October 11, 2010

Congratulations to our 14 new innovation experts!

Graduation of the third class of the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The graduates of class 2008 - 2010 with Prof. Franke, Prof. Köszegi and the Program Managers

On October 1, 2010 the Graduation Ceremony of the third class of the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation and three other PMBA specializations took place at the Palais Liechtenstein.

In his welcome address Prof. Bodo B. Schlegelmilch, Ph.D., D.Litt., Dean of the WU Executive Academy, said that this was not only a special event to be celebrated but also an occasion for reflection. He pointed out that the graduates of the PMBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation had earned degrees from two reputable universities – TU Wien and WU Wien – that are among the best in their respective fields in Europe. Prof. Schlegelmilch ended by saying that the graduation was not just the completion of an MBA Program but also a starting point for lifelong learning and a continuing relationship between the graduates and the universities.

The keynote speech was delivered by Mag. Jochen Borenich, MBA, member of the Executive Board of Kapsch BusinessCom AG. He told the audience that attending an MBA program had changed his life significantly. According to him it means a huge investment but it absolutely pays off in terms of the acquired tool set and network.

In the main part of the graduation ceremony Prof. Schlegelmilch introduced the Academic Vow. Then the Master of Ceremonies asked each candidate to step towards the scepter, to put the fingers of vow on it and to take the vow by saying “spondeo”. After that the Academic Directors Univ.Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and Univ.Prof. Dr. Sabine T. Köszegi presented the graduates of the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation class 2008 – 2010 with the MBA diplomas. We congratulate our alumni:

Martin Atassi, MBA
Johann Bachmayer, MBA
Thomas Brandl, MBA
Ramtin  Ghasemipour-Yazdi, MBA
Karun Haschemi, MBA
Andrea Häußermann, MBA
Christoph Honegger, MBA
Sridhar Narini, MBA
Günter  Rappan, MBA
Johannes Reitermayer, MBA
Manfred Ritter, MBA
Attila Roman, MBA
Ursula Susanne Schüssling, MBA
Ting Wasner Lian, MBA

Following the conferment of the MBA diplomas Mag. Borenich honored the best faculty members of each specialization. The Teaching Award for Excellency for the PMBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation was awarded to Prof. Robert D. Hisrich, Ph.D., Garvin Professor of Global Entrepreneurship and Director, Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship, Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Mag. Harald Kröger delivered the valedictories on behalf of the 45 alumni and looked back on huge efforts during this in-depth program. He stressed that the contents were always anchored to bottom line items and that he has been able to multiply his professional experience within the last two years. He thanked all the families, friends and companies for their understanding and continuous support during the MBA program. Mag. Kröger finished by emphasizing that an MBA is much, much more than just three letters.

In his closing remarks on behalf of the Academic Directors Univ.Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke also underlined the big achievements of the alumni which they can be very proud of. He compared attending an MBA program to conquering a mountain: For both endeavors one needs strong skills, considerable professional experience, a strong will and a strong team. Prof. Franke also thanked everybody for supporting the graduates during these two years and especially pointed out the Program Managers. Finally he invited the alumni to stay in contact with the universities and to communicate the value of the program.

After the closing of the official ceremony the graduates celebrated with their families and friends and the guests of honor. We wish them all the very best!

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