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Research and Teaching

WU is known for high qual­ity, in­ter­na­tion­ally re­cog­nized and com­pet­it­ive re­search per­form­ance. To main­tain this high stand­ard, WU de­pends on sup­port from in­di­vidu­als in ad­di­tion to pub­lic and in­sti­tu­tional fund­ing. Uni­versity re­search trans­fer gives our part­ners ac­cess to aca­demic know­ledge and state-of-the-art re­search find­ings. Re­search co­oper­a­tions between the uni­versity and its spon­sors provide ex­cel­lent long-term re­search & devel­op­ment op­por­tun­it­ies.

The WU Gut­mann Center for Port­fo­lio Man­age­ment is an ex­cel­lent example for a suc­cess­ful joint-ven­ture between aca­demia and the busi­ness com­munity. In this long-term co­oper­a­tion, Bank Gut­mann AG sup­ports the re­search activ­it­ies at WU's De­part­ment of Fin­ance, Ac­count­ing and Stat­ist­ics. This spon­sor­ship has con­trib­uted con­sid­er­ably to WU Gut­mann Center's pos­i­tion as an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned in­sti­tu­tion.Fin­ance, Ac­count­ing & Stat­ist­ics It of­fers top-­level sym­po­sia, sem­inars and lec­tures, provid­ing a plat­form for a reg­u­lar ex­change of ideas and know­ledge between aca­demic re­search­ers and prac­ti­tion­ers from the busi­ness com­munity.

En­dowed Chairs & Pro­fess­or­ships

En­dowed Chairs are named pro­fess­or­ships fun­ded and sup­por­ted by com­pan­ies, private spon­sors or found­a­tions.

En­dowed Chairs & Pro­fess­or­ships make it possible to con­sid­er­ably ex­pand WU's re­search and teach­ing activ­it­ies, ori­ented to­wards the de­mands of the in­ter­na­tional scien­ti­fic com­munity. Es­tab­lish­ing En­dowed Chairs provides fresh im­pulses for uni­versity re­search and ef­fect­ively widens the aca­demic spec­trum.

En­dow­ments not only en­hance a com­pany's cor­por­ate im­age, but also give or­gan­iz­a­tions the op­por­tun­ity to sup­port re­search and teach­ing in areas im­port­ant to the sector and the in­di­vidual com­pany, and gain ac­cess to par­tic­u­larly prom­ising gradu­ates as po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees.

One such example is the very suc­cess­ful En­dowed Chair at the In­sti­tute for En­tre­pren­eur­ship & In­nov­a­tion, which has been fun­ded for the last seven years by in­sti­tu­tions like Bank Aus­tria Cred­it­an­stalt, Berndorf AG, Oes­ter­reichis­che Na­tion­al­bank, the Vi­enna Eco­nomic Cham­ber and the Aus­trian Fed­eral Eco­nomic Cham­ber.

In this case, several in­sti­tu­tions and com­pan­ies are co­oper­at­ing to sup­port the en­dow­ment, link­ing their names with the field of En­tre­pren­eur­ship & In­nov­a­tion and im­prov­ing their pub­lic im­age.

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Fund­ing an En­dowed Chair strengthens the links between com­pan­ies and the uni­versity. Spon­sor­ship provides donors with nu­mer­ous be­ne­fits, in­clud­ing:

  • The En­dowed Chair or Pro­fess­or­ship can be named after your com­pany or in­sti­tu­tion

  • In­tens­ive con­tact to the scien­ti­fic com­munity

  • Aca­demic top­ics of in­terest can be assigned to mas­ter and bach­elor stu­dents for re­search

  • Ac­cess to stu­dents in sem­inars and lec­tures

  • Com­pre­hens­ive pub­lic re­la­tions and com­mu­nic­a­tions activ­it­ies

Re­search In­sti­tutes

The ob­ject­ives of these mostly in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary, in­ter­de­part­mental re­search clusters are to in­crease and im­prove re­search at WU and to strengthen con­tacts to the busi­ness com­munity. The Uni­versity's most im­port­ant re­search areas are con­cen­trated in the Re­search In­sti­tutes and re­flect the di­versity of aca­demic work at WU.

The Re­search In­sti­tute for CEE Legal Stud­ies, for example, is sponsored by a Sup­port­ers' So­ci­ety (Förderver­ein) foun­ded in 1992 espe­cially for this pur­pose. The So­ci­ety in­cludes over 130 mem­bers from in­ter­na­tion­ally act­ive com­pan­ies and vari­ous legal pro­fes­sions, from Aus­tria and many other coun­tries.

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In today's com­pet­it­ive global economy, the suc­cess­ful trans­fer of know­ledge between the scien­ti­fic and busi­ness com­munit­ies is more im­port­ant than ever. Spon­sor­ing a Re­search In­sti­tute can help strengthen the con­nec­tions between aca­demic activ­it­ies and the work of busi­nesses and in­sti­tu­tions. Spon­sor­ship provides donors with nu­mer­ous be­ne­fits, in­clud­ing:

  • Be­ing named as a sup­porter of the Re­search In­sti­tute

  • Know­ledge trans­fer on re­search out­put

  • Ap­plic­a­tion of re­search find­ings

  • Events with WU ex­perts can be or­gan­ized by com­pan­ies for their cli­ents and/or staff on vari­ous top­ics, e.g. CSR, hu­man re­sources, fin­ance & ac­count­ing

  • Com­pre­hens­ive pub­lic re­la­tions and com­mu­nic­a­tions activ­it­ies

Guest Pro­fess­or­ships

By fund­ing Guest Pro­fess­or­ships, com­pan­ies can help the uni­versity re­cruit renowned uni­versity pro­fess­ors and top re­search­ers from all over the world. Guest Pro­fess­or­ships al­low the uni­versity to in­tensify its co­oper­a­tion with top in­ter­na­tional fac­ulty. This is be­ne­fi­cial for WU's re­search and teach­ing, and can lead to valu­able net­work part­ner­ships. Guest Pro­fess­ors work­ing at WU for one or more semesters are usu­ally act­ive both in teach­ing and re­search.

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Spon­sor­ship provides donors with nu­mer­ous be­ne­fits, in­clud­ing:

  • The Guest Pro­fess­or­ship can be named after your com­pany or in­sti­tu­tion

  • Your com­pany name ap­pears on busi­ness cards and sta­tion­ery

  • All com­mu­nic­a­tions ma­ter­i­als used in the con­text of the Pro­fess­or­ship will bear your com­pany's name

  • Com­pre­hens­ive pub­lic re­la­tions and com­mu­nic­a­tions activ­it­ies

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