Vienna's new university campus

Vienna's University of Economics and Business (Wirtschafts Universität Wein or WU) will officially open in its new campus on 4 October.

The new site, known as Campus WU, is in the Prater district of the city and is easily accessible by public transport. It has about 25,000 students, mostly from central and eastern Europe, and 1,500 faculty and staff and is the largest business campus in Europe.

The new central learning centre and the library are designed by Zaha Hadid and the five surrounding buildings are by CRAB Studio (UK), Atelier Hitoshi Abe (Japan), BUSarchitektur ZT (Austria), Estudio Carme Pinós (Spain), and NO.MAD Arquitectos (Spain).

The university's new campus has been built using environmentally friendly material and systems and its public spaces are open to the public.

The university, which was founded in 1898, is already on the move and all the courses starting at the beginning of September are taking place on the new campus. However the relocation of the library is more sensitive and it will not open on the new site until 30 September.

Construction started in 2010 and has cost about €500 million.

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