Our Impact

It is becoming increasingly important for universities to reflect on and map their own impact on business and society. We have therefore investigated the impact of our research, teaching and third mission.

Third Mission

As a public business university, WU is responsible to society. Through the work of researchers and teachers, students and graduates in and on society, it is a source of ideas and a motor for social developments.

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In this report, we have devoted our attention to the Third Mission area and provide an overview of the large number of different initiatives and contributions that WU has recently initiated and supported. In addition to describing our third mission activities, although we know that there are a number of other smaller and larger activities in addition to the projects described, we have started to address the question of the impact of the third mission.

Third Mission Impact Report
Third Mission Impact Report


Our "Teaching Impact Map" makes the diverse impacts of university teaching on the economy and society visible. The report is based on 20 different case studies, seven of which are interviews with WU alumni whose diverse and impressive careers and biographies are exemplary, identifiable illustrations of the impact their alma mater has had on their lives.

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In the publication you can find out more about our impact through ...

  • Our graduates

  • A solid scientific education

  • Innovative teaching

  • Imparting entrepreneurship skills

  • International mobility programs

  • Digitalization as a part of the teaching portfolio

  • Research based teaching

  • Digital teaching activities

  • Executive education

  • Auditor training

  • Extracurricular engagement

  • Teacher education

  • Textbooks

Teaching Impact Map
Teaching Impact Map


As a responsible university, contributing to public discourse and proposing research-based solutions to today’s challenges are among our most important jobs. In 2019, we presented our first publication detailing our research’s impact on society and support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

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We selected 30 research projects, based on the sustainable impact of their results. For example, they found that WU’s work contributes to reducing credit risks in the euro area and optimizing tax laws and, consequently, helps to improve overall economic conditions. WU is also laying the necessary groundwork for digitalization, for instance by helping protect people’s privacy in the digital sphere and developing new quality control systems for making open data more widely accessible. WU’s research provides a solid scientific basis to help decision-makers take steps towards reducing poverty and resource consumption, and it contributes to climate protection efforts by helping to design more efficient emissions trading systems. The knowledge generated also helps to improve the barrier-free accessibility of guidance systems and strengthen the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Our Research Impact
Our Research Impact