WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management

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WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
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Established 1984
Type Private Business School
Dean Prof. Dr. Michael Frenkel
Academic staff 30 Chairs, 291 Doctoral students, approx. 122 staff
Students 1301 (September 2012)
Location Vallendar, RP, Germany
Campus Vallendar
Study programs

International Business Administration
and Management:
Bachelor of Science
Master of Science
Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Executive MBA
Master of Law and Business
Colors          Blue and White
Website www.whu.edu

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (or WHU Vallendar) is a German business school. The privately financed school was founded in 1984 by the Koblenz chamber of commerce[1] and is located in Vallendar near Koblenz. WHU maintains a network of over 190 partner universities worldwide.

The school's partnership with the Kellogg School of Management, USA has led to the joint Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program being ranked as one of the best EMBA programs in Europe.[2] Its Master of Science in Management program has been ranked 3rd worldwide by the Financial Times in 2013, making WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management the foremost German business school.

Patron and main financier of the business school is the late billionaire and founder of the METRO Cash & Carry Group, Otto Beisheim.

Study programs[edit]

WHU offers the following programs:

Selection Process[edit]

The Selection Process for the undergraduate studies consists of two separate parts. Students are preselected according to their academic achievements or personal achievements and are offered a chance to compete for one of the roughly 200 seats per year at the final selection day. During that day, candidates have to hold presentations, talk to representatives of the private business sector and go through mathematical tests. Top applicants are then offered a place in the Bachelor of Science program. The acceptance rate of those offers ranges around 94%.


The University was ranked best Business School in Germany by Spiegel in a survey 2006. The School is AASCB and EQUIS certified.[4]

It also ranks first in percentage of Alumni earning over $80,000 a year in Germany. 2011, the Masters in Management-Programm of the WHU was ranked 6th globally in the overall rankings by the Financial Times.[5] The University was placed first in starting salary for Masters Students in the same ranking. Known for its excellent Placement amongst Consulting Firms and Investment Banks, the WHU Career Center was ranked first in Germany in a study conducted 2010.

In the Economist 2013 ranking of EMBA-programmes, the joint Kellogg-WHU programme reached the 7th place. [6]


  • Hannes Blum, CEO of AbeBooks Inc. in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Paolo Dell'Antonio, CEO, Mast-Jägermeister AG
  • Dr. Andreas Heine, CEO, Siemens Management Consulting
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lichtenthaler, University of Mannheim
  • Dr. Andreas Nick, Member of Deutscher Bundestag, former Managing Director/Head of M&A, Bankhaus Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie KGaA
  • Dr. Sebastian Klein, CEO, Cominvest
  • Dirk Reich, Executive Vice President Contract Logistics, Kühne + Nagel International AG
  • Dr. Thorsten Reitmeyer, Global Head of Private Banking, Commerzbank AG
  • Oliver Samwer, Founder of Alando (acquired by eBay) and Jamba! (acquired by VeriSign/News Corp.), currently Managing Director of European Founders Fund & Rocket Internet
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Haenlein, ESCP Europe
  • Bernd Schlötterer, Managing Director, Tele-München-Gruppe and Advisor to Fair Observer
  • Giuseppe G. Hanf, CFO, Grin Imp-Exp AG
  • Michael W. Schwetje, Founder and CEO, OnVista AG
  • Margret Suckale, Board Member, Deutsche Bahn AG
  • Prof. Dr. Axel Wieandt, former CEO Hypo Real Estate AG
  • Saygin Yalcin, Founder & CEO, SellAnyCar.com, Partner, Souq.com Group and Jabbar Internet Group
  • Markus Zöllner, Board of directors, Arques Industries AG


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