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IMADEC University is a private business and law school located in Viennamarker, Austriamarker.


Founded in 1991 as "International Management Development Consulting", IMADEC offered an MBA programme, which was accredited until January 2005 by FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation), a German accreditation agency.

In January 2001, IMADEC became the second private school in Austria to achieve legal recognition by the state as a private university, a status it held until January 2006. It soon had a number of prominent Austrians on its staff and among its sponsors, such as Otto von Habsburg, Peter Zöllner (executive director of Austria's central bankmarker) and Gerhard Swarovski.

In its first years, IMADEC was a partner of California State University, Haywardmarker (CSUH). The contract between the institutions was dissolved in 2002. Today, the school is cooperating with faculty from the University of Texas at Austinmarker.

Rejection of request for renewed accreditation

IMADEC's state accreditation as a private university, first acquired in 2001, expired on 1 January 2006. In August 2006, the Austrian Accreditation Council rejected the school's request for renewed accreditation, citing deficiencies in quality assurance, academic staff structure, and financial backing as some reasons.

On 28 August 2006, the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Cultural Affairs decreed that IMADEC's degree programs may be continued as "university level courses" ( ). This type of state approval is limited until 31 December 2010 and allows private educational institutions to grant valid academic degrees, but does not imply accreditation as a university.

Void honorary degrees

On 28 April 2006, the Austrian Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgerichtshof) ruled that an honorary DBA degree bestowed upon Alexandre Lamfalussy by IMADEC in 2003 was void, as private universities are not authorised to grant any honorary degrees. Four other persons – Arnold Schwarzenegger (DBA), Franz Vranitzky (DBA), Wim Duisenberg (DBA) and Siegbert Alber (LL.D) – have received honorary doctorates from IMADEC, which are now considered void as well.


IMADEC currently offers an Executive MBA program, an International LL.M. program and an International MLE (Master of Law and Economics) course of studies. The language of instruction is English. All courses are organized in 4 day intensive study sessions, each carrying 4 "Academic Units". They are taught by either IMADEC University resident staff or by visiting professors.


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