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Rector welcomes first-year students to WU

WU wants to make sure that its first-semester stu­dents get off to a good start and help them to fa­mil­i­ar­ize them­selves with this large uni­versity. WU provides sup­port and guid­ance to its first-semester stu­dents and of­fers a num­ber of events to show them that des­pite its large size, WU can of­fer its stu­dents both high qual­ity and in­di­vidual sup­port. Rector Edel­traud Hanap­pi-Eg­ger and Edith Lit­tich, Vice-Rector for Aca­demic Pro­grams and Stu­dent Af­fairs, per­son­ally wel­comed this year’s first-semester stu­dents at the Wel­come to WU event, provid­ing them with valu­able tips and in­form­a­tion. The Rector and Vice-Rector also hos­ted a Wel­come Re­cep­tion for the first gen­er­a­tion of stu­dents start­ing out in WU’s new Bach­elor’s Pro­gram in Busi­ness and Eco­nom­ics. These events give stu­dents the in­form­a­tion they need to get off to a good start in their de­gree pro­grams, keep­ing stu­dents from feel­ing isol­ated or over­whelmed at uni­versity.

The wel­come events for first-semester stu­dents not only provide op­por­tun­it­ies for new­comers to WU to get to know their fu­ture fel­low stu­dents in a re­laxed at­mo­sphere, but also to ob­tain in­form­a­tion about the vari­ous sup­port and ad­vising ser­vices avail­able at WU.

A wide range of sup­port ser­vices

“Many stu­dents ex­per­i­ence un­cer­tainty due to WU’s large size and the amount of self-­man­age­ment that is ne­ces­sary at uni­versity. This is true espe­cially for people who are the first in their fam­ily to go to uni­versity. To keep them from feel­ing over­whelmed and, ul­timately, drop­ping out from uni­versity al­to­gether, we’re of­fer­ing a wide range of sup­port ser­vices at WU, for in­stance our ment­or­ing pro­gram. I’d like to en­cour­age all of our first-year stu­dents to take ad­vant­age of the sup­port ser­vices we’re of­fer­ing,” says Rector Hanap­pi-Eg­ger. At the be­gin­ning of the new semester, the WU Blog pub­lishes spe­cial articles that ad­dress and answer fre­quently asked ques­tions about study­ing at WU. The Wel­come to WU event also in­cluded fun activ­it­ies like a quiz and a vote to se­lect the design of the WU T-shirt for the up­com­ing aca­demic year, which provided great op­por­tun­it­ies for new­comers to fa­mil­i­ar­ize them­selves with WU. The stu­dents start­ing out in WU’s new Eng­lish-taught bach­elor’s pro­gram were in­vited to at­tend a spe­cial Wel­come Re­cep­tion held in Eng­lish, where Rector Hanap­pi-Eg­ger and Vice-Rector Lit­tich gave them an in­tro­duc­tion to WU and provided them with all the key in­form­a­tion for get­ting off to a good start. “It is very im­port­ant to me per­son­ally to let our stu­dents know that they’re wel­come here and that we’re glad they’ve de­cided to study at WU,” says Edel­traud Hanap­pi-Eg­ger, ex­plain­ing why it is so im­port­ant to her to ex­tend a per­sonal wel­come to WU’s new first-semester stu­dents. “I hope that all the stu­dents start­ing out at WU this year will leave our uni­versity as suc­cess­ful gradu­ates.”

WU4You schol­ar­ships

Some of this year’s first-semester stu­dents re­ceive WU4You schol­ar­ships to be able to go to uni­versity. The WU4You schol­ar­ship pro­gram was ini­ti­ated by Rector Hanap­pi-Eg­ger and launched in 2016. It is aimed at tal­en­ted sec­ond­ary school stu­dents from low-in­come fam­il­ies liv­ing in Aus­tria. This win­ter semester, twelve people re­ceive fin­an­cial sup­port from the pro­gram to en­able them to study at WU. The schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents par­ti­cip­ate in WU’s ment­or­ing pro­gram and also re­ceive in­di­vidual coach­ing. In total, 29 WU stu­dents cur­rently re­ceive a WU4You schol­ar­ship.


Un­ter den Erst­semestri­gen befinden sich auch jene Per­sonen, die mit Un­terstützung des Sti­pen­di­ums WU4You an der WU stud­ieren. Das Pro­gramm, das 2016 auf Ini­ti­at­ive der Rek­t­orin ge­star­tet ist, richtet sich an beg­abte Schüler­innen und Schüler aus einkom­mensschwachen Fam­i­lien aus Öster­reich. In diesem Win­tersemester be­ginnen wieder zwölf Per­sonen mit fin­an­zi­eller Un­terstützung ihr Stu­dium an der WU. Zusätz­lich nehmen sie am Ment­or­ing­pro­gramm teil und er­hal­ten in­di­vidu­elles Coach­ing. Insges­amt stud­ieren derzeit 29 Per­sonen mit Hilfe des Sti­pen­di­ums an der WU.

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