Rupert Sausgruber new WU rector –


The economics professor Rupert Sausgruber (54) was elected the new rector by the University Council of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) today. He will succeed Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger from October 1, 2023.

After two terms in office, she did not run for a new term. The Kufsteiner is currently Professor of Public Economics at WU and also heads the Department of Economics. “Rupert Sausgruber has planning and leadership skills and meets all the requirements that guarantee successful university management,” said the chairwoman of the university council, Cattina Leitner, in a press release.

Digital transformation and internationalization

For example, he wants to use the digital transformation and push the internationalization of the university. “We were very impressed by his plan to make the service area of ​​the Third Mission more visible and thus to position WU more strongly as a driving force.”

Sausgruber was born in Kufstein on November 30, 1968 and studied at the University of Innsbruck. After completing a post-graduate program at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), he held numerous guest research positions at the University of Arizona, the University of Amsterdam, the Max Planck Institute in Jena, the University of Copenhagen and the University of Adelaide, among others and the University of Michigan.

Appointed to WU in 2013

In 2005 he habilitated at the University of Innsbruck and was subsequently an associate professor at the Institute for Public Economics. Sausgruber was appointed Professor of Public Economics at WU in 2013, and he has also been Head of the Department of Economics there since 2018. His research areas include behavioral economics and experimental economics.

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