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Rector's Council

The Rector’s Council is the main executive body at WU, leading the institution and representing it in its external relations. It is composed of the Rector and four Vice-Rectors. Its responsibilities are defined primarily in § 22 of the Universities Act 2002, including the following (this is an exemplary list, and the various responsibilities are not ranked by importance):

  • Preparing WU’s Organizational Structure Plan and Strategic Plan

  • Preparing and negotiating a draft for WU’s Performance Agreement with the government

  • Appointing the heads of organizational units

  • Concluding target agreements with the heads of organizational units

  • Budget allocation; preparing an annual performance report, financial statement, and intellectual capital report

The distribution of responsibilities among the members of the Rector’s Council is based on the Rules of Procedure of the Rector’s Council. The members of the Rector's Council for the term from 2015 to 2019:

Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing.Dr.techn. Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger
Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing.Dr.techn. Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger

Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger completed her doctorate in information technologies at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) in 1990. She has been a visiting researcher in Stockholm, Toronto, and Oslo, among others, and was the recipient of an Austrian Academy of Sciences grant from 1993 to 1996. In 1996, she received her venia docendi in applied information technologies from TU Vienna, where she worked as an associate professor until 2001. She has been Professor for Gender & Diversity in Organizations at WU since 2002. Hanappi-Egger has published over 350 papers on gender and diversity in organizations, has spent time at numerous international research institutions (most recently at LSE and McGill University), and previously held an EU Jean Monnet Chair.

She sat on the University Board of Graz University of Technology from 2008 to 2013. Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger was Chair of the WU Senate from 2006 to 2009, and Head of the Department of Management from 2012 to 2014. She has been Rector of WU since October 1, 2015, and is the first woman to ever hold this position.


  • Coordinating the Rector’s Council

  • WU-wide strategic matters and organizational development

  • Cooperation with the University Board, the Senate, and the Council of Department Chairs

  • Executive Academy (continuing education & post graduate programs)

  • Faculty recruiting 

  • International affairs (in cooperation with VR Littich)

  • Marketing

  • Internal and external communications

  • Accreditations

  • Representing WU to the outside

  • Corporate Relations and Alumni Services


The Rector’s personal secretary is Martin Hlinomaz (+43 1 31336 5360)

Members of the press please contact: Mag. Cornelia Moll (+43 1 31336 4977)

For general inquiries to the Rector’s Council Office, please contact: Mag. Roland Humer MA (+43 1 31336 5499)

ao.Univ.Prof. Mag.Dr.rer.soc.oec. Edith Littich
ao.Univ.Prof. Mag.Dr.rer.soc.oec. Edith Littich

Edith Littich earned her doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences in 1991, and her venia docendi in 1999. She worked at WU’s Institute for Operations Research from 1987 to 2010, acting as Head of the Institute from 2005 to 2010. She has also spent time as a guest professor at the University of South Carolina, Moore-Business School. Since 2010, she has been a professor at the Institute for Banking, Finance and Insurance. She has been the recipient of several awards, including the WU Innovative Teaching Award and the WU E-Learning Award.

In October of 2011, she took over as Vice-Rector for Academic Programs and Student Affairs. In this position, she has been successful in implementing numerous projects and improvements, especially in the area of teaching and learning infrastructure, and in improving conditions for both students and faculty. She began her second term as Vice-Rector for Academic Programs and Student Affairs on October 1, 2015.


  • Academic programs and examinations, study-related law

  • Program and quality management in teaching

  • International affairs related to teaching and academic programs

  • Extracurricular programs (Top League, Service Learning)

  • Language Resource Center

  • WU ZBP Career Center

Vice-Rector Littich’s secretaries are Gabriele Nistler (+43 1 31336 5502) and Angela Selucky (+43 1 31336 5359)

Michaela Kobler-Weiß (+43 1 31336 5560) acts as Assistant to the Vice-Rector

Univ.Prof. Dr. DDr.h.c. Michael Lang
Univ.Prof. Dr. DDr.h.c. Michael Lang

Michael Lang studied legal sciences and completed his doctorate in law at the University of Vienna. He came to WU in 1987, first as a teaching assistant, then as an assistant professor. He left academia to work full and then part time in the legal sector, and was with Deloitte until 2004. He was appointed Professor of Tax Law with a special focus on International Tax Law at WU in 1994. He has been a guest professor at Georgetown Law School, New York University, Sorbonne, Bocconi, Peking University (PKU), the University of New South Wales (Sydney), and other academic institutions. In addition to functions in numerous academic organizations, he has been President of the International Fiscal Association, Austrian Branch, since 2005.

Michael Lang has been Head of the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law since 1998. From 2008 to 2015 he was Head of the Department of Public Law and Tax Law. From 2003 – 2005 he was Chairman of Professors and Senate Chair at WU. He has been the Vice-Rector for Human Resources since October 1, 2015.


  • Human resources

  • Personnel development and planning, including diversity management

  • General legal affairs


Christina Stein (+43 1 31336 5811) acts as Assistant to the Vice-Rector.

Univ.Prof. Mag.Dr.rer.soc.oec. Stefan Pichler
Univ.Prof. Mag.Dr.rer.soc.oec. Stefan Pichler

Stefan Pichler obtained his doctorate in business administration from the University of Graz in 1994, where he then worked for several years as an assistant professor. He then went on to TU Wien, where he earned his venia docendi in 1999. In 2003, he was appointed full professor of banking and finance at WU, and he was also named head of the Institute for Banking. In addition to his academic work, Professor Pichler has also been involved in numerous consulting projects for banks and public-sector organizations.

At WU, Professor Pichler has served as Academic Director of the master’s degree programs in Quantitative Finance and Finance and Accounting, and as head of the Institute for Finance, Banking and Insurance. He remains a faculty member of the Vienna Graduate School of Finance. Professor Pichler took office as Vice-Rector for Research on October 1, 2015.


  • Research and research-related issues

  • University Library

  • Information and communications technology

  • Information security


Stefanie Errath (+43 1 31336 4418) acts as Assistant to the Vice-Rector.

Univ.Prof. Mag.Dr.rer.soc.oec. Harald Badinger
Univ.Prof. Mag.Dr.rer.soc.oec. Harald Badinger

Harald Badinger completed his doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences at WU in 2001. He worked at WU’s Research Institute for European Affairs from 1999 to 2007, and in 2007 he received his venia docendi in economics. He conducted research at the Center for Economic Studies at LMU Munich as part of an Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship and then went on to work at the Economic Studies Division of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB).

In March 2010, Harald Badinger was appointed full professor at WU, where he has been heading the Institute for International Economics. He served as Deputy Chair of WU’s Department of Economics from 2012 to 2015. Professor Badinger took office as Vice-Rector for Financial Affairs on October 1, 2015.


  • Finance and accounting, budget management

  • Financial control

  • Fundraising and the management of third-party funding

  • Campus, room, and facility management

  • Purchasing and procurement

  • Investments in facilities, infrastructure, and equipment


Vice-Rector Badinger’s personal secretary is Angela Selucky (+43 1 31336 5359)