Awards and Distinctions

WU again named CEMS School of the Year


WU has been selected as the CEMS School of the Year for the second time since 2015.

CEMS, the Global Alliance in Management Education, is an association of leading business schools and multinational companies. WU has been awarded this distinction again this year in recognition of its commitment to the network and the outstanding quality of the WU Master’s in International Management/CEMS (MIM) program.

CEMS Chair Gregory Whitwell, dean of the University of Sydney Business School, announced the award, explaining, “WU Vienna has been chosen by the 32 Academic Directors of the member schools to be an outstanding example of excellence, contributing to the global prestige of our Alliance, and giving a shining example of what our community is delivering in terms of academic and administrative distinction.” WU Rector Edeltrad Hanappi-Egger was very pleased to hear that WU has been named CEMS School of the Year for a second time, saying, “This distinction is a great honor, and shows that our commitment is being recognized and that the quality of our programs can compete with the best on the international market.”

In addition, WU Professor Desislava Dikova’s course “Global Strategic Management” was named the CEMS Course of the Year.

CEMS in Austria exclusively at WU

The CEMS flagship Master’s in International Management/CEMS (MIM) program teaches management skills in an international context. Since 2008, it has been available in Austria exclusively at WU and offers a top-quality education. WU’s CEMS MIM program is regularly ranked among the top 10 in international rankings. Within the CEMS network, WU is one of the leading universities and has received numerous awards for its teaching and administration.


WU has been a member of the international network CEMS, previously known as the Community of European Management Schools and International Companies, for over 20 years. Founded in 1988, the CEMS network currently includes 33 international universities, 7 Social Partners (NGOs), and 68 Corporate Partners. The global CEMS network spans from Sydney to Barcelona to Beijing. Over 15,000 CEMS alumni from 108 different nations are currently employed in over 75 countries around the world. The year’s award winners are announced at the CEMS Annual Events, a graduation ceremony held each year at a different CEMS partner school. WU hosted the Events last year, welcoming around 2,800 guests from around the world to Campus WU. In 2020, the Annual Events unfortunately had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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