February 25th 2016

MCI now member of the European University Association

International success for Management Center Innsbruck through membership of the influential European University Association

The Entrepreneurial School® achieves another international success. As has recently been announced, the council of the European University Association (EUA) accepted Management Center Innsbruck as a new member on January 29 2016. With this, MCI is now represented in the largest and most renowned union of European universities. The membership of the EUA is confirmation of the academic quality and international reputation of the Entrepreneurial School®. It facilitates MCI’s continued process of internationalization and the cooperation with scholars and university leaders throughout Europe. MCI is moreover a member of a range of recognized international university associations including the International Association of Universities in Geneva, the prestigious MBA Roundtable in Chicago, the European Federation for Management Development in Brussels, and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in Tampa, Florida.

The European University Association, based in Brussels, comprises more than 850 members in 47 countries. Prof. Rolf Tarrach, the previous Rector of the University of Luxemburg, currently holds the office of the association’s president. As part of its main activities, EUA influences EU policies on higher education, coordinates common standards, and organizes conferences, workshops and seminars.

In order to receive full membership of the European University Association, universities are required to meet a number of criteria: alongside financial sustainability, also the institutions’ focus on academic research is assessed; universities need to provide degree programs at two of the three Bologna cycles. In the case of MCI these are bachelor and master degree programs. Another requirement for being granted full membership is the provision of doctoral programs or the participation in national or international research programs. The doctoral programs offered at MCI are based on cooperation agreements with the University of Innsbruck and the Innsbruck Medical University. Higher education institutions applying for full membership of the EUA additionally need to hand in a letter of recommendation from the President of the National Rectors' Conference.

Andreas Altmann, Rector of MCI, expresses his delight at the new membership: “Being accepted as a full member of the European University Association, MCI is now at the same level as the best higher education institutions of Europe. We intend to use the opportunities which are created through this membership for the benefit of our students.”

Susanne Lichtmannegger, Head of the International Relations Office at MCI, adds: “With the involvement of more than 200 partner universities and over 5.000 international students in the past 15 years, the internationalization of MCI is already a story of success. The membership of EUA promotes the continuation of this story and is encouragement to bring the world to Innsbruck while sending our Innsbruck students out into the world.”

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