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WU alumni come to visit Vaduz

On 21 March, the University of Liechtenstein welcomed alumni of the Vienna University of Economics and Business to the Vaduz campus: the visitors comprised the Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein hubs of the WU Alumni Club.

On 21 March, the University of Liechtenstein welcomed alumni of the Vienna University of Economics and Business to the Vaduz campus: the visitors comprised the Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein hubs of the WU Alumni Club.

The group of visitors ranged from alumni who had received their degrees nearly 50 years ago – at what was then the Universität für Welthandel (University for Global Commerce), the precursor to what is today the Vienna University of Economics and Business – to alumni who completed their studies just a few years ago.




Interregional networking where three countries meet

The organizers of the networking event were Dr. Friederike  Hehle, hub representative for the WU Alumni Vorarlberg, and Mag. Monika Stur, hub representative for the WU Alumni Liechtenstein. The two regional WU Alumni Clubs comprise WU alumni who live and/or work in the respective locality. They have been working together for approximately one year now in order to provide their joint members with a varied, cross-border programme of events, with Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein alternating as the host location.




The guests were welcomed to the University of Liechtenstein by the architect and academic researcher Mag. Cornelia Faisst and by Dr. Stephan Berchtold, Academic Director of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Business Administration. Along with an introduction to the University of Liechtenstein and its history, they presented the programmes and activities offered by the Faculty of Architecture and Planning as well as the Faculty of Business Economics.

An exchange between different universities

In a presentation, the WU alumni received insights into current challenges, such as the international accreditation of the University of Liechtenstein and the skills-based orientation in redesigning the curricula and regarding the implementation in the courses. The programme also included topics such as studying before and after the Bologna Process, followed by a discussion round.




The difference in the dimensions of the two institutions was a particularly impressive experience for the WU alumni. As one of the largest business schools in German-speaking Europe, the Vienna University of Economics and Business is at the other end of the scale compared to the intimate nature of campus life at the University of Liechtenstein, as far as the size of the auditoria, seminar groups and ratio of lecturers to students are concerned.




On a tour of the university buildings, the guests received first-hand impressions of student life, viewed exhibits on the campus, and experienced the intimate and practice-orientated design studios in the architecture studio in particular.