October 18th 2021

MCI receives two premium seals again

High quality standards clearly exceeded in international accreditation procedures | Double award from FIBAA for "Institutional Audit" and "Strategic Management Accreditation”

Both premium seals were awarded in the festive setting of MCI's gradution celebration. ©MCI_Klaus Maislinger
Both premium seals were awarded in the festive setting of MCI's gradution celebration. Deputy Head of the MCI University Board Claudia Mössenlechner, Head of MCI Quality Management Brigitte Auer, MCI Rector Andreas Altmann, Member of the Tyrolean Government for Science and Health and Chair of the MCI General Assembly Annette Leja, Section Head Elmar Pichl, Head of the Science Section in the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, FIBAA Commission Chair Jürgen Weigand and FIBAA Executive Director Diane Freiberger (from left to right). ©MCI_Klaus Meislinger.©MCI_Klaus Maislinger

MCI | The Entrepreneurial School® is the only university of applied sciences in Austria to once again receive two premium seals by the 'Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation' (FIBAA) at an institutional level.

The MCI has been awarded a premium seal for the legally required ‘Institutional Audit Austria’, as the Entrepreneurial School® not only fulfills the test areas of this obligatory quality assurance procedure, but also exceeds them in many areas, and the evaluators describe the institution as "outstanding and exemplary".

Furthermore, the "Institutional Accreditation: Strategic Management" was carried out on a voluntary basis and primarily examines strategy, dynamics, innovative strength, internationality and future viability. Here, too, MCI received a coveted premium seal, especially since very many criteria were exceeded and even rated as "excellent".

Award ceremony

In the festive setting of the MCI's graduation ceremony on October 16, 2021, both Premium Seals were handed over in front of 1,000 guests and 130 new MCI alumni by FIBAA Commission Chairman Jürgen Weigand, Professor and Dean of the renowned School of Management, and FIBAA Executive Director Diane Freiberger in the presence of the Head of the Science Section at the BMBWF Elmar Pichl and the MCI's Provincial Science Councilor and Chair of the MCI General Assembly Annette Leja.


The Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA), based with its office in Bonn, acts as a European accreditation agency with complementary national recognitions. A premium seal is awarded exclusively to universities that demonstrate excellent quality in the key performance areas and significantly exceed the high accreditation standards.

In the view of the FIBAA assessors, the MCI is particularly impressive, among many other criteria, for its outstanding range of courses, high academic quality, dynamic approach, and innovative measures in rapidly changing social situations, such as online teaching. The MCI's positioning as a center for academic dialog, innovation, and international encounters, which are demonstrably lived and actively cultivated, is also rated as first-class.


FIBAA Commission Chairman Jürgen Weigand: "MCI | The Entrepreneurial School® impresses with excellent quality management, outstanding student support, and an extremely high-quality range of courses. I warmly congratulate MCI and the dedicated team around Rector Andreas Altmann for this outstanding achievement."

FIBAA Executive Director Diane Freiberger: "The Entrepreneurial School® is an important center for scientific dialogue, exemplary teaching, and a dynamic platform for international encounters and creates an outstanding enrichment for the entire German-speaking higher education area. I offer my sincere congratulations and wish continued success."

Section Head Elmar Pichl, Head of the Science Section in the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research: "For 25 years, the MCI has established high-quality academic teaching and continuing education, solution-oriented research, pronounced internationality and close cooperation with business and society. With the MCI, Austria has an "entrepreneurial school" that is the envy of other countries."

Annette Leja, Member of the Tyrolean Provincial Government for Science and Health and Chair of the MCI General Assembly: "The renewed double award for the MCI confirms that quality is no coincidence but the result of continuous hard work. With the Entrepreneurial School®, Tyrol has an innovative forge for the future, where innovative ideas technologies, processes, products, and business models are conceived, bridges to the future are built and international encounters are promoted. Congratulations!"

Brigitte Auer, Head of MCI Quality Management: "The award of the two premium seals shows that we live quality and excellence every day and that we offer our students excellent study and career opportunities. We see the two premium seals at the same time as motivation and tailwind, but also as a mandate and obligation to consistently continue on our path."

MCI Rector Andreas Altmann: "I am extremely happy about these renewed awards and would like to express my sincere thanks to the entire MCI team, who tirelessly ose tireless efforts produce great results every day and dynamically drive the further development of the MCI."

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