MODUL University Vienna (MU Vienna) is a private university established in 2007 in Vienna, Austria, focusing on social and economic development, particularly in the areas of tourism, new media information technology, sustainability, business management, and public governance.
The university consists of five departments: the Department of New Media Technology, the Department of Public Governance and Sustainable Development, the Department of Tourism and Service Management, the Department of Applied Statistics and Economics, and the Department of International Management .
All study programs fulfill the accreditation requirements laid out by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (formerly Austrian Accreditation Council). Due to the university’s international orientation, all study programs are conducted entirely in English. The university campus is located on top of Vienna’s Kahlenberg, which overlooks the city of Vienna. Approximately 60% percent of the student body holds non-Austrian citizenship, with a higher percentage of international students at the master’s level.
Since 2012, the BBA in Tourism and Hospitality Management and the MSc in International Tourism Management have held UNWTO.TEDQual Certification. Since January 2013, MU Vienna has been a member of the European Universities Consortium (EUC), a group of higher education institutions that promotes English-taught Bachelor’s programs in Europe.
In September 2016, MODUL University will open its second campus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
MU Vienna was founded by the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the foundation of Saudi-Austrian businessman Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, and built with the support of the City of Vienna and the Vienna Tourist Board. The aim of the founders was to offer students internationally oriented, hands-on studies in the areas of tourism research, information technology, and public administration, making use of the active role of Vienna in European city tourism. Karl Wöber, who had previously taught at the Vienna University of Economics in the field of tourism, was appointed founding president.
The name MODUL comes from the honeycomb-like structure of the Tourism College MODUL, where both the school and adjacent hotel of the same name are built in octagonal-shaped conjoined ‘modules’. The school and hotel are also in Vienna’s 19th district, and were designed and built from 1973-1975. The university was conceptualized by the leaders of the Tourism College MODUL, and was named MODUL University. The two institutions cooperate frequently, but attendance of the Tourism College MODUL is not a prerequisite for to enter the university.
Bodies and Advisory Boards
MU Vienna is governed by a three-member Board of Directors: the President, the Vice President and Managing Director. The University Council consists of five representatives who support the development of MU Vienna, and the President and CEO attend the meetings and report on the developments of the university. The University Assembly consists of all faculty members, two representatives of external lecturers, two representatives of administrative staff, and four students. The University Assembly is chaired by the President, and has the task is to elect the members of committees, and to propose candidates for the offices of President and Vice President.
MU Vienna is among the first universities in Austria to have an Industry Advisory Board in place. Industry experts from the fields of new media technology, public governance, and tourism provide input for the development of curriculum and guidance in student programs that will further the educational experience of students seeking long-term careers.
Sustainability as a fundamental principle
MODUL University Vienna has identified sustainability as one of its key principles. Sustainability represents an integral part of the curriculum and research agenda, and is also reflected in the daily work-flow. The university operates in a manner that minimizes environmental risk and adverse effects on the environment. The solar panels, pellet heating and recycling system in the university building are just some examples of the sustainable living and thinking within the university. In addition, MODUL University Vienna was the first Austrian university to sign a contract with a renewable energy provider. An internal ‘Sustainability Committee’ (SC) composed of staff, faculty and students works to maintain and improve the university’s sustainability goals.
MODUL University was awarded 2nd place in the category “Structural Foundations,” encouraging sustainable development at the 2010 Sustainability Awards  presented by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research for its Sustainability Committee. At the 2012 awards it won first place in the category “Structural Foundation” and third place in the category “Teaching & Curricula/International Cooperations”. At the 2016 awards, it won 2nd place in the category of ”Communication and Decision Making”, and 2nd place in the ”Student Initiatives” category.
The committee gives two awards annually for the best ideas for sustainability implementable at the university; the Scholarship of Hope for students and the Employee Sustainability Award for the staff and faculty. Extracurricular activities such as movie nights and excursions to sustainable energy producers are also arranged by the Sustainability Committee.
MU Vienna provides basic and applied research in areas which are considered as the core challenges in economic and social sciences.
Undergraduate study programs
- Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism and Hospitality Management
- Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism, Hotel Management and Operations
- Bachelor of Science in International Management
MODUL University Vienna currently offers three full-time undergraduate degree programs. Students must have qualification to enter university such as Abitur, Matura, or A-Levels. Courses are offered in a variety of formats, including lectures, exercises, seminars and practical trainings. An internship of a minimum of 3 months (450 hours) is required in the BBA programs, and students have the option of writing a bachelor thesis, a second internship, or additional enrichment courses to complete the degree. MODUL University has also formed exchange co-operations with universities around the world, and students may undertake one exchange semester at a partner university. Completion of the BBA or the BSc qualifies students to enter master-level programs.
Graduate study programs
- Master of Science in International Tourism Management‘ and
- Master of Science in Sustainable Development, Management and Policy
- Master of Science in Management
MU Vienna offers three two-year, full-time Master of Science programs in the areas of Management, Tourism, and Sustainable Development. Courses are offered in a variety of formats, including lectures, exercises, seminars and practical trainings. The programs teach comprehensive knowledge of both environmental and development issues to address the globalization and sustainability challenges of this millennium. Completion of an MSc degree qualifies students to continue with a PhD program.
Professional study programs
- Master of Business Administration
The professional MBA programs are aimed at students who have already completed their first academic degree, and who have also obtained work experience in a relevant area. The standard duration of the two-year study program can be reduced to 18 months for students wishing to follow the intensive study plan. This format consists of monthly 3-5 day seminars, also taking place during the summer months. The Master of Business Administration offers optional major concentrations in the areas of Tourism and Hotel Development, Public Governance and Sustainable Development, and New Media and Information Management.
Post-graduate study program
- PhD in Business and Socioeconomic Sciences
MU Vienna offers a post-graduate doctoral program which trains future scholars and researchers to contribute new scientific knowledge in their respective areas of specialization. It is open to people with a master or diploma degree in the field of business or one of the social or economic sciences from an accredited post-secondary educational institution, and requires a minimum of four years to complete. The program was accredited in 2012 with the first students beginning in 2013.
MU Vienna maintains a number of co-operations with academic and industry partners, as well as organizations around the world. MODUL University Vienna’s maintains study exchange agreements with the following partner institutions: Boğaziçi University (Turkey), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong SAR), NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands), San Francisco State University (USA), Taylor’s University (Malaysia), Temple University (USA), Universidad Anáhuac Mayab (Mexico), University of Central Florida (USA), University of Southern Denmark (Denmark), University of Surrey (UK), Victoria University (Australia), La Rochelle Business School (France), Ramon Llull University (Spain), Cologne Business School (Germany), University of Barcelona (Spain), University of Florida (USA), University of West London (UK), City University of Macau (Macau SAR), ISAG – European Business School (Portugal).
MODUL University Vienna is situated on Kahlenberg, a mountain (484 m or 1,588 ft) located in the 19th district of Vienna, Austria (Döbling). Kahlenberg lies in the Wienerwald (Vienna forest) and is one of the most popular destinations for day-trips from Vienna, offering a view over the entire city. Student accommodation arranged by MU Vienna is available in the 19th and 20th districts of Vienna. Many students live in other parts of Vienna or in their home cities and countries and commute to the campus. Kahlenberg can be reached by car or by bus (Bus line 38A) via the picturesque Höhenstraße, part of which is cobblestone.
MODUL University Vienna has created the MU Cares Intercultural Certificate program to encourage students to participate in shaping their community and honing their professional aptitude by recognizing their extracurricular efforts and achievements in light of the MU core values which also include knowledge, creativity, innovation, personal integrity, and mutual respect. The university provides opportunities for students to get involved and volunteer with on- and off-campus events, and it encourages and supports students in finding volunteer work as well. Upon graduation from MODUL University Vienna, students who have demonstrated initiative and acquisition in at least four of five intercultural skills units will receive an Intercultural Certificate as a supplement to their diploma. Various student groups such as the Hotel Club, Football Club, Entrepreneurs Club, Movie Club, and MU Choir contribute to student life.
MODUL University Wine Society
Vienna is the only capital with considerable wine-growing inside the city boundaries. The proximity to Vienna’s prime vineyard location, the Nussberg, inspired MODUL staff to initiate the MU Wine Society in 2009. The Wine Society provides a platform for students to share their passion for wine and experience local culture. Following the principles of “experience, appreciate and learn,” MU Wine Society organizes regular tasting sessions and excursions to local wineries for its members. Experts and friends of MU Wine Society are invited for knowledge exchange.
Since 2009, MODUL University Vienna has been organizing a yearly International Day to celebrate diversity. Students set up booths representing their country of origin or heritage to give insight into their cultural background, traditional national costumes and dishes. The International Day is designed as a charity event, with the proceeds going to a different charity of the students’ choice every year.
Alumni and MODUL Career
Since April 2010, the networking and career service platform “MODUL Career (MC)” has been exclusively available to students and alumni of MODUL University Vienna and Tourism College MODUL College. MODUL Career offers career planning and career development services for the students and graduates of both educational institutions. Its aim is to assist students with finding an internship as well as to support them in career planning and development. They have a large number of international partners in the tourism and hospitality industries who offer internship opportunities to MODUL students, and assist the over 200 graduates who leave the two institutions every year in career placement.
Today, the MODUL Alumni network consists of over six thousand graduates who currently occupy a variety of positions all over the world. The network offers vocational and industry contacts and the possibility to exchange knowledge and experience.
In November 2015 MODUL University announced the opening of its Campus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. MODUL University Dubai has started its operations in Jumeirah Lakes Towers. It was founded by Dubai Investments Industries and DACH ADVISORY.
The new Campus will be located in “ONE JLT” (the newest DMCC development), opening in September 2016.
The Academic Head of the MODUL University Dubai Campus is Prof.Dr.Jörg Finsinger.
More information about Dubai Campus can be found on its website: http://www.modul.ac.ae/
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