13/11/09

31 MBA students graduate from the University of Louisville

Künzelsau. During a graduation ceremony in the Alma-Würth-Auditorium of the Würth company in Künzelsau on Friday, November 13, 2009, 31 students of the University of Louisville received their certificates of Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Global Business. The students had completed the international program stretching a period of 13 months in both Germany and the United States of America while working full-time in their respective jobs. They were already the 7th intake that had successfully completed the program.

It is not only open to employees of the Würth Group, but to all interested academics with at least three years of professional experience after having received the first final degree. The MBA program is carried out by the renowned University of Louisville (Kentucky, United States) in cooperation with Akademie Würth and Hamburger Fern-Hochschule.

Prof. Dr. Harald Unkelbach, member of the top management of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, Dr. Bruno Lindl, CEO for Reseach & Development at ebm-papst Mulfingen GmbH & Co. KG, Prof. R. Charles Moyer, Dean of the College of Business of the University of Louisville as well as Prof. Bernd Zinkahn, President of Hamburger Fern-Hochschule congratulated the students on their successful graduation.

“One of the key factors of the successful further development of every business are well-trained and qualified employees“, said Prof. Unkelbach in his welcoming speech and is convinced “that the MBA graduates are such outstanding young people”.

Dr. Lindl confirmed Prof. Unkelbach’s statement and particularly addressed the students by adding: “Confronting challenges, pursuing targets with ambition and the determination to successfully complete tasks are the criteria of your personal success in your jobs and in total the guarantee of a business’ success.”

Prof. Zinkahn complimented the 31 MBA graduates: “You belong to the performance elite who, thanks to both professional experience and high academic qualification will contribute to the development of our country into a knowledge-based and service society.” Prof. Moyer remarked: “We are especially proud of the students having completed this program.”

In his speech, Jörg Kruse who graduated at the top of his class emphasized that studying while working full-time was “certainly not a pleasure cruise”. The evening marked the grand finale of the study program characterized by 13 months of intense teamwork, case studies, presentations and exams.

The MBA program

Employees with internationally accredited degrees, experience gathered abroad and excellent English language skills are more in demand than ever in businesses operating on an international level. The MBA program offers an ideal platform. The MBA is awarded by the College of Business of the University of Louisville accredited by the U.S. Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In 2007, the MBA received additional accreditation by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA).

Smooth and trouble-free communication of future top executives with English-speaking business associates all over the world is a given today. This is why the strongly practice-oriented lectures and seminars are only held in English. On top of this the participants spend nearly half their study time in the U.S. This not only promotes their English language skills, but also the intercultural exchange. Regarding the study time in Germany the participants can choose between block instruction or a weekend model at the Bad Mergentheim location.

Courses are attended by students of different fields of study: natural sciences, business administration and humanities. That way, they are always confronted with different methods and approaches. Particularly experienced and practice-oriented professors from Germany and the U.S. as well as practitioners from the field of economics make up the teaching staff of the MBA program. Among these are the entrepreneur Prof. Reinhold Würth and Prof. Dr. Harald Unkelbach, member of the top managemet of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG.

Prof. Bodo Wilmes, the academic director of the MBA program is owner of the foundation professorship at Reinhold-Würth-Hochschule granted by the Chairman of the Advisory Board of ebm-papst Mulfingen GmbH & Co. KG, Gerhard Sturm.

For more detailed information about the MBA program please contact Sabrina Göker at Akademie Würth, phone 07931/916710, e-mail: Sabrina.Goeker@wuerth.com or access the Internet under www.wuerth.de/business-school.