They range in age, from 24 to 60. They’re successful managers, entrepreneurs, consultants, and scientists. And they always look forward to coming back to their second home in Vallendar. The enthusiasm shown each year by former students of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is something unique across Germany. And, as to be expected, this year’s WHU Alumni Homecoming opened to a packed house—300 seats filled. The summer weather played along, giving all participants a great chance to meet with old friends and comrades, connect with younger graduates, and see how the campus in Vallendar has developed since their time there.
WHU’s graduates stay connected through the efforts of In Praxi, the school’s highly active alumni association. With around 6,900 members to date and 35 regional chapters, In Praxi hosts a variety of events, organized by and for alumni, year-round and all over the globe. Their continued interest in the school’s development and the excellent education it offers future generations can be seen in their generous financial support. Their presence can be felt throughout campus: from the many lecture halls whose seating bears the names of donors, the In Praxi Learning Center (IPC) in D’Esterstrasse, to the Zalando student lounge, named for just one of the many successful start-ups founded by WHU’s graduates.
Homecoming is, however, not the only reason that keeps alumni coming back to Vallendar. Many return to scout new talent for their companies, and, through WHU’s Career Center, offer internships and announce new junior staff positions. Others come to invest in the start-ups founded by the younger generation, holding fast the belief that they will find success as well.