On June 28 we were pleased to welcome numerous families and friends to the Lauder Business School campus for a graduation celebration. In his welcome address our Executive Director Alexander Zirkler congratulated the graduates and introduced our Guest of Honor, the US Ambassador to Austria – his Excellency Trevor D. Traina.

His Excellency reminisced over his university days and uncertainties after graduation about what to do next. He finished his BA in entrepreneurship at Princeton University and went on to found five tech companies and live in San Francisco before starting his diplomatic career. In his speech he mentioned the special connection he has to Austria as it was the first foreign country he visited as a small boy while his grandfather was also US ambassador to Austria. As Austria has always taken a special place in his heart he is convinced that it will also remain a special place for our graduates who spent three of their most formative years in Vienna. In addition, he congratulated LBS on working towards the American accreditation and on recently becoming an ACBSP member.

The ceremony also included the bestowal of three FH Professorships by the LBS Council – to Prof. (FH) Mag. Dr. Donald Baillie, to Prof. (FH) Dr. Konrad Koloseus and to Prof. (FH). Dr. Mag. Christin Vallinkoski.

Finally, the Director of the BA Studies Prof. (FH) Mag. Julius Dem, MBA addressed the graduates and their families in a very touching speech.

“For us at LBS every student is special, a raw diamond that is to be cut and polished until hopefully eventually a brilliant will appear. […] However, I must confess, I wasn’t aware how brilliant you all were! Since I started teaching at LBS I don’t remember ever having had a whole cohort eligible for the final exams and – as if this wasn’t enough – everyone passing the exam and – if this wasn’t enough – not only passing but with a huge number of merits and distinctions!

He concluded with Seneca’s words: “As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters”, wishing all our graduates thriving lives and successful careers.


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Welcome to LBS

We are very pleased to announce the beginning of the new academic year 2018/2019 on October 4!

The LBS faculty and staff wish all our new and returning students a good start! We hope that you have refilled your energy reserves during the summer and that you are now ready for the new challenges to come.

A very special welcome to all our new students joining the LBS academic community this year. We are excited to meet you at our Orientation and Welcome Day!

The Economics of Climate Change

Christian Reiner, senior researcher at LBS, was invited by the Carinthian Economic Society (Volkswirtschaftliche Gesellschaft Kärnten) to deliver a talk on the economics of climate change. About 100 visitors attended the talk on October 3rd 2019 in Klagenfurt, Carinthia’s capital. Mr Reiner stressed the economic case for ambitious climate policy as well as the chances for business.

Master Class of 2019 – Congratulations!

On September 20, we were delighted to welcome many proud families and friends to the Lauder Business School campus for a Masters graduation ceremony. The ceremony started with a welcoming speech by our Executive Director Alexander Zirkler in the beautiful baroque LBS ballroom. In his address, he highlighted the international quality of both our Master programs and drew the parallel: “The value of your diplomas will increase in time like the value of a good painting.”

Blockchain Seminars – Be One Step Ahead

Whether you are a technical person, a business individual or simply interested in future technologies and the latest trends, our program gives you expert insights into this vibrant field and guides your path to becoming a Blockchain professional.