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WU achieves first-ever top ten spot in FT ranking

WU has achieved a sensational result in the annual ranking of the world’s best degree programs in management. It climbed five places and secured its best result ever since joining the Masters in Management Ranking, issued by the renowned business daily Financial Times. Coming in on place eight, WU for the first time made it among the top ten of the list, which was expanded to a total of 90 institutions ranked this year.

With its Eng­lish-taught Mas­ter’s Pro­gram in In­ter­na­tional Man­age­ment, WU has cata­pul­ted up in the 2016 Mas­ters in Man­age­ment Rank­ing, is­sued by the well-­known busi­ness news­pa­per Fin­an­cial Times. Com­ing in on place eight, WU achieved its first-ever top ten spot in this rank­ing. The pro­gram is tar­geted at stu­dents from all around the world, of­fer­ing them not only an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned edu­ca­tion in man­age­ment, but also op­por­tun­it­ies to spend an ex­change semester abroad at pres­ti­gi­ous part­ner uni­versit­ies, gain pro­fes­sional ex­per­i­ence dur­ing an in­ter­na­tional in­tern­ship, and es­tab­lish con­tacts with lead­ing com­pan­ies even be­fore gradu­at­ing from the pro­gram.

WU ranked as second best uni­versity in the Ger­man-speak­ing area

This out­stand­ing res­ult puts WU in the same league as pres­ti­gi­ous in­sti­tu­tions like the Lon­don Busi­ness School, ESADE Busi­ness School, and Boc­coni Uni­versity, with the last two in­sti­tu­tions now rank­ing below WU. WU is ranked as the second best uni­versity in the entire Ger­man-speak­ing area, after Switzer­land’s Uni­versity of St. Gal­len, which holds the top spot in the rank­ing. “Achiev­ing such an ex­cel­lent res­ult in this pres­ti­gi­ous rank­ing is a sen­sa­tional suc­cess for WU. I’m proud that with our Mas­ter’s in In­ter­na­tional Man­age­ment, we can of­fer our stu­dents one of the top man­age­ment pro­grams in Europe. This suc­cess also comes as a pos­it­ive sig­nal for Aus­tria as whole. We’ve shown that it’s possible to achieve ex­cel­lent res­ults in in­ter­na­tional rank­ings,” says WU Rector Edel­traud Hanap­pi-Eg­ger.

In­ter­na­tional ex­per­i­ence and ex­cel­lent ca­reer pro­spects with the Mas­ter’s Pro­gram in In­ter­na­tional Man­age­ment

As in pre­vi­ous years, the 2016 FT rank­ing is again based on 16 dif­fer­ently weighted cri­teria in three cat­egor­ies: alumni ca­reer pro­gress, di­versity (per­cent­ages of fe­male and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents and per­son­nel), and in­ter­na­tional ex­pos­ure and re­search. 94% of gradu­ates found em­ploy­ment within three months of gradu­ation. They praised the high ex­tent to which they had achieved their aims. WU also ex­celled with its broad range of for­eign lan­guage courses, its in­ter­na­tional en­vir­on­ment, and the nu­mer­ous op­por­tun­it­ies it of­fers its stu­dents to gain in­ter­na­tional ex­per­i­ence – WU is on place one world­wide in the cat­egory “in­ter­na­tional course ex­per­i­ence.” This strong in­ter­na­tional ori­ent­a­tion also trans­lates into high levels of ca­reer mobil­ity among gradu­ates and bet­ter ca­reer pro­spects in lar­ger com­pan­ies. The FT rank­ing is based on data from an alumni sur­vey and fig­ures provided by the schools.

The top three re­main un­changed from last year and the year be­fore: Switzer­land’s Uni­versity of St. Gal­len is on place one, fol­lowed by France’s HEC Paris and ESSEC Busi­ness School.

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