Vienna University of Economics and Business

About the organization

The Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna) was founded in 1898. With about 23,000 students from Austria and abroad, the WU Vienna is the EU's largest educational institution for economics and business, business law, and social sciences. It is accredited by the US‐American AACSB, the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the MBA studies are accredited by the Association of MBAs. The core expertise of the Institute for Business Education (IBE) in research and teaching (Master programme Business Education, Bachelor programme Business Training) is the professional design of economic learning and teaching processes in operational but also school contexts. The IBE has a profound competence in curriculum development for vocational teacher training study programs. A very high emphasis is placed on the question of how entrepreneurial spirit and business knowledge generally relevant for start‐ups could be promoted.

The WU Vienna is well experienced with TEMPUS projects and Erasmus+ projects and has participated and coordinated several Tempus projects in recent years – e.g. EERF and EINSEE (coordinator) and the project BUSEEG (coordinator Prof. Fortmüller). Moreover, the IBE has coordinated the Erasmus+ project CACTLE (coordinator Prof. Aff) and was the project partner in the Erasmus+ project ITE-VET (coordinator Prof. Deissinger, University of Konstanz). There is a Competence Center for Central and Eastern Europe established at the WU.

Role and function in the project

The Institute for Business Education of the Vienna University of Economics and Business is to make contributions to the achievement of the objectives of the project - in particular to equipping the staff involved into PBG with knowledge on the specifics of learning and teaching processes in vocational and other contexts, on the mechanisms of cooperation with vocational schools.

The other tasks, which are to be performed during the project, include:

  • providing continuous informational support to the Ukrainian partners in the establishment of structures for realisation of PBG mechanisms
  • organisation of a workshop in Vienna and staff trainings for Ukrainian partners
  • hosting study visits of Ukrainian staff and students
  • active and regular participation in project activities
  • review of the developed concepts and their evaluation

Contact person of the project team of the WU Vienna

ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Richard Fortmüller

Deputy Head of Institute for Business Education