In Focus: In Its Fourth Decade, Webster Vienna Preps for Big Move

| July 15, 2013
The classic Palais Wenkheim is conveniently located near the heart of Vienna at Praterstrasse 23 in the 2nd district near the Danube Canal between Schwedenplatz and Nestroyplatz U-bahn stops.

The classic Palais Wenkheim is conveniently located near the heart of Vienna at Praterstrasse 23 in the 2nd district near the Danube Canal.

Webster University’s campus in Vienna, Austria, has been open since 1981 and celebrated its 30th anniversary back in 2011. Now the campus is prepared for a big move — literally — in its fourth decade of serving students in Austria.

IR head Sam Schubert and campus director Arthur Hirsh in the courtyard of the historic Palais Wenkheim, the future home of Webster Vienna.

IR head Sam Schubert and campus director Arthur Hirsh in the courtyard of the historic Palais Wenkheim, the future home of Webster Vienna.

After much preparation, Webster Vienna expects to move to the historic Palais Wenkheim in fall 2014.

With the move comes the opportunity to double the undergraduate student enrollment and move the campus location from its current location in a relaxed and park-like environment to a vibrant Vienna metropolitan neighborhood.

The classic Palais Wenkheim’s convenient location near the heart of Vienna,  between Schwedenplatz and Nestroyplatz U-bahn stops, should broaden the pool of potential students at Webster University Vienna, which boasts dual accreditation from both the U.S. and Austria.

“We have tremendous opportunity to attract new students from around the world to Vienna,” says Arthur Hirsh, campus director. “The city of Vienna consistently ranks as one of the world’s top cities to live in according to the annual Mercer Quality of Living Survey. I expect the location, combined with Webster’s worldwide reputation for quality academics, will attract more student scholars from the U.S. and other countries.”

Webster Vienna draws students from around the world, like all Webster campuses, but particularly from Austria eastward and throughout Eastern Europe.

Opportunity for Further Research in Europe
visiting faculty member, Rob Dassonowsky engages students in an animated discussion of film history and the use of Realism in film. The students are studying in Webster’s School of Communications’ Film Studies program.

Visiting faculty member Robert Dassanowsky engages students in a discussion of the use of Realism in film history. The students at Webster Vienna are studying in Webster’s School of Communications’ Film Studies program.

Sam Schubert, head of the International Relations department at Webster Vienna, sees the new location as an opportunity to further focus on research and attract academically talented students.

“Research is incredibly important in Europe,” Schubert said. “We’re involved in extensive research right now and we will have the opportunity to expand research opportunities for faculty and students in the additional space.”

Johannes Pollak, a permanent faculty member of the International Relations department, became a member of the Academic Directorate of the German Institute for European Politics.

The membership is by invitation only and based on academic credentials. With currently only 40 individual members, the invitation is testament to Pollak’s excellent scholarly track record.

Diverse Student Body

Like other Webster locations, Webster Vienna is known for small class sizes and personalized attention for students — an inviting setting that provides students in the Austrian capital with a unique American style of higher education.

Webster Vienna’s approximate 500 students represent over 60 nationalities making it one of Webster’s most diverse campus locations. More than 2200 students have graduated from Webster Vienna since the campus location opened in 1981.

Chris Kummer, Webster University faculty member and director of Walker School Graduate Business Programs at Webster Vienna, appreciates the diversity of the student body. “Webster offers reciprocal value between faculty and students,” he said. “Students inject great energy and international perspectives into our classroom discussions. It keeps it interesting.”

Kummer

Kummer

Kummer was recently recognized as the “Professor of the Week” by the prestigious Financial Times, one of the world’s preeminent business news and information sources. Kummer is a recognized media expert in mergers, acquisitions and finance.

Webster Worldwide

Webster Vienna is part of Webster University’s worldwide network of campus locations in the U.S., Switzerland, Austria, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Thailand, China and soon, Ghana. Webster students have a unique opportunity to travel amongst campus locations; take academically rigorous courses taught in English; enjoy small classes and personalized attention, resulting in a Webster University degree and a truly global perspective.

Visit Webster Vienna’s website.

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