Awards and Distinctions

WU's interactive gender equality report awarded


In the jury's view, WU's digital gender equality report is "a big success" in diversity management.

On the proposal of the independent expert jury, a "Diversitas" main prize of 25,000 euros was awarded to WU. The appointed jury proposed the initiative "Gender Monitoring: WU's digital and interactive gender equality report" as highly deserving of an award. After the award for the performance evaluation concept uLiKe in 2016, the "Diversitas" main prize thus goes once again to WU. The award ceremony took place on 12 December 2022 in the Aula der Wissenschaften.

From the jury's point of view, WU's digital gender equality report was "a great hit", said Dr. Roberta Schaller-Steidl, Head of Department V/Equality and Diversity Management at the BMBWF. Dry numbers become alive in it - the tool encourages "to interactively deal with the equality status of the University of Economics and Business Administration, to look at where there are deficits, to address them and to work on them. The jury is convinced that this initiative has the potential to make gender equality more of an issue within the University of Economics and Business Administration, as comprehensive benchmarking is now possible. The interactive, digital gender equality report of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration will significantly increase the understanding of gender equality measures and evidence-based policies, Schaller-Steidl said in the jury's statement.

After an interview on the initiative conducted by Johannes Kaup (ORF) with the Vice Rector for Teaching and Students, Margarethe Rammerstorfer, and the Head of Gender and Diversity Policy at WU, Sonja Lydtin, together with Rainer Baier (Business Education) and Frederik Lange (Staff Office for Gender and Diversity Policy), they accepted one of the five main prizes and congratulations from the Minister of Education, Martin Polaschek - also on behalf of Maria Kutzelnig from the Office of the Rectorate, who made the production of the new Equality Report possible.

The WU Interactive Gender Equality Report

Since the reporting year 2019, the WU Gender Equality Report has been published as an online version with interactive elements so that users* can adapt the evaluations to their own interests. For example, they can click on the personnel category or organizational unit that they want to look at in more detail. The goal is to raise awareness of the issue of gender equality at WU. Under this link you will find the interactive Gender Equality Report for 2021. An accessible presentation and summary of the most important developments is also provided by the Executive Summary in German and English. For more information, please visit this WU-webpage on equal opportunities in figures.

Diversity Management Award Diversitas

The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research has been awarding the 'Diversitas' Diversity Management Prize, worth 150,000 euros, every two years since 2016. The award recognizes Austrian higher education and research institutions for outstanding, innovative achievements in the field of diversity management. Awards are given for achievements that have recently led to a significant diversity-specific revival at the institution's own institution.

Foto credit: BMBWF/Martin Lusser

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