The success of a partnership between Middlesex University and a Linz, Austria-based education centre offering distance learning in German to people working full-time has been crowned by a book deal for a recent graduate.
The doctoral dissertation of Communications graduate Dr Elisabeth Wolfond, one of the first graduates from KMU Akademie & Management AG’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme, validated by MDX, is published by Springer this month. It examines the impact of corporate communications on companies’ success, in the fields of investment and systems businesses.
Dr Wolfond, from Graz in Austria, has Masters degrees in International Business and in Mediation and worked in global marketing in the paper industry before enrolling at KMU. She praises the “great support from the KMU team, perfectly organized programme, clear structure, high level of flexibility”, the viva format of the exams, conducted by MDX academics who offer a different angle to the course tutors, and the “perfect advisor” in Dr Thomas Angerer who encouraged her to approach publishers with her dissertation.
Another KMU DBU student who is about to graduate, Philipp Meyer, is in negotiation with a publishers’ over a book containing elements of his dissertation on lean leadership practices in nurse management at Zurich University Psychiatric Hospital.
Middlesex began validating KMU’s MBA degrees in 2011, after KMU founder Helmar Grabner met MDX Professor of Education Paul Gibbs some years previously. KMU added a BSc to its provision a year later, the DBA in 2013 and an MSc in 2015, all validated by MDX. It now has more than 1500 students, with the 350 students currently studying for a DBA far exceeding original expectations.
Dr Andrea Rögner, DBA programme leader at KMU, praises the “outstanding and successful co-operation model” of her institution with Middlesex. “It is very pleasant and encouraging to see, that the success story will continue”, she said.