Staying on Course for Success
For the second time, we are looking back on a year in which life at FHWien der WKW was dominated by corona. The pandemic severely curtailed our ability to offer our students classes on campus and even though digital teaching formats are now familiar, the situation was nevertheless a challenge for students and teachers alike.
City tourism has, of course, been massively affected by the travel restrictions imposed because of corona. But it is only a matter of time until it recovers. It is against this backdrop that in fall 2021, FHWien der WKW launched its new Master’s program in Urban Tourism & Visitor Economy Management. With its focus on sustainable city tourism, the program aims to balance the needs of visitors, the population and the local economy.
In 2021 we advertised another study program for the first time: the Master’s program in Digital Innovation Engineering will be our second study program with a focus on IT and is scheduled to begin in fall 2022. The new program is our response to the strong demand from companies for skilled workers and managers at the interface of technology and business.
We have also intensified our research activities in the field of digitalization and founded a new research institute, the Institute for Digital Transformation and Strategy, or IDS for short. Together with well-known partners from business and higher education, the institute explores the challenges companies face because of the digital transformation.
That universities of applied sciences are important actors in the Austrian research landscape became clear at the 14th Research Forum of Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences in April 2021. The conference was organized by FHWien der WKW and held online due to corona. It illustrated the wide range of scientific projects at universities of applied sciences on the topic of sustainability.
In 2021 the recertification of FHWien der WKW’s internal quality management system gave us cause for celebration. A group of independent auditors unconditionally certified the quality assurance system for a further seven years.
I would like to thank the team at FHWien der WKW and our lecturers for their dedication and hard work. It is thanks to them that our university of applied sciences has continued to chart a successful course in these extraordinary times.
Ing. Mag. (FH) Michael Heritsch, MSc
Chief Executive Officer
FHWien der WKW