WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Vienna, Austria

No. Students: 24,000
Funding type: Public
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New Campus

The new Campus WU will be opening in time for the winter semester 2013/14. With around 100,000 m2 of floor space, the project is one of the largest university building sites in the EU. There will be room to communicate, discuss, exchange ideas, study, teach, research, discover, relax, and just let go.

The new site, located between the Messe Wien trade fair complex and the beautiful Prater Park is large enough to build a spacious campus with multiple building complexes. It is conveniently accessible with public transport and has direct access to the Prater Park. A number of outstanding, international architects are involved in planning and realizing the new WU campus.

About

WU has around 24,000 students benefiting from WU´s outstanding faculty and its wide selection of degree programs at the bachelor, master and PhD/doctoral levels. Internationally-oriented programs, some of them taught entirely in English, are attracting an increasing number of international students to WU. Currently, one out of every four WU students is from outside Austria. Numerous services are available to help international students get their bearings here in Vienna.

The WU faculty is made up of 11 academic Departments and 16 Research Institutes. Strategic emphasis is placed on research in finance, business law, and Central and Eastern Europe, the latter especially through the Competence Center for CEE. WU is well-known for its unique entrepreneurial and collaborative culture, and its truly international spirit. WU professors play key roles as innovators and peers in a variety of scientific communities. Internationalization has always been one of WU´s strongest assets. As a member of numerous international networks such as CEMS and PIM, WU has access to high-profile international partners for collaboration on different levels and topics. WU also hosts the Vienna Graduate School of Finance and its excellent, internationally-oriented PhD program.

Studying at WU also means studying at the heart of Europe in one of the world´s safest and most beautiful cities. Vienna, a city perfectly balanced between tradition and the cutting edge, is sure to provide you with numerous opportunities to continue your education both in and outside the classroom.

Accreditations

The EQUIS accreditation is without a doubt WUs most important international quality assurance standard. The limited circle of EQUIS accredited business schools includes only 130 universities in 36 countries. WU is the largest of the EQUIS accredited schools in Europe, and one of only five accredited universities in the German-speaking world.

A clear mission statement and a modern and comprehensive selection of degree programs in line with the Bologna reform process convinced the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), the agency that grants EQUIS accreditation, that WU is worthy of this distinction. Quality and practical relevance of teaching, as well as the international orientation of the academic programs, were further criteria. Graduates qualifications and research activities were also evaluated, and all of these aspects, together with WUs continuing education program portfolio, formed the basis for the panels positive decision.

EQUIS accreditation and the quality control process preceding it have added to WUs reputation both in Austria and abroad. To meet the quality regulations, WU is subject to continuous and comprehensive quality assurance procedures. Important criteria for these procedures include:

The universitys strategic development

Internationalization

Connections to the business community

Quality management

AMBA (Association of MBAs) is one of the worlds leading accreditation agencies, alongside renowned institutions such as EQUIS, AACSB and FIBAA. AMBAs prestigious quality assurance goes only to MBA and DBA programs that fulfill AMBAs high standards.

All of WU Executive Academys MBA programs are AMBA accredited:

* Executive MBA (Vienna)
* Executive MBA (Bucharest)
* Executive MBA (PGM Vienna)
* Professional MBA

Services

A Library and Learning Center (LLC) is to connect counselling and library facilities, thus facilitating all aspects of studying in all its functions. A university without books, without a traditional library, is inconceivable; but at the same time a university without the latest technology is not state-of-the-art. Both of these meet and complement one another ideally in the LLC. The LLC stays open for students and employees 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Optimum circumstances for work are thus engendered.

Student life

With its present roster of some 23,000 students, the Vienna University of Economics and Business is quite bursting at the seams, which does not make it easy to study, to work and to research. That will change in 2013. There will be space for every student, every professor and every single faculty member. There will be space for communicating, for discussing, for exchanging ideas, for studying, for teaching, for researching, for discovering, for relaxing and for letting go.
The new 91,000 m2 location, between Messe (Fair) and the Prater, offers more space and the opportunity to set up a campus with multiple buildings. It is easily reachable via public transport and has direct access to the recreational area of the Prater. A good place arises among great surroundings.

The Assembly Hall forms the center of communication, stimulating student life. The university, however, also needs a connection with its surroundings and with society. It is a social space where people meet, communicate, study, work and even relax. Attractions on the site and outside of university operations guarantee urban life on campus, while an artistic and intellectual centre for political debate and cultural events at a reasonable price can evolve. A new centre of activity space is forged.


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