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Research Impact

As Aus­tria’s lead­ing re­search in­sti­tu­tion in the fields of busi­ness and eco­nom­ics, WU is well aware of its so­cial re­spons­ib­il­ity. Its goal is to make sig­ni­fic­ant con­tri­bu­tions to solv­ing the eco­nomic, so­cial, and eco­lo­gical prob­lems of the day, both on re­gional and global levels. For this reason, re­search is an in­teg­ral part of WU’s third mis­sion activ­it­ies. It is espe­cially im­port­ant to WU to dis­sem­in­ate new re­search res­ults and to make con­tri­bu­tions to cur­rent dis­course on all busi­ness- and eco­nom­ic­s-re­lated is­sues.

The many ways in which WU’s re­search­ers co­oper­ate with vari­ous mem­bers of so­ci­ety have long since be­come one of WU’s dis­tin­guish­ing qual­it­ies, and they are an ex­pres­sion of WU’s so­cial com­mit­ment and its fu­ture- and prac­tice-ori­ented ap­proach to re­search. In this sense, the “third mis­sion” is not just a buzzword at WU but an in­trinsic part of its activ­it­ies, from con­tinu­ing edu­ca­tion, ini­ti­at­ives to stim­u­late in­nov­a­tion, ap­plic­a­tion-ori­ented re­search, policy con­sult­ing, and PR work to so­cial activ­it­ies and know­ledge ex­change with vari­ous stake­hold­ers in dif­fer­ent in­sti­tu­tional set­tings.

WU’s re­search im­pact is also vis­ible in its nu­mer­ous na­tional and in­ter­na­tional joint pro­jects, either in the form of spe­cific re­search pro­jects or long-term col­lab­or­a­tion at re­search in­sti­tutes.

Pro­jects in the Vi­cin­ity

WU is also act­ive close to home, where the work of the Re­gional Centre of Ex­pert­ise on Edu­ca­tion for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment (RCE Vi­enna) makes im­port­ant con­tri­bu­tions to local devel­op­ment. This net­work for re­search, edu­ca­tion, and know­ledge trans­fer ad­dresses ques­tions of sus­tain­ab­il­ity on re­gional and trans­re­g­ional levels. In co­oper­a­tion with a local com­munity devel­op­ment agency, the RCE Vi­enna has im­ple­men­ted nu­mer­ous pro­jects and ser­vice-learn­ing part­ner­ship ini­ti­at­ives for re­gional edu­ca­tion, know­ledge ex­change, and pro­jects in­volving co­oper­a­tion between aca­demia and busi­ness.

Know­ledge Ex­change: WU En­tre­pren­eur­ship Center

In ad­di­tion to think­ing and act­ing like an en­tre­pren­eur, en­tre­pren­eur­ship in­volves start­ing new busi­nesses. This is a key 21st cen­tury skill that is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly im­port­ant for stu­dents, alumni, and fac­ulty. WU par­ti­cip­ates in the cross-in­sti­tu­tional know­ledge trans­fer and en­tre­pren­eur­ship activ­it­ies of the En­tre­pren­eur­ship Center Net­work (ECN) and the Wis­sen­strans­ferzen­trum Ost. WU’s newly es­tab­lished En­tre­pren­eur­ship Center will ex­pand and in­tensify these activ­it­ies and provide more com­pre­hens­ive en­tre­pren­eur­ship-re­lated in­form­a­tion, net­work­ing op­por­tun­it­ies, and ser­vices to all uni­versit­ies in Vi­enna.