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Accreditations & rankings

The Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) – Europe’s leading business university – brings more than 100 years of experience and an excellent reputation to the field of executive education.

Faculty members and experts are drawn from more than 240 universities and from leading corporations worldwide. This is one of the reasons why we are triple-accredited and ranked in numerous business school and MBA rankings.

    • AACSB Accreditation

      As part of WU, the WU Executive Academy is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Alongside AMBA and EQUIS, AACSB is among the most important accreditations for business schools worldwide, standing out for an extraordinary commitment to quality and continual improvement, as well as a strict and cohesive evaluation procedure.  

    • EQUIS Accreditation

      The WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) was the first Austrian university to undergo and successfully complete the international accreditation procedure resulting in the award of the EQUIS seal of quality (European Quality Improvement System) in 2007.

      The accreditation was confirmed in 2010 for another 3 years. In 2013 and 2018, the WU – including, of course, the WU Executive Academy – has received the EQUIS hallmark of excellence for 5 years, the maximum period possible. This makes the WU Executive Academy one of only 3 top providers of MBA programs in the German-speaking world to be EQUIS accredited for the maximum 5-year period.

    • AMBA Accreditation

      In 2010, the WU Executive Academy became the first and only Austrian MBA provider to be awarded the international seal of quality by AMBA (Association of MBAs). The WU Executive Academy is one of only five business schools in the German-speaking world to be AMBA accredited - and one of only two to satisfy the high quality criteria of both EQUIS and AMBA.

    • Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking

      The WU Executive Academy was again ranked among the top 50 Executive MBA programs in 2019. Our MBA was particularly convincing in the following areas:

      • Overall
        • #48 worldwide
        • #12 in EU
        • #4 in DACH
      • Participants' work experience
        • #9 worldwide
        • #3 in EU
        • #1 in DACH
      • International course experience
        • #13 worldwide
        • #3 in EU
        • #1 in DACH

      More information on the Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking.

    • Ivy Exec Joint Executive MBA Ranking

      After reviewing over 300 Executive MBA programs, the Global Executive MBA was ranked #13 worldwide in the survey of the 2018 best Joint Executive MBA programs based on reputation, career advancement, curriculum, life balance and globality.

      More information on the Ivy Exec Joint Executive MBA Ranking.

    • Ziarul Financiar MBA Ranking

      For the second time in a row, Romania’s most prestigious financial newspaper, „Ziarul Financiar” (ZF), ranks the WU Executive Academy’s Executive MBA program in Romania No. 1 in the most important MBA survey of the year 2015.

      • #1 Quality of the modules
      • #1 International component
      • #1 Personal development
      • #1 Quality of logistics
    • QS Global EMBA Ranking

      The QS Global EMBA Ranking  focuses on a program’s global reputation for employability and thought leadership/research strength. It also consider the career outcomes of an EMBA graduate as well as the executive profile, experience and level of diversity found among participants in an EMBA class.

      The QS Global Joint EMBA Rankings encompass programs offered in partnership between two or more business schools and invariably see participants study in multiple locations.

      The Global Executive MBA of the WU Executive Academy was listed #12 worldwide in 2019 among the joint EMBA programs. In the category "Diversity" the Global Executive MBA was ranked #1 worldwide and in the category "Executive Profiles" #5 worldwide.

    • QS World University Ranking

      The QS World University Rankings by Subject highlights the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas. Published annually since 2011, the rankings are based on academic reputation and research impact. 

      The WU Vienna's Master in Management program was listed #17 in 2018.

    • Handelsblatt Business Administration Ranking

      The WU Vienna is ranked 4th in the research ranking of the German Handelsblatt for business administration in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. 12 WU researcher have also been honored in the category "lifetime achievement".

      More information on the Handelsblatt Ranking (2014).

    • Personalmagazin Ranking

      The German Personalmagazin included the WU Executive in their list of 40 best business schools worldwide (2013).

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