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Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger re-appointed as rector of WU

Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger (54) has been re-appointed as rector of WU for the 2019–2023 period, after approval by both the Senate and the University Board.

Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger has been in office as WU rector since October 2015. She has ambitious plans for the coming period, starting on October 1, 2019: She wants to further promote WU’s international orientation, facilitate top-quality research, and support knowledge transfer with society. In addition to the challenges of the restructuring of public funding for universities, she also plans to focus on digitalization, an important aspect for the future. “Rector Hanappi-Egger’s presentation on her ideas for WU’s future was very convincing, and the Board’s decision was unanimous,” says University Board Chair Cattina Leitner.

Accreditation, new forms of performance assessment, English bachelor’s

In her first period, the rector focused on positioning WU as an excellent educational and research institution, resulting in the extension of WU’s five-year EQUIS reaccreditation. Together with its AACSB and AMBA accreditations, this makes WU one of only 1% of all universities worldwide to hold the prestigious triple accreditation. The rector’s initiative for alternative forms of evaluating researchers’ academic performance, as practiced at WU, has received recognition both in Austria and internationally. The idea behind this approach is to view a person’s academic achievements in a wider lifetime context, including aspects like caregiving responsibilities, activities in official positions, and academic age. The concept was awarded the Diversitas Prize by the Federal Ministry. Earlier this year, the rector announced that the first English-taught bachelor’s program in business and economics to be offered by an Austrian public university will be launched at WU in the fall of 2018. The demand for the program is very high. In addition, she has worked towards establishing a more welcoming environment at WU and founded the WU4You scholarship program, which gives talented students from low-income families the opportunity to study at WU.

Über die Person

Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger promovierte in Informatik an der TU Wien, absolvierte danach mehrere Forschungsaufenthalte u.a. in Stockholm, Toronto und Oslo. 1996 habilitierte sie sich im Bereich Angewandte Informatik an der TU Wien, wo sie bis 2002 als außerordentliche Professorin tätig war. Seit 2002 ist sie Professorin an der WU für Gender & Diversity in Organizations. Hanappi-Egger hat mehr als 350 Publikationen zu Gender/Diversität in Organisationen verfasst, war an mehreren internationalen Forschungsinstitutionen (z.B. an der LSE und McGill University) und hatte einen Jean Monnet Chair der EU inne. Von 2008 bis 2013 war sie Universitätsrätin der TU Graz, von 2006 bis 2009 Vorsitzende des Senats der WU und von 2012 bis 2014 Vorständin des Departments für Management. Seit 1.10.2015 ist sie Rektorin der WU, als erste Frau in dieser Position. Von Juni 2016 – Dezember 2017 hatte sie außerdem das Amt der Vizepräsidentin der Österreichischen Universitätenkonferenz (uniko) inne. Sie ist in zahlreichen internationalen Universitätsnetzwerken, in Aufsichtsgremien und Beiräten.

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