Who we are

History

How it all began

Our first degree program in Tourism Management was launched in 1994. Since then the range of degree programs offered has increased year by year. Today FHWien der WKW offers a total of 18 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs and is one of the leading universities of applied sciences for management and communication in Austria.

 

A change in the study system

The title of Mag. (FH) was awarded to students who successfully completed a degree program at a university of applied sciences until 2007. In the 2007/08 academic year, as part of the Bologna Process, all our academic degrees were converted to the internationally recognized Bachelor’s and Master’s degree system. Students who complete a Master’s degree at FHWien der WKW are entitled to apply for a doctorate or PhD degree program.

Everything under one roof since 2007

Between 1994 and 2007, FHWien der WKW was spread over different locations in Vienna. All departments of FHWien der WKW moved into the WKO campus Vienna on Währinger Gürtel in 2007. In 2009, the campus was expanded once again. Today, FHWien der WKW has more than 9,000 m² available for use. WKO campus Vienna also houses WIFI Vienna, the Advertising Academy (Werbeakademie), WIFI Management Forum and the Hernstein Institute.

Timeline

1994

  • Department of Tourism Management launch, full-time degree program

1996

  • Launch of the degree program Production and Automation Technology, full-time degree program
  • Department of Financial Management launch, full-time and part-time degree programs
  • Department of Management and Entrepreneurship launch, part-time degree program

1997

  • Department of Marketing and Sales Management launch, full-time and part-time degree programs

1998

  • First students graduate from the Department of Tourism Management

1999

  • Department of Communication Management launch

2000

  • First students graduate from the Department of Financial Management
  • First students graduate from the degree program Production and Automation Technology
  • First students graduate from the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship

2001

  • First students graduate from the Department of Marketing and Sales Management
  • Launch of an additional full-time degree program in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Department of Real Estate Management launch

2003

  • 1,000th student graduates from FHWien der WKW
  • Department of Journalism and Media Management launch
  • First students graduate from the Department of Communication Management
  • Department of Human Resources and Knowledge Management launch

2004

  • Department of Communication Management: introduction of an additional full-time degree program
  • Department of Tourism Management: introduction of Bachelor’s degree program

2005

  • First students graduate from the Department of Real Estate Management
  • Relocation of the Department of Communication Management from Währinger Gürtel to Wienerberg

2006

  • 2,000th student graduates from FHWien der WKW
  • Start of construction at Währinger Gürtel 97
  • Closure of the degree program Production and Automation Technology
  • Launch of the graduate association Alumni&Co

2007

  • Relocation of all departments to the WKO campus Vienna
  • Introduction of all Bachelor’s degree programs (except in the Department of Tourism Management)
  • Department of Tourism Management: introduction of Master’s degree program
  • Launch of the Center for International Education & Mobility (CIEM)

2008

  • 3,000th student graduates from FHWien der WKW
  • Introduction of the Master’s degree program for Marketing and Sales Management

2009

  • 15 year anniversary of FHWien der WKW
  • Introduction of International MBA in Management and Communications

2010

  • FHWien der WKW the first university of applied sciences in Austria to get FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation) accreditation for its Bachelor’s degree program in Tourism Management
  • The last Mag.(FH) celebrate graduation at FHWien der WKW
  • All Departments offer one Bachelor’s and one Master’s degree program

 

2011

  • FIBAA accreditation for the Department of Financial Management and the Department of Marketing and Sales Management – both for their Bachelor’s and their Master’s degree programs – as well as for the International MBA in Management and Communications

2012

  • Official status as a university of applied sciences
  • Appointment of the Academic Board
  • FIBAA accreditation for seven further degree programs
  • Launch of the Endowed Chair of Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
  • Merger of the Department of Communication Management and the Department of Marketing and Sales Management to form the Department of Communication, Marketing and Sales

2013

  • First university of applied sciences in Austria to be a member of the Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) Affiliate Network founded by Harvard Business School
  • Optimization of the admissions procedure

2014

  • 20 year anniversary of FHWien der WKW
  • New Bachelor’s degree program in the Department of Journalism and Media Management “Content Production and Digital Media Management”
  • 1st place in the ranking of universities of applied sciences compiled by “Industriemagazin”

2015

  • Received the University and Family Audit
  • Takeover as the European chair of the Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) Affiliate Network founded by Harvard Business School

2017

  • The 10,000th student graduates from FHWien der WKW.
  • Increase in the number of partnerships with international universities to 110

2019

  • New Bachelor’s degree program “Digital Business” at the Digital Economy Study Programs
  • 25 years anniversary FHWien der WKW