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About WU

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WU is an in­ter­na­tional uni­versity that is very aware of its re­spons­ib­il­ity to so­ci­ety and the re­search com­munity and acts con­scien­tiously in all that it does. WU is all of us: the people that study here, teach, per­form re­search, work in our ad­min­is­trat­ive units, or are even just vis­it­ing our cam­pus as guests or to at­tend one of our many pub­lic events. Thank you for your in­terest in our uni­versity. Whether you’re think­ing about en­rolling in one of our de­gree pro­grams or are already a WU stu­dent, whether you’re plan­ning to ap­ply for an open pos­i­tion or already work here, or if you just want to find out more about WU, we’re glad you’re here.

Edel­traud Hanap­pi-Eg­ger, Rector


As a re­search-in­tens­ive pub­lic uni­versity with a keen aware­ness of its ob­lig­a­tions to so­ci­ety, WU pre­pares its stu­dents to take on re­spons­ib­il­ity in busi­ness and so­ci­ety. At WU, young people learn the busi­ness and eco­nom­ics skills they need to con­trib­ute pro­duct­ively to fa­cing today’s and to­mor­row’s eco­nomic, so­cial, legal, and eco­lo­gical chal­lenges us­ing fu­ture-ori­ented ex­pert­ise and re­spons­ible busi­ness be­ha­vior.

WU sees it­self as an in­ter­na­tional uni­versity, as an im­port­ant hub for global ex­change, and as a place where stu­dents and teach­ers work to­gether. Open-­minded­ness and di­versity were already among the uni­versity’s key val­ues at WU’s found­ing in 1898. WU is com­mit­ted to the prin­ciples of fair­ness and equal op­por­tun­it­ies, scien­ti­fic in­teg­rity, aca­demic freedom, and espe­cially plur­al­ity in top­ics and meth­od­o­logy.

WU is a re­spons­ible uni­versity.* This means that WU not only ac­cepts re­spons­ib­il­ity for the qual­ity of its per­form­ance in re­search, teach­ing, and third mis­sion activ­it­ies, but also that it acts in a so­cially re­spons­ible man­ner in all that it does.

*As based on the six Prin­ciples for Re­spons­ible Man­age­ment Edu­ca­tion (PRME)

In­ter­na­tional Outlook

One of the goals WU has set it­self is to achieve and main­tain a place among the world’s lead­ing in­sti­tu­tions of higher edu­ca­tion. WU is work­ing to strengthen its global pro­file by of­fer­ing a range of Eng­lish-taught mas­ter’s pro­grams and also by em­phas­iz­ing in­ter­na­tion­al­iz­a­tion in its re­search activ­it­ies.

WU’s triple ac­cred­it­a­tion by EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA – the three fore­most in­ter­na­tional ac­cred­it­a­tions for busi­ness and eco­nom­ics uni­versit­ies – is a testi­mo­nial of WU’s high qual­ity stand­ards. Fewer than 1% of uni­versit­ies world­wide can claim triple ac­cred­it­a­tion by EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA. WU is one of only two uni­versit­ies in the Ger­man-speak­ing world to belong to this ex­clus­ive group of schools.

WU’s ex­cel­lent in­ter­na­tional repu­ta­tion is re­flec­ted in its stu­dent pop­u­la­tion: Roughly one in four stu­dents on cam­pus has come to study at WU from abroad.


Ex­cel­lent re­search is an­other main corner­stone of WU’s mis­sion. This in­cludes not only strength­en­ing WU’s pro­file as a re­search uni­versity, but also par­ti­cip­at­ing in pub­lic dis­course with so­ci­ety and ex­chan­ging know­ledge with all rel­ev­ant stake­hold­ers. Con­tinu­ous work to strengthen and stim­u­late re­search is one of WU’s key pri­or­it­ies for the fu­ture.

Cam­pus Life

Apart from its im­press­ive, award-win­ning ar­chi­tec­ture, WU’s mod­ern cam­pus also boasts a range of at­tract­ive din­ing op­tions and pub­licly ac­cess­ible grounds that en­cour­age stu­dents, staff, and area res­id­ents to ex­plore Cam­pus WU and en­joy its unique at­mo­sphere. Cam­pus WU provides meet­ing places and open spaces and has given Vi­enna’s second dis­trict a whole new neigh­bor­hood.