WU’s activities in education and research all have an international dimension, as well. Ensuring quality and maintaining a high profile on the increasingly competitive international education market is and will continue to be one of WU’s most important challenges. WU’s comprehensive internationalization strategy focuses on the following key areas:
In its academic programs, WU intends to sharpen its profile by strengthening its international position through its English-taught master’s and PhD programs.
All WU researchers are also active members of the international scientific community and maintain their respective standards. WU is also aiming for excellence and increased international recognition in several multidisciplinary areas.
One of the main aspects of WU’s internationalization strategy is encouraging and supporting student and faculty mobility and the integration of international students and faculty, based on the principle, “Internationalization begins at home.” WU will work to achieve these goals by offering in-house training and support programs, by strengthening WU’s bilingual communications in English and German, and by offering a professional Welcome Services center.
Maintaining and developing international cooperation agreements, strengthening WU’s international branding, expanding international career services, and extending the global alumni network also rank high among WU’s objectives.
The WU International Board is an advisory board. The members meet once a year in Vienna (at WU Vienna) with the Rector’s Council to identify, share, and discuss current and future issues and challenges in international and European higher education – especially in regard to possible strategic actions, reactions, and developments at WU Vienna.
The WU International Board is comprised of 8 members, a group of internationally renowned and experienced Deans, Vice-Deans, and experts in the fields of higher education, research, and higher education management.
The current members of the WU International Board are:
Konstantine Gatsios - Athens University of Economics and Business
Seppo Ikäheimo - Aalto University
Hana Machkova - University of Economics, Prague
Andy Policano - UCI Paul Merage School of Business
Howard Thomas - Lee Kong Chian School of Business
Marie-Thérèse Claes - Louvain School of Management
Per Holten-Andersen - Copenhagen Business School
Marianne Schenk - Julius Bär
Thomas Bieger - Universität St. Gallen
Catherine Cassells - Birmingham Business School
From left to right: Policano, Ikäheimo, Oppitz, Claes, Holten-Andersen, Schenk, Gatsios, Hanappi-Egger, Rammerstorfer, Thomas, Badinger, Lang
Networks & Initiatives
Among others, WU is member of the following networks and initiatives:
CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Program for University Studies) is a mobility program enhancing the exchange of students and faculty in Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe. The main activity of CEEPUS is providing an umbrella organisation for university networks operating exchange programs.
CEMS is a global alliance of leading business schools, multinational companies, and NGOs that together offer the CEMS Master's in International Management program. WU is the only institution in Austria being a member of CEMS.
ERASMUS+ is the EU's flagship exchange program, aimed at enhancing cooperation between higher education institutions across Europe. ERASMUS programs allow students and also faculty and university staff to study or take part in internships, teaching and training activities abroad.
The European University Association (EUA) is the representative organisation of universities and national rectors’ conferences in 47 European countries. EUA plays a crucial role in the Bologna Process and in influencing EU policies on higher education, research and innovation.
GBSN (Global Business School Network) is a network of prestigious business school that have joined forces to support management education in the developing world. GBSN serves to facilitate collaboration and share knowledge, advancing management education that delivers international best practice with local relevance.
GRLI is both a formal partnership of 50 organisations (11 companies, 36 learning institutions and 3 global organisations) and a less formal global community comprising a number of organisations involved informally in communities of responsible action.
IAU, founded in 1950, is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. It brings together institutions and organisations from some 120 countries for reflection and action on common concerns and collaborates with various international, regional and national bodies active in higher education.
NEURUS (Network of European and US Regional and Urban Studies) enables students to work on their academic projects in one of the NEURUS host countries, with support from the host university's faculty.
PIM (Partnership in International Management) is a worldwide consortium of highly renowned business schools. PIM facilitates the development of international cooperation among members, fostering the development of joint programs, student and faculty exchange, and joint research.
The PRME were developed in 2007 by an international task force of sixty deans, university presidents and official representatives of leading business schools and academic institutions.The idea of developing a principle-based global engagement platform for academic institutions follows from a recommendation by all academic stakeholders of the UN Global Compact.
The idea was officially introduced by the Global Compact Office at the Global Forum "Business as an Agent of World Benefit" at Case Western Reserve University in October 2006.
Under the coordination of the UN Global Compact and leading academic institutions, the PRME task force developed a set of six principles which lay the foundation for the global platform for responsible management education.
THEMIS represents a network of top universities which have come together to create a new standard in business law in response to an ever-increasing demand for law professionals with international know-how and expertise.