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The Best Service for Our Alumni

WU has a very active alumni community. We keep them up to date on developments at their alma mater on a regular basis, and help them build up alumni networks in Austria and worldwide.

In 2019, we introduced a new funding model based on international standards, the first Austrian university to adopt such a model. Each of our approximately 55,000 alumni can now decide for themselves how much of a regular contribution they would like to make to WU.

We’re proud of our alumni and want them to stay in touch with us, so in 2019, we:

  • Launched a new alumni website
  • Redesigned our alumni magazine
  • Introduced new event formats
  • Presented the WU Alumni Recognition Award in the categories Knowledge Transfer, Networks, and Donations
WU Sommerfest

WU Alumni worldwide

What do the Austrian Salzkammergut region, Milan, and Bangkok have in common? WU graduates live and work there. For this reason, new WU Alumni Hubs were established at these locations in 2019. WU alumni can now meet and network at events in more than 60 hubs in Austria and around the world. Event formats range from half-day conferences with renowned international guest speakers, company visits, and cultural events to informal get-togethers.

Career coaching for women

The final step to top management is still a major hurdle for women. A new mentoring program initiated by the rector entitled “Wise Women of WU” was launched to help aspiring alumnae advance their careers. The program’s long-term goals include improving female graduates’ professional perspectives, increasing the number of women in management positions, and introducing young women to successful peers as role models

Women are still less likely to be considered as potential candidates for management positions because they are not part of the relevant networks. All too often, their careers hit a ceiling in second- or third-level management positions. And this is exactly where our new Wise Women of WU mentoring program comes in."
Rector Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger

In the program, experienced women in top management share their experiences with aspiring young managers and help them build up their own networks. The mentors and mentees enter into a one-on-one mentoring relationship to exchange experiences. The program is based on a give-and-take approach to make sure that mentors and mentees can benefit equally from the exchange of knowledge and experience involved in the relationship. The mentors support their mentees’ career development and share insights into their personal success strategies, while at the same time broadening their own horizons by entering into a dialog that bridges generational and hierarchical boundaries. Feedback from participants has been very positive.

“I received a lot of constructive feedback and support for my next career steps and my personal development. We had a great relationship, interacting as equals, and my mentor’s experience was a really valuable resource for me.”
Eveline Beer, mentee 2018/19

The program’s first year was so successful that the number of mentee applications rose considerably in the second year. At a pitching event on November 11, all invited candidates delivered impressive performances, and in the end 10 WU alumnae were selected for the 2019/20 year. To kick off the program, we organized a networking evening where mentors and mentees from both the first and the second years had the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences. The event was rounded off with an inspiring talk by professional mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner.

“I gained some very interesting insights into one young professional’s career and the challenges faced by young women in today's working world. I was particularly glad to be able to provide my mentee with tips and experiences from my own – strongly male-dominated – professional world and to give her some guidance for her next professional steps.”
Tatjana Oppitz, Vice-Rector for Infrastructure and Digitalization, mentor 2018/19 and 2019/20
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