On October 25, the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program celebrated the festive graduation of its 21st class. At the ceremony in the Kurfürstliches Schloss in Koblenz, 41 graduates, of whom 22 percent were women and 69 percent international students, received their well-deserved diplomas.
In his speech, Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU, honored the former Dean of the Kellogg School of Management, Donald P. Jacobs, who together with Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Horst Albach initiated the program over twenty years ago. In his speech, Rudolf reflected on the development of this Kellogg-WHU partnership, which each year manages to educate highly qualified and internationally trained executives. He wished the EMBA Class of 2019 to take the spirit from Vallendar with them into the world and to face their future courageously and with commitment.
Greg Hanifee, Associate Dean of the Executive MBA Global Network of the Kellogg School of Management, encouraged the graduates to take action. With the words "Knowing is not enough, now is the time to apply what you have learned," he sent the class into their new professional phase.
President of BITKOM, Achim Berg, who looked back on his career and shared his teachings with the graduates, gave the keynote speech. For him, leadership, focus, and passion were the most important drivers of success.
Professor Dr. Jürgen Weigand, Deputy Dean of WHU and Academic Director of the Executive MBA Program, emphasized the importance of the Kellogg-WHU network, which is not only a business relationship but above all a deep and long-standing friendship. With six Kellogg partner schools and seven locations worldwide, the Kellogg Executive MBA Global Network is the most renowned 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 as well as Kellogg-WHU in Vallendar. Since its inception, Kellogg-WHU has trained more than 1,000 students and equipped them with the skills to become better leaders in the 21st century.