Academic Standards

Outstanding Quality

WU’s triple accreditation status and excellent performance in international rankings confirm the high quality of our teaching. Not content with resting on our laurels, however, we are always striving to improve and implement quality control measures on a regular basis.

It’s important to WU to occupy a top position among other business schools with regard to our teaching and research, and our three prestigious international accreditations confirm that we do. Fewer than 1% of all business and economics universities worldwide can claim the distinction of being accredited by three of the most internationally renowned accreditation agencies: EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA. In the German-speaking region, WU is one of only six universities to belong to this exclusive group.

We are working continuously to offer our students better programs and improved studying conditions, and our efforts have been rewarded with international recognition: In the 2018 UNESCO report on “Internal Quality Assurance: Enhancing higher education quality and graduate employability,” WU is named as one of eight best practice examples for academic in-house quality control.

Studying More Efficiently

Studying, especially before important exams, can be very stressful. The Learning Ergonomics initiative helps students learn how to study more efficiently. The following programs are available to our students in the prep weeks before major exams:

  • Exercise programs are held in the Library & Learning Center free of charge. Students can use their study breaks to recharge their batteries by participating in courses like study yoga, meditation, qigong, or Pilates, taught by trained teachers.
  • A few days before the start of the prep week, students are sent a newsletter on healthy studying habits. This email newsletter provides useful information and tips on how exercise, nutrition, relaxation, and workplace ergonomics can affect studying.
  • An online resource with a collection of tips and suggestions for more effective studying is also available to students.

Learn Public – WU4Juniors

WU has been interested in increasing the financial literacy of Austria’s citizens for years. Our studies have shown that especially young people do not have a sufficient grasp of economic relationships. To try and change this, WU has launched the WU4Juniors program in cooperation with the Berndorf Private Foundation and the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV).

The Institute for Business Education developed interactive online modules with teaching videos and review questions on economics- and business-related topics. Participants receive a badge for each successfully completed module, and a certificate after completing the entire program. An on-campus summer school session is planned for 2019, to give particularly motivated teens an opportunity to learn more.

Schools are also invited to use WU4Juniors in the classroom. The topics and the corresponding modules are ideal for supporting high-school level teaching in geography, social studies, history, political sciences, and mathematics.

“Many countries are pressing ahead with activities to promote financial literacy at all levels of the education system. Austria has been lagging behind until now. All experts agree that the population’s knowledge of economics is lacking. As a business and economics university, we see it as our duty to not just talk about what needs to be done, but to actually do something about it. We hope that our program will help get teens interested in economic issues, strengthen their own entrepreneurial skills, and motivate them to learn more, either by studying at WU or by starting their own business. Long term, we hope to actively contribute to and increase Austrian teens’ understanding of the economy and economic relationships. If we can provide a strong foundation early on, young people will have a much better understanding of these complex issues later in life.”
Rector Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger

Fair, Transparent Selection Procedures

To be admitted to WU, students have to complete a selection procedure. This procedure is intended to ensure that the limited number of places available are given to motivated, talented students, independent of gender, origin, nationality, or any other social factors.

A special task force was set up in 2018 to ensure that the social dimension was being sufficiently acknowledged in WU’s admission procedures. The task force team includes both academic and administrative staff members. It evaluates admission procedures, analyzes international best practice examples, and makes suggestions to the Rector’s Council to make sure that selection procedures are fair and balanced.

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