FHWien der WKW stands for continuous career development and innovation: this is demonstrated by the winners of the Alumni Award, which the university of applied sciences specializing in management and communication presented for the 14th time this year. For the first time, the award was presented in two categories.
Award for professionals and executives
The award in the “Professional Achievements” category honors (future) professionals and managers who achieve national or international success in their industry or field of activity.
The winner in this category in 2021 is Peter Skerlan. He graduated from the FHWien der WKW with a degree in Entrepreneurship. While still a student, he joined Frequentis AG as a business controller. After holding various positions within the company, he now holds the position of CFO. He is responsible for all financial departments, human resources, and other central services such as IT and legal at the Austrian global market leader.
Challenging studies paid off
“Without my studies at FHWien der WKW, I would not be where I am today,” explained Peter Skerlan on the occasion of his honoring with the Alumni Award. “A lot was demanded of us during the part-time studies – it was the first year of the Entrepreneurship study program. However, it paid off. I was able to make contacts that have helped me advance professionally.”
Award for particularly innovative alumni
The “Shaping the Future” category honors graduates whose thinking and actions provide forward-looking answers to urgent questions of our time.
The first winner in this category is Maximilian Unger. He completed the master’s degree program in Marketing & Sales Management at FHWien der WKW. Parallel to his part-time studies, he worked in a digital consultancy on the topics of digital transformation and innovation as well as communication. In 2017, Unger joined TheVentury as a partner. The innovation agency helps start-ups and established organizations to realize their ideas.
“FHWien curricula are constantly being developed”
“The practical relevance of FHWien der WKW was the decisive factor for me to apply for a place here,” Maximilian Unger looks back. “Then putting the theory I learned directly into practice and learning from practitioners how things really work still gives me a boost in many situations today.” Through his studies, he was able to build up a large network, but also many friendships that accompany him to this day, Unger continues. “It’s especially nice to see that FHWien’s curricula are constantly being developed and adapted to the needs of the job market.”
Congrats to the two winners!