In a globalized world, active participation in international networks helps give us new perspectives on our work as a university. A spirited exchange of ideas with renowned universities provides us with impulses for our own continuous development. We maintain an active exchange of students and faculty with our partner institutions, participate in research partnerships, and develop cooperative academic programs.
WU has been a member of the European University ENGAGE.EU since 2020. This is an alliance of leading European universities in business, economics, and social sciences with rich experience in analyzing societal change. The alliance's ambition is to enable its learners to act as socially engaged European citizens and to have impact on society at large.
Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)
PRME is an organization that has been acting as an international task force since 2007, developing a platform to foster responsible and sustainable practices in management education. WU defines itself as a responsible university and uses the 6 principles set out by PRME, which are based on the UN Global Compact, as points of orientation for its work. The principles offer guidelines for integrating sustainability and responsibility into the training provided to future executives. WU has already implemented these guidelines in a number of areas.
The Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS)
The CEMS network was established in 1988 by leading business and economics universities (Bocconi University, ESADE, HEC Paris, and the University of Cologne) with the goal of providing students with the training and education they need to lead multinational and multicultural organizations. WU has been a member of this network since 1990.
WU is the only CEMS partner school in Austria and offers the CEMS program as an integral part of the Master’s Program in International Management. WU’s CEMS/MIM program is among the best worldwide. Within the CEMS network, the high quality of WU’s Master in International Management is recognized with prizes and awards on a regular basis.
Partnership in International Management (PIM)
Founded in 1973, PIM is an association of renowned business schools. The members are recognized as leading providers of higher education in business and economics in their respective regions. WU is the only Austrian university to belong to this exclusive network. The network’s goal is to foster cooperation between members, especially by creating joint academic programs and encouraging student mobility between member schools. Over 80% of the member schools are WU partner universities.
Global Business School Network (GBSN)
GBSN is a group of outstanding business and economics universities with the common goal of building up a solid, local management education network in developing countries. WU contributes actively to this initiative and has been offering scholarships to the International Summer UniversityWU for high-potential students from GBSN partner schools in developing countries since 2017.
The Austrian-African research network Africa-UniNet was established in January 2020. It is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals and aims to create a long-term and stable basis for cooperation between Austrian and African universities and research institutions. WU is proud to be a founding member.
Alliance of Leading European Universities in the Economic and Social Sciences (ALEUSS)
12 leading European universities with a focus on economics and social sciences formed ALEUESS (Alliance of Leading European Universities in the Economic and Social Sciences) in 2018. In the area of teaching, the focus is on bilateral exchange agreements, summer schools and a common digital learning platform. In research, communication between scientists from the ALEUESS universities is promoted.
ASEAN European Academic University Network (ASEA-UNINET)
The ASEAN European Academic University Network is a network of European and Southeast Asian universities with the objective of promoting the continuous internationalization of education and research. ASEA-UNINET was founded in 1994 by universities from Austria, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam as the Austrian-South-East Asian University Network.
Austria-Illinois Exchange Program
WU has a particularly intensive exchange program with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This cooperation gives WU students the opportunity to spend a semester in the USA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Students can choose between attending courses at Gies College of Business, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, or the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. In return, large groups of students from Illinois come to Vienna to spend a semester at WU every year.
The Central European Exchange Program for University Studies (CEEPUS)
WU coordinates the AMADEUS network within the CEEPUS program. The AMADEUS network is one of the largest CEEPUS networks and was founded in the 1994/95 academic year. Within the framework of this network, WU students are given the opportunity to spend exchange semesters at CEEPUS partner universities. Students from Central and Eastern Europe can come to Vienna. Faculty exchange is also supported by CEEPUS.
The Copernicus Alliance is a European network of universities committed to transformative learning and change for sustainable development.
European Common Online Learning Initiative (ECOL)
The European Common Online Learning Initiative (ECOL) is an initiative by renowned European universities. The participating institutions offer online courses and reserve a fixed number of places for students from the other universities. Courses will be adapted to adhere to EU principles like innovation, digitalization, sustainability, and inclusion.
European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management & Business Administration (EDAMBA)
The European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management & Business Administration (EDAMBA), is an organization dedicated to developing and ensuring the highest standards in doctoral studies in the fields of "Management" and "Business Studies".
European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM)
The European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) is an international network for research and teaching in the field of management.
"Erasmus+" is a program of the European Union for mobility in education. It supports stays abroad of students, teachers and staff at Erasmus+ partner universities in the European Higher Education Area. The "Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility" program also allows for stays at selected WU partner universities outside the European Higher Education Area.
The network was founded in 2000. Eurasia-Pacific Uninet is the largest independent university network of its kind in Europe. Its aim is to support interdisciplinary scientific exchange between its member institutions by providing scholarships for post-docs and doctoral students coming to Austria, projects and summer schools.
European University Association (EUA)
The European University Association represents more than 800 universities and national rectors' conferences in 48 European countries. The EUA plays a crucial role in the Bologna Process and in shaping EU policies in higher education, research and innovation. Through continuous interaction with a wide range of European and international organizations, the EUA ensures that the independent voice of European universities is heard.
The Fulbright Program, named after US Senator James W. Fulbright (1905–1995), is one of the most well-known and renowned mobility programs for US scholars. The program’s objective is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Applicants are subject to a stringent selection process conducted by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars on behalf of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.
WU has two Fulbright Chairs, the Fulbright-WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) Visiting Professor, assigned to a different WU department every year, and the Fulbright-Kathryn and Craig Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe, assigned permanently to the Department of Strategy and Innovation.
International Association of Universities (IAU)
Founded in 1950 under the auspices of UNESCO, the International Association of Universities (IAU) is the leading association of higher education institutions and organizations worldwide.
As a global forum for higher education leaders, the IAU connects its members and is the voice of higher education for a wide range of international and intergovernmental organizations, especially UNESCO.
International Legal Network of Excellence (THEMIS)
The THEMIS network focuses on international business law and is a joint initiative of renowned international universities. All of these schools offer the THEMIS Certificate in International and Business Law program, which consists of 3 parts: an exchange semester abroad, an internship, and a seminar.
Network for European and US Regional and Urban Studies (NEURUS)
As a member of the Network for European and US Regional and Urban Studies (NEURUS), WU cooperates with partner schools in the field of urban and regional development. The program gives students the opportunity to spend a semester as a NEURUS Exchange Fellow, conducting research for their master’s or doctoral thesis at one of the partner universities.
Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research (SCANCOR)
SCANCOR facilitates international collaboration among researchers in the social sciences, especially in the field of organization studies. The network arranges conferences and workshops and enables members to spend time at Stanford and Harvard.
Scholars at Risk
Scholars at Risk is an association of more than 500 higher education institutions in 39 countries that provide threatened or persecuted researchers with the opportunity to spend time working at member universities as guest scholars.
Societal Impact and Global Management Alliance (SIGMA)
SIGMA is an international alliance of outstanding business and economics universities with a strong focus on multidisciplinary issues relating to social transformation and social responsibility in research and teaching.
Universities for Enlightenment
On the initiative of Universities Austria (uniko), ten European rectors' conferences gathered in Vienna in December 2018 to sign the so called "Vienna Statement".
The university representatives underline their strong belief in the fundamental values of higher education, that reflect the achievements of enlightenment, and warn against any form of undermining of independent research and institutional autonomy. At the same time, they express their concern at movements that threaten the democratic character of their institutions and societies.
The partners of the Universities for Enlightenment initiative have agreed to keep each other updated on current developments and they also plan common activitities aiming at strenthening the public discourse on the matter.