WU takes its responsibility seriously: As one of Austria’s leading research institutions in the field of business and economics, WU makes outstanding contributions to help solve the economic, social, and ecological challenges of our time, on both regional and global levels. Research and research communication are key elements of WU’s third mission activities. Based on their latest research results, WU researchers engage in discourse with society, setting agendas and spearheading public debates.
WU’s social commitment and its future- and practice-oriented research are evidenced by the university’s long-standing cooperation with many stakeholders from different areas of society. These cooperative activities range from continuing education, political consulting, and knowledge exchange to contributions for driving innovation. These numerous and diverse cooperations firmly anchor the relevance of WU’s research in society.
Knowledge transfer activities are carried out together with national and international partners – in research projects or, with a more long-term perspective, in the form of research institutes. This transfer of academic knowledge strengthens the impact of WU’s research and its international visibility.
Sustainable Development Goals
The UN member states have adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as key political objectives. The SDGs are designed to guide economic, social, and ecological development. They cover a broad range of issues: From basic human needs to sustainable industrial development, the SDGs provide a globally recognized framework for tackling the social challenges of our time.
With their broad-based approach, the SDGs are ideally suited for mapping the impact of academic research. A look at WU’s research projects in the context of the SDGs shows very clearly how and where WU’s research makes important contributions to the advancement of society.
Research impact: Examples from WU’s practical research activities
The brochure “Our research impact” highlights the range and diversity of WU’s research from the perspective of the SDGs. The brochure presents practically oriented examples that showcase the impact of science and research. It highlights the important contributions WU makes to help overcome key economic, social, legal, and ecological challenges.