Department of Business Studies

The Department of Business Studies at the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland trains bachelor's and master's students to become young managers with international ambitions. In the area of economic relations with Central and Eastern Europe, the department has a long tradition of teaching about the economic area, legal framework, culture and language of these countries. In addition, the department is dedicated to the topic of sustainable management in a future-oriented society. In User and Consumer Research, we can provide deep insights in our marketing specialisations through our own research activities.

What really makes us special as a department is our personal interest in our students. For us, students are more than just a matriculation number. Relationships with graduates last for decades. Teachers often become part of the personal network. In keeping with the spirit of the FH Burgenland, we bring business and people together.

In our degree programmes International Business Relations (Bachelor and Master), Human Resource Management and Labour Law (Master), International Wine Marketing (Master) and the English-language Master European Studies and EU Project Management, we focus primarily on Sustainable Business, Financial Management, Business and European Law, European Project Management, Human Resource Management and International Marketing. On the subject of marketing, we also offer a Master's programme in International Wine Marketing for those interested in enjoyment and marketing.

Special highlights are professional internships and stays abroad in Central and Eastern Europe, excursions abroad to Brussels, Moscow, Dublin, St. Petersburg and the wine regions of Europe as well as an international double degree programme with Ilia State University in Georgia and Moscow's Plekahov Russian University of Economics, which we unfortunately had to suspend in 2022 due to the Ukraine war. The international exchange is a unique experience that strengthens and expands the network and matures the personality.

Research and Development

In research and development, application orientation is our credo - whether it's surveying export opportunities in a neighbouring country or developing online training in EU project management. We also host the start-up community and are committed to building an Austro-Hungarian start-up network and promoting start-ups across Europe.

Advisory board

Since 2018, the Department of Business has been working with an advisory board that meets at regular intervals to evaluate the business degree programmes. This advisory board plays a central role in the dynamic development of study plans and curricula. Consisting of experts from business and politics, it ensures that the curriculum reflects current trends and the changing demands of the market. The regular meetings serve to exchange new insights and practices that should be integrated into the curricula in order to optimally prepare students for the challenges in the business world.

The advisory board consists of the following persons:

  • Franz Fischler, former EU Commissioner
  • Silvia Heinrich, Silvia Heinrich Winery, Deutschkreutz
  • Thomas Klein, CEO of the Research Centre Pharmaceutical Engineering (RCPE) in Graz
  • Sabine Steidl, trainer, consultant, interim manager, formerly Head of Human Resource Development at SOS Children's Villages International in Innsbruck
  • Heinz Zourek, former Director General of the EU Commission for Enterprise and Industry and Taxation and Customs (retired), Vienna

The Advisory Board attaches great importance to the practical relevance of the course content and promotes the integration of case studies and project work in cooperation with companies. This approach ensures that graduates of the business degree programmes not only have theoretical knowledge, but also practical skills and a deep understanding of economic processes. The Advisory Board's commitment plays a key role in continuously improving and ensuring the quality and relevance of the business and economics programmes at UAS Burgenland.

The advisory board is currently responsible for six programmes: