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Thursday, May 31, 2012

A vision becomes reality – WHU campus Dusseldorf entering the final strait

The ground is shaking at the former industrial estate “Schwanenhöfe” in Dusseldorf Flingern. Heavy machinery is being used to transform the unused brick factory building into a modern place for economics, service and science. The sprawling site is teeming with construction workers, excavators and cranes – a euphoric sense of a new beginning can be felt on every corner. With a little imagination, one can see that in a few months this area will be a lively and busy hub of economic and cultural life. The Part-time MBA and the Executive Education team are already located in a temporary building on site and are therefore experiencing the upheaval pretty close up: “It is fascinating to see how fast such a reconstruction can take place and to experience the construction process,” said Rebecca Winkelmann, Managing Director Executive Education. It is expected that the new Part-time MBA class will hold its classes in the new facilities in September 2012.

The construction process is not only being experienced by WHU employees but also by friends, sponsors and networking partners. During site inspections, they have been able to monitor progress at the new WHU campus Dusseldorf. “We are pretty excited about the events and programs which WHU will be offering on this campus – first impressions of the new building are very promising,” stated Dr. Reinhard Berndt, a partner at KPMG AG in Düsseldorf, who is responsible for the area of non-profit organizations and foundations. “When I began my studies at WHU in Vallendar, the concrete base of the Burgplatz had just been cast,” said Harry Schmitz, who studied at WHU during its pioneering phase. “The visible emergence of the campus gave us a feeling of being part of the construction process. I believe that for me as an alumnus, as well as for all future students, the new Dusseldorf campus is a great opportunity to further develop WHU.”

With its new WHU campus Dusseldorf, WHU is creating a competence center for extra-occupational talent development, where the Part-time MBA and executive programs, as well as various events, conferences and networking meetings, will take place. And, at the pulse of the business world, it should make its mark on Dusseldorf’s economic and scientific activities. The opening will take place in late summer 2012.