As Wenkheim Takes Shape, Austrian Media Tour Webster Vienna’s New Location

| June 26, 2014
Webster Vienna director Arthur Hirsh led the media on a tour of the University's new campus at Palais Wenkheim.

Webster Vienna director Arthur Hirsh and faculty member Johannes Pollak address the media at the University’s new location, the historic Palais Wenkheim.

As Webster University Vienna prepares for its much-anticipated move to the Palais Wenkheim in the city’s second district, campus representatives are spreading the word throughout the community: After 100 years as an institution and more than 30 years in Vienna, Webster University is reaching the next level. This week campus leaders briefed faculty and staff on what is in store as they execute the relocation this summer. That gathering was preceded by a special introduction and tour of the Palais Wenkheim for invited media.

As the media arrived in the atrium, media kits were provided.

As the media arrived in the atrium, media kits were provided.

Outside of the Palais Wenkheim, new home to Webster Vienna.

Outside the Palais Wenkheim, new home to Webster Vienna.

Campus director Arthur Hirsh and Political Sciences department head Johannes Pollak (stepping in for academic director Maria-Regina Kecht, who was out of town) spoke to reporters before leading them on a tour of the Wenkheim, which is changing each day as workers install furniture and prepare the space for students, faculty and staff.

The larger space, the central location – just minutes walk from the city center, with excellent public transport access – and the Wenkheim’s presence in a flourishing district all should help enable Webster Vienna’s growth, Hirsh said.

“The facility and location will make us much more attractive,” Hirsh said. “The residence for students at the nearby Residenz am Augarten will enable more students from beyond Vienna to study here.”

Moreover, Webster looks forward to being an integral part of the second district, which is undergoing an exciting revival.

“We are honored by the welcome we have received from Mr. Karlheinz Hora, head of Vienna’s second district,” Hirsh said. “We believe Webster will add something special to this district.”

For media new to the University, Hirsh explained Webster’s global orientation in eight countries on four continents, with Webster Vienna alone being home to students from 70 different countries, and faculty from over 30 countries.

Webster Vienna staff prepare for the media event.

Webster Vienna staff prepare for the media event.

Pollak spoke in German with reporters about the growth in students and faculty at Webster Vienna and the concurrent increase in academic programs and research.

As the move progresses, things are changing fast. On the day of the tour, visitors who saw empty rooms in the morning were liable to see them transformed by the afternoon.

During the tour, media saw space where state-of-the art technical equipment for motion media, audio, and video production students will be installed. Hirsh also described how video teleconferencing facilities will make possible interactive classrooms that involve students and faculty in real-time from Webster campuses around the world.

“Of course we aren’t pursuing growth for growth’s sake,” Hirsh said. “What all of this does is create better educational opportunities for more students who will find a home at Webster University in Vienna.”

Hirsh leads the media on a tour of the University's new campus at Palais Wenkheim. Pictured is one of the interior balconies in the atrium.

Hirsh leads the media on a tour of the University’s new campus at Palais Wenkheim. Pictured is one of the interior balconies in the atrium.

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