July 12th 2017

MCI ranked Austria’s best academic institution again

MCI as Austria’s only academic institution to take first place in two of three categories of the 2017 Universum Ranking: the number one in Employability and Career Service

Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) celebrates yet another international success: the recently published Universum Ranking (2017 Universum Talent Survey) has put MCI at the top of the Austrian academic landscape again. The Entrepreneurial School® is notably the only academic institution in Austria that has taken first place in two of, altogether, three categories.

MCI was awarded first place in the Strongest Focus on Employability category. This category rates the schools’ services in preparing students for the labor market, which are among the top priorities of the Entrepreneurial School®. The students awarded top marks particularly for MCI’s excellent reputation among potential employers, its high employment rate of graduates, its provision of practically-relevant training and immediately-applicable knowledge, its strong network with the business world, as well as its entrepreneurial approach and way of thinking.

MCI also secured first place in also in the Best Career Service category, which assesses the work of the universities’ career centers. With a score of 8.2 points, which is unique among Austrian universities, whose average score is 6.5 points, MCI has once again been placed at the very top. It has thus even outperformed renowned institutions such as the Vienna University of Economics and Business, or the Graz University of Technology. According to the students, the most important activities organized by the MCI Career Center are the preparatory career and application workshops, the excellent career platform for MCI students, and the annual Recruiting Forum held at MCI, which is considered an effective platform for exchange and communication between potential employers and students.

MCI is particularly pleased with the results and the second place it achieved in the Most Satisfied Students category. This reflects the students’ tendency to recommend their schools to acquaintances and relatives as well as the general level of students’ satisfaction with their universities. In addition, the students were asked if they would opt for the same schools again in hindsight. The students of the Entrepreneurial School® awarded the university 8.2 points, while the Austrian average score was 7.3. With an outstanding score of 8.5 points, as compared to the Austrian average of 7.6, the rate at which students would recommend MCI is similarly high. If current students could start over with their studies, 73 percent would definitely choose to study at MCI again.

The achievements of the Entrepreneurial School® in this year’s Universum Ranking are in accord with the results of numerous surveys and rankings as well as prizes the Entrepreneurial School® has been awarded over the past few years. MCI has always stressed the importance of academic standards, practical relevance, committing to achievement, internationality, professional services, and consistent quality assurance. Exemplary curricula and modern approaches to teaching, internationally-active lecturers and students, the close cooperation with the world of business, a strong career center, as well as the diversity of its student services have thus formed the basis for the most recent distinction in the Universum Ranking.

The 2017 Universum Talent Survey is part of the largest career survey of this kind worldwide, with more than one million students and young professionals participating every year. Between November 2016 and April 2017, Universum, the global specialist for employer branding and talent management, interviewed 11,296 Austrian students about their personal perception of the universities they attend and the career plans they have. Based on the results of this survey, the best of Austrian universities and institutions of higher education are annually awarded for their excellent work.


Günther Platter, State Governor of Tyrol: “The top results achieved by MCI in the international Universum Ranking once more provide proof of the fact that the Entrepreneurial School® is a poster child for Tyrol.”

Bernhard Tilg, Tyrolean Minister of Science and chairman of the MCI General Assembly: “MCI is an essential landmark in the education, technology and science landscape of Tyrol. It provides students and businesses with first-class expertise, international prospects, and entrepreneurial spirit.”

Oswald Wolkenstein, manager of the Tyrolean Economic Chamber division for industry and chairman of the MCI General Advisory Board: “MCI is a much valued partner of the local economy, standing out due to its excellent approach to teaching and its efficient network of high-ranking partners as well as its practical and research projects. MCI graduates are in high demand in the business world. I congratulate MCI on this renewed distinction.”

Brigitte Huter, head of the MCI Career Center: “This distinction confirms and justifies our approach to aid students in making a head start in the professional world. Our students appreciate in particular the numerous opportunities we offer them to establish contact with potential employers. That is why we aim to create an open and creative dialog with businesses for the benefit not only of our students, but also the local economy and internationally operating employers.”

Brigitte Auer, head of MCI Quality Management: “At MCI we consider it essential to meet international standards. The gratifying outcome of the Universum Talent Survey strengthens our commitment to the ongoing development of the quality and range of our degree and executive education programs, research activities, and services.”

Andreas Altmann, MCI Rector: “This renewed honor is down to our entire team as well as our students’, sponsors’, and stakeholders’ declaration of faith in achievement, commitment, and responsibility.”

Further information:

pdfPress release about Austria’s top universities of 2017

Quality & Excellence at MCI

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