Awards and Distinctions

WU Awards 2022: Turning the spotlight on excellence


At the "WU Awards 2022" ceremony, more than 317 award winners from the WU community were honored for their excellent achievements.

Students, teachers, and researchers have all distinguished themselves with valuable contributions to the further development of academia, the economy, and society.

WU is one of Europe’s leading business and economics universities. This is confirmed not only by WU’s triple accreditation awarded by EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA but also by top placements in international rankings for WU programs and numerous awards and distinctions. The members of the WU community deliver excellence on a daily basis – in their teaching and research. Once a year, WU presents the WU Awards to turn the spotlight on the outstanding achievements of its students, teachers, and researchers. The award winners, many of them recipients of multiple awards, have distinguished themselves through their academic curiosity, their novel approaches to teaching and knowledge transfer, and their innovative research.

    Award-winning teaching: The Excellent and Innovative Teaching Awards

    For the Excellent Teaching Award, WU students nominate the teachers who have particularly inspired and motivated them with their enthusiasm for sharing their expertise during the previous academic year.

      Video Excellent Teaching

      Excellent Teaching


      Recipients of the 2022 Excellent Teaching Award:

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      Recipients of the 2022 Excellent Teaching Award with WU Vice Rectors Michael Lang and Harald Badinger as well as ÖH Deputy Chairman Konstantin Steiner.

      Particularly novel and creative course designs are recognized with the Innovative Teaching Award. This year’s awards focused on international teaching and learning.

        Video Innovative Teaching

        Innovative Teaching


        Recipients of the 2022 Innovative Teaching Award:

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        Recipients of the 2022 Innovative Teaching Award with WU Vice Rectors Michael Lang and Harald Badinger

        A spotlight on research excellence

        WU Vienna makes outstanding contributions to help solve the economic, social, and ecological challenges of our time, on both regional and global levels. Over 250 research papers were selected to receive an award in recognition of their trailblazing methods and results.

        Recipients of the Star Journals Award:

        Video Research Excellence (Part 1)

        Research Excellence (Part 1)


        Video Research Excellence (Part 2)

        Research Excellence (Part 2)


        Video Research Excellence (Part 3)

        Research Excellence (Part 3)


        Talenta: Our award for excellent theses by WU students

        Together with the WU Anniversary Fund of the City of Vienna, WU presents the Talenta Awards to the authors of the year’s three best bachelor’s and master's theses. The promising theses written by our (young) researchers are highly socially relevant.

        Award-winning master’s theses:

        • Diyar Alagöz: The Effects of Election – Based Policy Uncertainty in Borrower Countries on the Pricing of Syndicated Loans

        • Sophia Heyne: Social Capital of Afghan and Syrian Refugees in Austria: A Gender-Sensitive Analysis

        • Matthias Hrinkow: What is “key”? The development of non-financial KPI of listed Austrian and German companies

        • Benjamin Müller: Monitoring and Projecting Global Hunger: Evaluating the Predictive Power of Modeling Methods

        • Alisa Madeleine Hirn: Trust over control? On the function and dimensions of trust in the context of vaccination readiness against Covid-19.

        Award Ceremony "Talenta"

        "Talenta" Award winners with WU Vice Rectors Michael Lang and Harald Badinger as well as Head of MA7 Daniel Löcker

        Award-winning bachelor’s theses:

        • Rosanna Antonia Pottmann: When professional isolation reduces teleworkers’ willingness to go the extra mile: Does transformational leadership make difference?

        • Marlena Niedl: The role of consumer education in Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for textiles in the EU

        • Caroline Lackinger: The use of Social Media from a VAT perspective

        • Mario Michael Justen: Stay positive, stay successful? The influence of communicated executive sentiment on strategic outcomes in times of crisis

        • Maximilian Rudorfer: Routing Matrix Mining in Rail Freight Transport

        Award ceremony "Talenta"

        "Talenta" Award winners with WU Vice Rectors Michael Lang and Harald Badinger as well as Head of MA7 Daniel Löcker

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