Letter from the President, Alan Krautstengl, to our Alumni
Prague, 15th March 2014
I hope 2014 has gotten off to a good start for you and for all your endeavors this year.
We have an eventful year lined up for us at AAU and I would like to share some of that excitement with you.
Work is continuing in full swing on the renovation of the Thurn and Taxis Palace, AAU’s new home and we expect the building to be ready by the Fall semester. The campus will formally begin operation in January 2015, and we are happy to be moving to a space that is much bigger (double our current capacity), modern, refurbished, all in a baroque palace at the heart of Mala Strana.
AAU’s quest for American accreditation by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) takes another major step in September this year, when the WASC team comes back for their second visit and review. AAU hosted a successful previous visit in May 2013, and we are happy to be continuing down a path of academic glory.
Some news that directly concerns you – our alumni, starting the Spring 2014 semester, an Alumni Council, was established to support and aid the governance and academic leadership of the institution. Congratulations to Josef Muller, on being elected Chairman. You can look forward to hearing from the council about what they’ve been up to.
Finally, our relationship with California based Chapman University, continues to go from strength to strength. The Chapman MBA was ranked amongst the Top 50 in the US by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2013, and we are happy to offer the very same AACSB accredited degree in the form of the Chapman Prague MBA. We have a number of alumni scholarships available (which offer up to a 100,000 CZK stipend), and I strongly suggest that you apply. You can find out more about the Chapman Prague MBA here and get in touch with Stephanie Lachman, our Alumni Relations Manager for more information.
Aside from all the news, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our alumni for their increased engagement with AAU. I enjoy interacting with all of you and I look forward to our next meeting.
President Alan Krautstengl