On August 31, the MBA program of WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management started the new term with two new classes and a total of 134 students. WHU thus welcomed the largest MBA class in the program's history.
Of the 134 new MBA students who started at the Düsseldorf campus, 50 are studying for a full-time MBA, of which around 76 percent are international students. A total of 24 nations are represented in the full-time class. Among the 84 new part-time MBA students, 40 percent are international students. In total 23 different nations are represented in the Part-Time class. Together with the students who began their MBA studies in April, WHU welcomed 164 MBA students to the Düsseldorf WHU campus in 2019.
In the afternoon, the official introduction to the program took place, where the new students were officially welcomed by Professor Dr. Jürgen Weigand, Deputy Dean, Professor Dr. Martin Fassnacht, Academic Director of the MBA program, and Gerold Gnau, Director of the MBA program. The start of the MBA program was rounded off by the annual WHU MBA Night, which was attended by 350 guests this year, including new and advanced students, alumni, faculty members, and WHU staff.
The following Monday, the first week of study for MBA students began with the traditional "Future Leaders Fundraising Challenge." The "Future Leaders Fundraising Challenge" is a one-week leadership course that focuses on teaching leadership through practical experience, already touching on some of the MBA program's main topics, and providing students with a sustainable understanding of social responsibility. The students developed strategies for the children's aid organization "Save the Children" and collected the record donation total of 82,121.08 euros in their first week, which they donated to the children's aid organization. The majority of the donations came from social media campaigns and an online donation platform. But they also became active on the streets of Düsseldorf and Cologne and collected over 9,000 euros from passers-by there alone.