Accreditation & 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.
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.
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.
In 2010, the WU Executive Academy became the first and only Austrian executive education provider to be awarded the international seal of quality by AMBA (Association of MBAs). After the initial accreditation, the WU Executive Academy was reaccredited in 2014 and again in 2019 for another 5 years. Today, the WU Executive Academy is the only Austrian and one few business schools in the German-speaking world to be AMBA accredited.
The WU Executive Academy was ranked among the top 40 Executive MBA programs in 2022 again. Our MBA was particularly convincing in the following areas:
More information on the Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking.
The QS Executive MBA 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 Joint Executive MBA 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 #14 worldwide in 2022 among the joint EMBA programs.
The Economist Executive MBA Ranking: #46 worldwide
More information on the Economist 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.
The MBA programs of the WU Executive Academy were ranked #1 in the Industriemagazin MBA Ranking 2023.
The annual Financial Times European Business School Ranking compares the European MBA, Executive MBA, Master in Management and non-degree programs. The Vienna University of Economics and Business reached rank #43 in 2022. More information on the Financial Times European Business School 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.
In the field of Business & Management Studies, WU is the only Austrian university to be ranked among the top 50 international universities, coming in at 36th place.
The Leadership and Strategy Continuing Education programs of the WU Executive Academy were ranked #1 in the Industriemagazin Ranking 2021.