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. Markus Rudolf
Academic staff
38 Chairs, 271 Doctoral students, approx. 154 staff
Students 1302 (September 2014)
Location Vallendar, RP, Germany
Campus Vallendar and Düsseldorf
Study programs

International Business Administration
and Management:
Bachelor in International Business Administration (BSc)
Master in Management (MSc)
Master in Finance (MSc)
Full-Time MBA
Part-Time MBA

Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA
Colors          Blue and White
Website www.whu.edu

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (or WHU Vallendar) is a German business school. The mainly 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 which is ranked as one of the best EMBA programs in Europe.[2] Its Master of Science in Management program has been ranked 4th worldwide by the Financial Times in 2014, 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 School is FIBAA, AASCB and EQUIS certified.[3] Its Master in Management Program ranked 4th worldwide and 1st in Germany according to the Financial Times Master in Management Ranking 2014. [4] The joing Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program made 1st place in Germany and 22nd worldwide in the Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2014. [5] Furthermore, WHU was placed 4th in Germany and 34th in Europe in the overall Financial Times Business School Ranking 2014. [6] According to the QS Global 200 MBA Ranking 2014/2015, WHU ranked 3rd in Germany and 33rd in Europe. [7] In the Economist 2013 ranking of EMBA-programmes, the joint Kellogg-WHU EMBA Program reached 3rd place in Germany. [8]


  • 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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