On October 26, the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program celebrated the solemn graduation of its 20th cohort. At the ceremony at “Kurfürstliches Schloss” in Koblenz 41 graduates received their well-deserved diplomas after two years of intensive studies.
Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU, honored Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Horst Albach and the late Dean of the Kellogg School of Management, Donald J. Jacobs, who launched the joint program as founding fathers twenty years ago. In his very personal speech, Rudolf promoted the continuation of the European Union and the cohesion and commitment of the graduates to common European values and achievements. "A return to the nation states makes us unfree," emphasized Rudolf. "Our future lies in a united Europe."
Greg Hanifee, Associate Dean of the Executive MBA Global Network of the Kellogg School of Management, encouraged the graduates not to see the program's completion as the end, but rather as the starting point for a now beginning professional and social journey full of challenges and personal engagement. "High Impact, Low Ego," was the motto that Hanifee gave to the graduating students.
The commencement speech was given by Oliver Zipse, board member of BMW, who remembered of his own graduation in 1999 when he graduated from the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA program. Thus, he is one of the very first graduates.
Professor Dr. Jürgen Weigand emphasized the significance of the Kellogg Network, which is not only a business relationship, but above all a deep and longstanding friendship. With six Kellogg partner schools and seven locations worldwide, the Kellogg Executive MBA Global Network is the most prestigious of its kind: Kellogg Executive MBA in Evanston-Chicago, Kellogg Executive MBA in Miami, Kellogg-HKUST in Hong Kong, Kellogg-Recanati in Tel Aviv, Kellogg-Schulich in Toronto, and Guanghua-Kellogg in Beijing and Kellogg-WHU in Vallendar. Since its inception, Kellogg-WHU has educated more than 1,000 students and provided them with the skills to become better leaders in the 21st century.
On October 27, WHU honors the twenty-year anniversary of the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA program with around 450 guests: The conference will be attended by top-class guest speakers such as Professor Dr. Ing. Paul Achleitner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank, Bruce Dickinson, Businessman, Entrepreneur, Pilot and singer of the band Iron Maiden, Professor Karl Schmedders, Kellogg School of Management, and Professor Dr. Peter Witt, WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management.