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On September 2nd, the MBA Program at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management started with two new classes into the new semester. 44 Part-Time and 34 Full-Time MBA students started their studies on Campus Düsseldorf. 15 of the 44 Part-Time MBA students are female, 15 of them are international students from nine different countries. The Full-Time MBA consists of twelve women and 27 international students coming from twelve different countries.
In the afternoon an official introduction to the program took place, where the new students were officially welcomed by Professor Dr. Jürgen Weigand, Deputy Dean, and Gerold Gnau, Program Director MBA. Then the students were introduced to the Entrepreneurship Round Table and to the first week of their studies, the “Future Leaders Fundraising Challenge.” The “Future Leaders Fundraising Challenge” is a one-week leadership course at the outset of WHU’s MBA program that is designed to teach leadership through experience, to preview topics covered throughout the MBA program, and instill in students a lasting sense for leaders’ social responsibility beyond their organizations. More information on this can be found here.
Parallel to the official introduction to the program, representatives of the Program Management, the Career Center, and the Alumni conducted the first “MBA Alumni Workshop.” During an intensive exchange of ideas former participants of the MBA program gave feedback to the program, based on their work experiences after their studies at WHU. The results shall flow into further development of the program, the career services, and the alumni relationship management.
The MBA program start was rounded off by the meanwhile traditional WHU MBA Night. This year 250 guests celebrated and networked together, among them already advanced batches and the new batches, numerous MBA alumni from different classes as well as faculty and staff members.