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Highest Quality Standards are WU’s Priority

WU is committed to the highest standards in teaching and learning, research and third mission. To ensure the fulfillment of this claim, WU voluntarily undergoes various international accreditation procedures.

WU holds the three most prestigious accreditations for business schools worldwide. Being accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA not only shows WU’s commitment to highest quality standards but also its goal to belong to the best business schools around the world.

WU is the only university in Austria, one of seven in the German speaking area, one of four in the CEE region and one of 125 universities worldwide holding this triple accreditation.

Why are its international accreditations important to WU?

Being triple-accredited is not only a quality indicator, but it also highlights our international standing and reputation in business and management education. As Austria’s leading university in business and economics, being triple-accredited confirms that WU is part of the most renowned business schools on the international level as well. But showcasing our international standing and reputation is not the only reason why accreditations are important to WU. By regularly going through the rigorous external review procedures required for renewing the accreditations, WU receives valuable feedback and recommendations by experts in the field. This feedback helps to benchmark our performance and also ensures the continuous improvement of the university. As an accredited university, WU is member of the AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA Community and their global significance and reach opens up important benefits for WU. Belonging to these communities offers valuable opportunities for networking, exchange, benchmarking with and insights into the work of like-minded universities and business schools.
This is why for over 15 years WU voluntarily invests considerable time and effort in its internal and external quality assurance processes.

Quality matters

WU has a comprehensive and well-proven quality assurance system in place, along the widely accepted European Standards and Guidelines. WU’s quality-assurance framework is based on a “quality culture” concept and focuses on aspects such as communication and organizational learning through various feedback loops. Furthermore, WU is actively committed to the development of the field by contributing to discussions and conferences on quality assurance in higher education on the European level.

What is WU recognized for?

In the last two re-accreditation procedures WU was commended on several topics. In particular, the international reviewers were impressed by

  • WU’s commitment to being a responsible university by embedding responsibility in the culture, operations and all programs

  • WU’s climate neutral campus and the ambition to become a climate neutral university

  • WU’s comprehensive and ambitious digitalization strategy

  • WU’s internationalization regarding WU’s students and WU’s faculty

  • WU’s strong connections with the world of practice

  • WU’s impact on business and society and

  • The high level of commitment of all stakeholders, who feel genuinely proud to be part of WU.



EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System) is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of business schools. The comprehensive accreditation covers the topics strategy & governance, programs, students, faculty, research, executive education, resources & administration, as well as the cross-cutting topics of internationalization, ethics, responsibility & sustainability and the connections with the world of practice. WU is EQUIS accredited since in 2007. In 2023, this accreditation has been renewed for five years until 2028.

AACSB International


AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, based in the US. It is AACSB International’s mission to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. The accreditation review focuses on school's mission, strategic management and innovation, program quality and learner success, as well as thought leadership, engagement and societal impact. WU is AACSB accredited since 2015. In 2020, the accreditation has been renewed for five years until 2025.



The Association of MBAs (AMBA) is a global organisation that focuses primarily on the accreditation of MBA programs. The accreditation process itself supports the MBA programs in their development and in their continued quality assurance. Since 2010, WU Executive Academy was the first and still is the only MBA provider in Austria to receive AMBA accreditation. In 2024, the accreditation has been renewed for another five years.


Dr. Oliver Vettori
Dean, Accreditations & Quality Management

Accreditation Office