06. October 2015

20 years executive, postgraduate MSc program „Engineering Management”


The “Fathers” of Engineering Management after signing the Cooperation Agreement at TU Wien on January 25th,1995. Left to right: Heinz Bernd Matthias (Vice Rector, TUW), Naim A. Kheir (Chairman, OU), Peter Skalicky (Rector, TUW), Mike Polis ( Dean, OU), Peter Kopacek (TUW).

The first idea for a postgraduate Engineering Management MSc program at TU Wien came up in 1992 as a cooperation with the Oakland University in Rochester (MI). The main goal has been to educate managers for SME`s as well as  Department Heads of large companies from the producing industry.

After some discussions and visits a general cooperation agreement between Oakland University and TU Wien was signed on January 25, 1995 in the Rectors office of TU Wien. The main points were an international faculty, a two week stay at Oakland University with lectures and company visits and the participants received a MSc degree in Engineering Management and an Academic record from Oakland University as well as a certificate from TU Wien .

On October 20, 1995 the first program was launched with 11 participants in Austria. The following programs up until 2005 took place in different locations in Lower Austria and Vienna. Since 2007 this program has been running in the frame work of the Continuing Education Center (CEC) of TU Wien. During these past 20 years the topics were continuously adapted to incorporate the latest developments in technology and economics.

Until now there are 134 graduates most of them are currently worldwide in higher management positions in the industry or founded own, successful companies.


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