School of Management (USA), has moved up one place in the category “joint MBA programs” (MBA programs delivered jointly by two or more providers). A remarkable achievement that makes the Global Executive MBA the world's number 12. In five of the nine individual categories (e.g. diversity of the student body, career advancement or experience in C-level positions), the program got the maximum score possible.

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The Global Executive MBA improved to 12th place.

In February 2019, WU Vienna was the only Austrian university to make the top 50 in the QS World University Ranking. In the “Social Sciences & Management” section, it came 38th in the field of “Business & Management Studies”. Now, another remarkable success has been achieved in one of the renowned Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings: In the 2019 QS Global EMBA Ranking, the WU Executive Academy's Global Executive MBA ranks 12th in the world (8th in the EU, 4th in Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

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Prof. Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger

  • Rector of WU Vienna

We are absolutely delighted that we have done excellently in yet another QS ranking. This top performance clearly shows WU Vienna offers internationally respected study and training programs that provide further proof that it is one of the world's leading business universities. Such ranking successes help prospective students to both stay on top of the plethora of education providers and separate the wheat from the chaff.

“Joint programs” - in a league of their own

Apart from its university rankings, QS compiles not only a global ranking of the leading MBA programs but also regional rankings for specific parts of the world: These include North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Moreover, there is a worldwide “joint programs” ranking. This is no coincidence as Barbara Stöttinger, Dean of the WU Executive Academy, explains: “QS has created a dedicated category for ‘joint programs’, which makes perfect sense since it is simply impossible to draw valid comparisons between them and their ‘standalone’ counterparts. Generally speaking, the international focus of joint programs is much stronger in terms of their curricula, faculties and students, and this is clearly reflected by the experiences of participants in the course of studying for their MBA degrees.”

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The international orientation of the program is also reflected in the composition of the participants.

The world's #1 in terms of diversity, and maximum points in five individual categories

The QS Global EMBA ranking is based on five main categories - “employer reputation”, “academic reputation”, “career outcomes”, “executive profiles” and “diversity” -  which in turn are made up of nine individual categories.

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Prof. Barbara Stöttinger

  • Dean of the WU Executive Academy

What I am particularly happy about is that in many individual categories that are especially relevant from a student perspective, e.g. diversity, career advancement or C-level experience, we have scored maximum points. Moreover, as number 12 in the world, we are ahead of leading international business schools such as Pacifico Business School/ESADE (PER/ESP/USA) or HKU/Fudan (Hong Kong). And when it comes to diversity in terms of student nationality and to the proportion of female participants, the Global Executive MBA is even the world's best EMBA program.

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