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Presentation by Prof. Christoph Badelt:
Vienna University of Economics & Business

6 February 2014

The rector of Vienna's "University of the Future" visits Sydney

On 3 February we had the pleasure to welcome Mr Christoph Badelt, Rector of Vienna University of Economics and Business, and to learn about the all new Campus which was recently completed on time and on budget.

Approximately 55,000 m² of publicly accessible open space surround the six building complexes of the "University of the Future". Six internationally well-known architects were commissioned with the goal of creating world-class architecture. The imposing Library & Learning Center, designed by the Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, reflects the heart of the campus. Surrounded by five building complexes, hosting the WU Executive Academy and four Department buildings, the architects created a unique space for academic research, teaching and learning practical skills.

The entire campus has been designed in accordance with the green building principles. 70 percent of the required energy is covered by renewable energy – using geothermal energy from the groundwater. Another main key feature of the 492 million Euro expensive project is the barrier-free accessibility. The Campus WU is dedicated to the whole community as an open space for social, cultural and political life.