Benefits of participating in the project "Third Mission"

The Third Mission is intended to be a shared agenda of all organisational units and as many university members as possible. Thus, it becomes an element of the University of Vienna's public profile. Active participation may include a variety of different aims and priorities, depending on the focus of the organisational units or individuals, such as:

  • extended networking with societal actors and third-party funders;
  • extended cooperation with public and private enterprises;
  • establishment of new and transdisciplinary research projects in direct response to economic and social needs;
  • integration of socially-relevant topics in research and teaching (service learning);
  • better preparing students for taking over responsible tasks in politics, society and economy;
  • extending the professional skill profile of the workforce;
  • increasing the society’s appreciation of science and research at the University of Vienna.

Criteria for Third Mission activities

Third Mission activities

(1) are based on one’s own research,

(2) are relevant to society and/or the economy,

(3) promote networking (primarily with societal and/or economic actors but also between activities and internationally),

(4) and should be future-oriented and geared towards (or at least consider) sustainability.