Webster University's Campus in Vienna Relocating to Historic Palais Wenkheim
Webster University has signed a long-term lease that paves the way for its campus in Vienna, Austria, to relocate to the historic Palais Wenkheim by the fall 2014 semester.
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 22, 2013 – Webster University has signed a long-term lease that paves the way for its campus in Vienna, Austria, to relocate to the historic Palais Wenkheim by the fall 2014 semester. Webster's Vienna campus, first established in 1981, offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. It has a total of about 500 students and has been located at its current site for more than a decade.
Webster University Vienna is the only university in Austria granting U.S.- and Austrian-accredited degrees. It is the oldest provider of the MBA degree in Austria and the only U.S. University in Central Europe to offer MBA programs in Slovakia and Hungary in partnership with local universities in those two countries.
"We look forward to a new location that more accurately reflects the global excellence of Webster's academic programs in Vienna," said Webster University President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. "We had simply outgrown our current facilities. This is a tremendous opportunity to improve our ability to advance the work of our faculty and staff and to meet the needs of the exceptional students who study at this location."
Located just outside the "Ringstrasse," a three-mile-long circular road surrounding the city center – Vienna's premier district, housing its most important architectural masterpieces – Palais Wenkheim originally was the residence of a member of Austria's Royal Family.
Built in 1826, Palais Wenkheim features tremendous architectural detailing, both interior and exterior. Renovations made to the approximately 36,000-square-foot structure in 1989 include a dramatic glass-roofed, five-story atrium with space that can accommodate gatherings of up to 300 people.
Additional renovations, which will take 12 to 18 months to complete, will transform Palais Wenkheim into a space that supports Webster University's commitment to providing academic and operational excellence for its students. They include upgrades to the building's heating and cooling systems and to its exterior, as well as building out classroom, office, food service, library and additional study space.
When completed, Palais Wenkheim will be able to support as many as 1,000 students. In addition, the nearby Hotel Am Augarten will be renovated to provide student housing, with both single and double rooms for 80 students. Both Palais Wenkheim and Hotel Am Augarten are conveniently located just a two-minute walk to public transportation.
"Palais Wenkheim, with its prime location and stunning architecture, promises an unrivaled student life experience," Stroble said. "According to the Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey, Vienna took the top spot as the city with the world's best quality of living. We are thrilled that with our new campus at Palais Wenkheim, Webster University will be situated at the very heart of this vibrant community."
"Palais Wenkheim epitomizes Webster University's creative approach to education, which brings past, present and future together," said Webster University Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Julian Z. Schuster. "A historic building in the historic downtown of Vienna that hosts a truly global university sends an unequivocal message about the future of higher education."
With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses. Founded in 1915, Webster University's campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.