Vienna-based CEU Executive MBA Welcomes More Than 50 Participants

Vienna, April 24, 2020

The world is in ever greater need of open-minded, innovative and socially conscious business leaders. Central European University’s redesigned Executive MBA has the potential to be a game-changer in the field of business education.

In its first-ever Vienna-based Class of 2022, the EMBA cohort includes more than 50 mid-career participants, from 24 countries and 4 continents. With an average of 14 years of professional experience and 9 years of leadership experience, participants represent a wide variety of executive roles. Within this cohort are leaders across a variety of industries (architectural services, consulting, financial services, medical equipment, manufacturing, media, pharmaceuticals, telco) working for bluechips such as Abbott, Adidas, Airbus, Austrian Post, Bosch, British Telecom, Citi, Deloitte, GE Healthcare, Lufthansa, Morgan Stanley, Raiffeisen Bank, Siemens, Tata Industries, Viacom, and Vodafone. To encourage innovative thinking, and ensure a holistic approach to the strategic challenges of today, some 20% of participants hail from NGO and public-sector backgrounds, including senior executives from the UN, Campaign Against Homophobia, European Jewish Congress, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative, Startup Safari and Swiss Church Aid. Another 15 percent are entrepreneurs working for startups.

Another key element is diversity, and this has been achieved owing to the CEU Executive MBA’s highly competitive value proposition: the possibility of attending a world-class, US-accredited program at one of Europe’s leading research universities for an extraordinarily affordable tuition of 25k euro. Faculty Co-Director, Prof. Maciej Kisilowski explains why this is so important: “Our mission is to educate a wide cross-section of leaders of tomorrow. Especially at this time of acute crisis and uncertainty, our message is simple: qualified leaders can benefit from a transformational, vibrantly international executive MBA program without incurring a mountain of debt.”

As Austrian universities remain closed, the Class of 2022 will start with a special online module called "Strategy in a Crisis”. “Agility is in the DNA of our CEU Executive MBA program design” says Faculty Co-Director, Prof. Yusaf H. Akbar. “We will not permit this crisis to limit the learning opportunities for our Executive MBA participants”. The first module will focus on the social, economic and managerial challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The class will engage with CEU’s leading faculty on topics such as business continuity in a crisis, macroeconomic impacts of COVID19, managing relations with regulators during the pandemic and examining supply chain disruptions.

The Spring Intake
Along with its online kickoff, CEU Executive MBA is announcing a special spring application period that will allow select outstanding candidates to join the Class of 2022. The application deadline is June 15, 2020 and candidates can apply online through the program’s application site. “While our online module is exciting and highly timely, it is not part of our regular curriculum, which begins with our summer module in late August,” says Thomas Lammel, CEU Executive MBA Senior Program Manager. “In the spirit of our EMBA for the Open World, we are warmly inviting mid-career professionals to join us on this very special journey.”

About the Program
Central European University’s Executive MBA is a mid-career management program for professionals with at least eight years of experience, including three years of leadership experience, who want to transform their professional future by moving from operational and functional expertise to positions of strategic leadership. A tailor-made program for working managers, it allows participants to earn a US-accredited MBA degree in just 9 convenient residencies, lasting four to nine days each and scheduled over 25 months to minimize disruption to work and life. More information can be found at the program’s website: