Wednesday, 07. September 2016

Top Athletes Start MBA Program at WHU

Cooperation with Deutsche Sporthilfe prepares more athletes for successful career

Two more former top athletes started their Part-Time MBA studies on the Düsseldorf campus of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Düsseldorf last weekend. Daniel Hermann, German ice-dancing champion in 2009, and Birte Steven-Vitense, German swimming champion in 2004/2007 as well as Olympic competitor in 2004, are the third generation of athletes to begin their studies at WHU as part of the joint study support scheme of the “Sprungbrett Zukunft” initiative organized by Deutsche Sporthilfe.

Daniel Hermann is delighted at the opportunity. “Besides talent, hard work and ambition, success in sports primarily depends on a very good trainer. The part-time MBA now gives me the chance to once more learn from the best and to achieve my career goals.” Deutsche Sporthilfe and WHU will be collaborating for at least another three years in order to be able to offer this unique opportunity to German athletes. Each year, two outstanding current or former athletes will be given a fully funded place on WHU’s Part-Time MBA Program. “During my sporting career I always strived to achieve excellence and top performance. This course now allows me to continue on that path,” says Birte Steven-Vitense with conviction at the start of her studies. The two university places are being funded in equal parts by WHU and the Stiftung Initiative Werte Stipendium.

“We are very pleased to be able to welcome the third group of top athletes to the Part-Time MBA at WHU. It’s especially impressive to see how well the athletes are accepted into their classes by the young professionals and how these top athletes contribute to the diversity of the Part-Time MBA as well as to WHU as a whole,” explains Professor Sascha L. Schmidt, Director of the Center for Sports and Management at WHU. Dr. Michael Ilgner, Chairman of Deutsche Sporthilfe, acknowledges, “Most top athletes approach their careers with the same determination and motivation as their sports. Business is increasingly recognizing this potential. The Part-Time MBA Program equips our former athletes with excellent tools for future management positions.”

back f.l.t.r.: Professor Dr. Jürgen Weigand (WHU), Professor Dr. Sascha L. Schmidt (WHU), Daisuke Motoki (WHU) front f.l.t.r.: Birte Steven-Vitense, Daniel Hermann