October 16th 2023

Kicking off the academic year 2023/24

4,000 applications for 1,300 study places | 3,600 students & 16,000 alumni | Global network | Excellent career opportunities | High-profile events

MCI students on the roof terrace at the main campus in Innsbruck. ©MCI / Anna Geisler
MCI starts the new academic year 2023/24 with great news and high-profile events ©MCI / Anna Geisler

Motivated, successful, international: Just as the last academic year ended, MCI | The Entrepreneurial School® is starting the new academic year 2023/24 with high energy and innovative activities.

MCI study program in high demand

Almost 4,000 applications from 85 (!) nations confirm the enormous demand for one of the coveted 1,300 study places that MCI has allocated to first-semester students for the start of their studies in fall 2023. As a result, 3,600 MCI students are now starting their studies, while nearly 1,200 graduates will finish them this fall. The total number of MCI alumni thus amounts to an impressive 16,000 graduates.

Global network

With around 1,000 exchange students for a semester/year of study, the MCI is expanding its international activities even further. In addition, the comprehensive network of more than 300 university cooperations has been strengthened by adding ten renowned partner universities (including U.C. Berkeley / USA, Tel Aviv University / Israel, Dalian University of Technology / China, Andrassy University / Hungary, etc.).

New opportunities in continuing education

MCI Executive Education's high-quality continuing education program is also being expanded, for example with the new certificate courses "Green Transition & ESG Management" and "Business AI". These courses actively address the growing challenges in the areas of climate protection and sustainability as well as the active use of artificial intelligence, preparing managers, employees and companies for these topics.

Successful expansion of the European University ULYSSEUS

The MCI has received approval for five forward-looking Erasmus+ project proposals in the field of academic education, which were submitted in close cooperation with the joint European University Alliance ULYSSEUS. The projects focus on current developments, such as the European Joint Master Programs and the promotion of international mobility.

New UNESCO Chair at MCI

Since 2023, the MCI is part of the UNESCO Chair Program: With MCI Professor Antje Bierwisch as Chair holder, the "UNESCO Chair in Futures Capability for Innovation & Entrepreneurship" at the MCI revolves around the ability to anticipate future scenarios and to develop adequate solutions. The official launch event will take place on November 16, 2023 at MCI in Innsbruck.

High-level events to kick off the semester

As part of its renowned "Distinguished Guest Lectures", the MCI is launching the new academic year with high-ranking guests:


  • Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya | Belarusian opposition leader & Head of the United Transitional Cabinet of Belarus | October 19 | 6:30 p.m. | Congress Innsbruck
  • Ban Ki-Moon | 8th UN Secretary-General | October 20 | 12:30 p.m. | Online
  • Christian Wehrschütz | ORF correspondent | November 3 | 12:30 p.m. | Online
  • Karl Nehammer | Austrian Chancellor | November 16 | 1 p.m. | MCI


  • Magnus Brunner | Austrian Minister of Finance | September 22 | Read report
  • Dirk Hoke | CEO, Volocopter GmbH | October 12 | Watch video
  • Michael von und zu Liechtenstein | October 13 | Report coming soon


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