Didactics at WHU

Learning Characteristics

WHU is committed to excellence in management education. Study programs at WHU combine high quality research results with practical relevance for the business world. Teaching is focused on practice-oriented work whenever possible: thus, case studies and practical projects are frequently used in class in order to foster the application of theoretical concepts. Moreover, group work is intensively used in teaching in order to encourage student interaction, communication, and teamwork skills. Both an entrepreneurial attitude as well as responsible leadership are strongly encouraged and supported in the curricula and by the WHU community. WHU highly values the personal development of each individual. Students are challenged to reflect on their soft and leadership skills and to work on their personal development. As a result, WHU aims to make a high-quality intellectual contribution to both academia and the business world.

Learning Environment

WHU's learning environment is characterized by student-centered learning methods. These methods ask the student to take an active role by formulating questions, solving problems, discuss, debate, brainstorm and explain during class. Thus, lectures at WHU are characterized by intensive faculty-student interaction, which is enabled by small class sizes and low student-teacher ratios in all programs. Students learn how to cooperate and work in international teams, under conditions assuring both positive interdependence and individual accountability. The learning environment is highly international: students are coming from all over the world and 25% of the faculty is non-German. Furthermore, students have access to excellent 24/7 study facilities. Lecture halls and study rooms are equipped with modern technologies. The library holds around 45.000 books and 185 journals in hard cover and another 6.000 books and 68.000 journals are available via digital databases.

Learning & Technology

New technologies should support the learning process and not become a goal in itself. WHU defines two areas in which technology improves learning and teaching: interaction and transmission.

  • Interaction: For learning interactions, WHU uses Moodle, the world's widely used learning management system. Moodle is used for providing course material, letting students upload assignments, and administering online quizzes.
  • Transmission: WHU uses videos as a supportive vehicle to transmit information. The School has an on-campus video room and uses Kaltura as a media management system for video content. Kaltura provides a single cloud-based repository for web videos, Moodle videos, WHU corporate YouTube channel, etc.

Lifelong Learning

WHU offers excellent study opportunities for people of any age and with a diversity of work experience. Next to the undergraduate (BSc in International Business Administration) and graduate programs (MSc in Management and MSc in Finance), WHU offers full time and part time MBA programs, an Executive MBA program and Executive Education. This way, WHU contributes and supports lifelong learning experiences. For more information on the WHU study programs.

Quality Assurance

WHU currently holds national (FIBAA Systemakkreditierung) and high profile international accreditations (AACSB and EQUIS). Accreditation is a quality assurance process in which the school and its programs are evaluated by an external institution to determine whether applicable standards are met. Besides external quality assurance, WHU also implemented several internal quality monitoring mechanisms, such as:

  • 'Assurance of Learning' (AOL) assures that learning objectives are met: student learning is continuously being monitored and assessed in order to assure continuous improvement of curricula.
  • WHU has its own Instructor Evaluation System (DOBES) which allows every student to evaluate their instructors at the end of every course.
  • In addition, student feedback is collected on several occasions: in the bi-weekly jour fixe of student representatives and the Dean, in annual feedback meetings between the students and the Academic Director of the respective program, and in exit surveys that are filled out by the graduates of each program at the end of their course of study.