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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Fireplace Talk with the CEO of Austrian Airlines

On June 19 we were delighted to host the CEO of Austrian Airlines, Dr. Alexis von Hoensbroech, in the Lauder Business School ball room. He delivered an inspiring fireplace talk about his career path, the aviation industry in general, and the Austrian Airlines company structure and strategy.

Cooperation Agreement with the City of Vienna

Lauder Business School signed a cooperation agreement with the City of Vienna together with 22 other Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences located in Vienna. On May 14, 2019, Mayor Michael Ludwig signed a cooperation agreement with the Viennese higher education institutions in the City Hall, together with rectors, directors and board members of 23 universities, colleges and universities of applied sciences.

Researching Innovation in Austria

Christian Reiner, senior researcher at LBS, has co-authored the “Austrian Research and Technology Report 2019”. This annual report has been published by three Austrian ministries and written by external experts from applied research institutes and universities. Given the importance of the report for the wider public, it is an honour to contribute to this official publication.

IoT in Business – a Digital Futuretrail Approach

On May 16 another inspiring fireplace talk took place in the ballroom of Lauder Business School. Tagrid Morad, a guest from LBS’ and FHWien der WKW’s common Israeli Erasmus+ partner Ben Gurion University of the Negev, took the opportunity to open the talk with a few words about the fruitful international collaboration between the universities involved.