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The Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) is located in the heart of Europe, in a cosmopolitan city of great cultural diversity. For nearly 200 years, the TU Vienna has been a place of research, teaching and learning in the service of progress. The TU Vienna is among the 10 most successful technical universities in Europe and is Austria’s largest scientific-technical research and educational institution.

The University of Vienna is the oldest university in the German-speaking cultural area and one of the largest in Central Europe. At present, about 72,700 students are enrolled at the University of Vienna, in more than 130 courses. With close to 8,000 employees, 6,000 of which are scientists and academics, the University of Vienna is also the largest teaching and research institution in Austria.

WIRTSCHAFTSUNIVERSITAT WIEN is over 100 years old. Its predecessor, the Imperial Export Academy, was established on October 1, 1898, with the aim of imparting knowledge to businessmen engaged in foreign trade. Immediately following World War I, the Academy became a public World Trade University (Hochschule für Welthandel), offering a three-year degree program. The University was renamed again in 1975, this time to Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration). In 1983, foreign language teaching was expanded at WU and basic IT studies were included as a requirement in its degree programs. The 1980s were a period of enormous growth at WU – enrollment doubled, going from 8,000 to 16,000 between 1981 and 1987. WU has been housed in the extensive Augasse complex since 1982. Throughout its history, WU has turned out thousands of highly qualified graduates who have gone on to excel in the business world both in Austria and abroad. Recent reforms, new degree programs with more flexible structures and revised course regulations are making the education offered at WU even more up-to-date and geared towards the needs of today’s business world. WU has now grown to 20,000 students and more than 1,000 full-time and adjunct faculty and staff members who thrive in a dynamic atmosphere of academic research and activity.

Founded in 1872, the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, known too by its acronym "BOKU", now comprises 13 departments and four service centres in Vienna, as well as a number of experimental centres around Vienna. The principal university buildings are located in two areas, the Türkenschanze and Muthgasse. At Türkenschanze are located the departments which provide teaching and research and teaching in the agricultural sciences, forestry, wood technology, and landscape architecture and conservation; the departments concerned with food science, biotechnology, land and water management and civil engineering are based at Muthgasse. The university has approx. 5000 students (of which 15% are international), provides courses at the bachelor, masters and doctoral levels, has approx. 700 permanent teaching staff who are also engaged in research, a broad range of external lecturers, and some 430 persons working in services and administration.

The University focuses on particular fields of research. The areas of interest cover issues in media and communication studies, educational research, languages, history and social development, consultation and therapy. The research projects are of interest to small and medium-sized businesses as well as public service institutions. The preferred method is longterm, interdisciplinary collaborations undertaken from a joint perspective. The many, diverse research projects of the Faculty of Cultural Studies are all intercultural and multi-perspective in their orientation and have a firm human dimension. Special projects are dedicated to the Robert Musil Institute for Literary Research/the Carinthian Literary Archive, and to the Centre for Sign Language and Communication for the Hearing Impaired. The areas of Applied Cultural Studies and Gender Studies are currently being expanded.

With over 11,000 students and 1,600 employees in research, teaching and administration, the Paris Lodron Univerity of Salzburg is the largest educational institution in the Salzburg region. As an integral part of its cultural and economic life, the university is the meeting point between teaching and studying, research and the public. Since its re-establishment in 1962, it has developed into a modern and lively university whose four faculties meet the highest standards in teaching and research

Danube University Krems is facing up to the social challenge of lifetime learning: established in 1995 it is still the only university in Europe that has specialised in postgraduate continuing education. Enthusiasm for the qualified and innovative involvement with the complex social, organisational and technical challenges presented by our society in the new Europe is what motivates the students, the teaching staff and everyone else working at Danube University Krems

Established: In 1765 as the „K. and K. Horse Curing and Operation School“ according to the founding edict by the Empress Maria Theresia. Teaching began in December 1767. Location: 21nd district in the north of Vienna (since 1996, before 1996 in the 3rd district) Campus: 47 buildings spread over an area of 15 ha, completed in 1996

The University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz (KUG) is one of six universities of the arts and one of altogether eighteen institutes of higher education in Austria. Situated in the southeast of Austria, it has always understood itself as a gateway to our neighboring countries in the east and in the southeast. As a result, the KUG has a major share of students coming from these European countries and, owing to its location, it is able to focus in particular on the deepening of cultural cooperation (in the context of the EU's eastward expansion). It is a quality of university life that the grounds of activities and the grounds of public attention always meet. Opening our university to the public is part of our program. Therefore, we developed a matrix of performances covering the fields of orchestra, chamber music, Lied, choir, opera, jazz and drama.


As the founding member of the alma mater Rudolfina (1365), the medical faculty was already widely renowned in medieval times as an authority in medicine. Faculty records from as far back as 1399 document its mediation in disputes between barber surgeons, midwifes, and local landowners. During the reign of Maria Theresia, Viennese medicine first attained international significance. The Habsburg Monarch summoned the Dutch physician, Gerard van Swieten, to Vienna. He in turn laid the foundation for the Vienna Medical School and paved the way for other leading figures. Anton de Haen, Maximilian Stoll, Lorenz Gasser, Anton von Störck, and the discoverer of the percussion technique, Leopold Auenbrugger, all taught and conducted research in the imperial city. Based on longstanding traditions, what now is referred to as “bedside teaching” also became the paradigmatic educational method during this period.Excellent research work of outstanding quality makes us what we are today - one of the world's leading medical universities. MedUni Vienna is a state-of-the-art research organisation with historic roots, of which we have been justifiably proud for over 600 years.

FACHHOCHSCHULE JOANNEUM is one of Austria's leading Universities of Applied Sciences. In order to maintain and consolidate this status, both our teaching and our applied research and development is modelled on the best colleges and universities in Europe. With curently 30 career-oriented degree programmes in the four subject areas of Health Sciences, Information, Design & Technologies, International Business, and Life, Building, Environment and two Postgraduate Studies in the area of management FH JOANNEUM is one of Austria’s leading universities of applied sciences. The quality and practical relevance of our courses is guaranteed by our close contacts with partner businesses and institutions. Additionally, international cooperation and the mobility of students and faculty members in exchange programmes with partner universities help to maintain the international profile of FH JOANNEUM.

It is the aim of the University to provide impetus in research and development for the region so that in twelve years time Vorarlberg and the surrounding area form one of the leading areas in Europe, both in terms of economic power and quality of life. FACHHOCHSCHULE VORARLBERG Mission is _ To support social development by providing impetus for long-term economic growth in the Vorarlberg region _ To ensure the success of both our graduates and their employers by providing excellence in teaching and learning for all of our students _ To conduct research that can be applied to real-work situations by building bridges between research, business and industry, and society

As one of the largest arts universities in the world, the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna sets out to create unity from diversity. The university offers an outstanding education in one of the most beautiful cultural cities in the world – Vienna – with curricula ranging from instrumental studies, voice and voice performance, to acting in the Max Reinhardt college, the film academy, music education and research areas.

The Mozarteum University offers over 40 artistic and education courses in the fields of music, the performing and visual arts. 1,500 young artists from all over the world experience comprehensive training here in all instruments, in composition, conducting, singing, music-theatre, acting, stage-directing, stage design, music and dance education, art and craft education as well as in music educational theory and musicology. 500 lectures, many of whom are internationally renowned artists and teachers, pass on their knowledge and their art, thus making the university al place of lively intellectual exchange and dialogue. The history of the Mozarteum University goes back to the year 1841 and is characterised by the work and teaching of outstanding personalities such as Bernhard Paumgartner, Clemens Krauss, Paul Hindemith, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Carl Orff and Sándor Végh. The Mozarteum School of Music was founded by the Salzburg Cathedral Music Association. In 1914 it became a conservatory, in 1953 an academy, in 1970 a Hochschule of music and performing arts and finally, in 1998, a university

The "Kunstschule" of the city of Linz was founded in 1947. It was conceived as an explicit statement to signify dissociation from the previous art policy of the Nazi era, and to mark its intellectual and practical association with the Bauhaus ideas of the Weimar Republic in the 1920s and 1930s. Both of these founding ideas were to shape its succeeding institutions and have prevailed to this day. In 1973  at the initiative of the city of Linz and of the regional authorities of the province of Upper Austria in particular - the Kunstschule became an aca-demic institution at university level ("Hochschule für künstlerische und industrielle Gestal-tung"). In 2000, the Hochschule eventually obtained todays status of "Kunstuniversität Linz  Universität für künstlerische und industrielle Gestaltung" under the Arts Universities Organisa-tion Act of 1998 (KUOG). On January 1, 2004, pursuant to the new UOG 2002, the Univer-sity became a "corporation under public law", which means that it is now largely autonomous. On the other hand, some of the Universitys core competencies have remained the same over the decades fine and applied design, interdisciplinarity, and high-level pedagogy. Recently, the Universitys profile has emerged in three principal areas of concentration: Based on excellent technical skills training in the individual courses, Kunstuniversität Linz focuses on the interfacing of architecture, design, urban and regional planning, ecology and the media. Accordingly, concrete artistic-scientific projects and research activities provide a basis for developing students' cross-sectional skills and competencies spanning the different disciplines, thereby affording them a broad perspective and teaching the required flexibility. projects.

INSTITUT FUR HOHERE STUDIEN VIENNA is a private non-profit organization. It was founded by two prominent Austrians living in exile, the sociologist Paul F. Lazarsfeld and the economist Oskar Morgenstern, with the financial help of the Ford Foundation, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, and the City of Vienna. From its very beginning, the IHS was operating on the principle that scientific enterprise, scientific co-operation and scientific problem solutions offer a platform fonfor critical discussions, a possibility for consensus formation, and an open and interdisciplinary place for scientific research and critical scientific expertise.

St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1996 and currently has appr. 1,400 enrolled students. Study opportunities comprise degree programmes and continuing education courses in the fields of Health & Social Sciences, Business and Technology. St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences offers students a vocationally oriented and academically sound training that prepares them to meet the challenges of the professional world. Each course combines a solid grounding in the subjects with a specialisation, ensuring that graduates are equipped to fulfil a variety of professional tasks in their future careers. Alongside they acquire additional training in e.g. business administration, law, foreign languages, and interpersonal skills. Students can choose to acquire international certificates (e.g. Cisco, Microsoft, Cambridge). Work placements ensure that they gain hands-on experience in the workplace even before graduation.

The Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences is one of the leading Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences. We offer an internationally recognized, well-established, practice-oriented education at university level at four locations in the central region of Upper Austria. Our second area of competence is to provide the economy with cutting-edge products from our research and development centers.

The 1994 introduction of Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Austria has brought quite a breath of fresh air into the structures of European higher education systems. An UAS degree program is "equivalent to but different from"* a traditional university degree program and is characterized in particular by its close relations with trade and industry, its practice orientation and customer focus, a strictly organized program schedule and a highly service-oriented approach. Being organized on a private law basis UAS degree programs of MCI are officially accredited under public law. Due to a quality assurance system that sets international standards and an extensive network of renowned partner universities all over the world, MCI guarantees not only excellent conditions for students but also a high acceptance of its degrees both in Austria and abroad.

The University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien has achieved international reputation through its high quality of teaching and emphasis on applied studies. Various enterprises seek graduates from the Technikum Wien because of their outstanding academic education and innovative problem solving abilities which are required in today's competitive business and engineering environment. The University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien has some of the best qualified academic staff in Austria, many of whom are actively involved in the business and engineering world. The dynamic exchange between our full-time academic staff and part-time professional lecturers who are active in business and industry creates a unique innovative academic environment from which everyone involved benefits

As of 1 March 2005 the Salzburg Chamber of Commerce and the Salzburg Chamber of Labour each hold a 50% share in the Fachhochschule Salzburg GmbH (Salzburg University of Applied Sciences Ltd.). The advisory board for the development of technical universities forms the steering committee of the University of Applied Sciences. This in turn is made up of representatives of the County of Salzburg, the Salzburg Chamber of Commerce, the Salzburg Chamber of Industry, the Association of Technical Colleges, Kuchl, and the Trade Association of the Timber Industry in Austria. The Salzburg University of Applied Sciences is the repository of all nine FH courses of study at the sites of Salzburg-Urstein and Kuchl and a managing director takes care of its requirements. Alongside the managing director, a council has been set up to ensure efficient and effective teaching and research activities, with the rector as presiding chairman. Together the managing director and the rector form the management of the technical university. It is the responsibility of the Heads of Department to ensure the smooth running of teaching, learning and research activities as far as content and organisation is concerned. The central services guarantee the framework governing infrastructure and organisation of study, research and operative activities of the FHS.

The history of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, which was founded in 1692 by the court painter Peter Strudel and is thus the oldest academy in Central Europe, is closely connected with the history of art in Austria. The highlights in the importance and activities of the Academy coincide with the highlights of artistic creation in Austria and many famous artists and graduates have provided inspirations for lively development - for example Anton Maulbertsch who brought baroque painting in Austria to its zenith, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Georg Ferdinand Waldmüller or Hans Makart. In the 19th century it was mainly the architects - Theophil Hansen, Gottfried Semper, August von Siccardsburg, Otto Wagner, and others - whose innovative works exerted a decisive influence on the cityscape of the metropolises of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The annexation of Austria by national-socialist Germany in 1938 led to the exclusion of dissidents and at the same time the Academy lost its administrative autonomy. After World War II committed rectors and artists, such as Fritz Wotruba or Clemens Holzmeister, soon made the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna known beyond the borders of Austria. In 1955 the autonomy and the university character of the Academy were reaffirmed and a number of new institutes were added to the traditional master classes. In 1988, the Academy was given a new organizational form, by which teachers and students together assumed the responsibility for a democratically organized "Universitas artium". In 1998, the Academy finally obtained the legal status of a university but retained its traditional name.

Since its inception, Burgenland’s FH Centres for Advanced Studies have played an inspiring role in the emergence of Austria’s university-level institutes of technology, propelled by the “Academic Excellence in the Heart of Europe” motto. In the process of conforming to the European educational system, a reorganisation has been underway since 2004 to transform the 4-year FH diploma programmes into FH Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes. Through the reorganisation, it is now possible to acquire a first academic degree after completion of a 3-year bachelor’s degree programme. Graduates and other qualified academics can acquire a specialization by continuing studies in 2-year Master’s degree programme. Through their strategic plan, the FH Burgenland particularly emphasized the European dimension through its CEE-focus, fostering cross-border collaboration and networking in the areas of study programs, research & development, and consulting services, as well as continuing education. The FH Burgenland has also been offering part-time degree courses since 2004. Using the “blended learning” approach, allowing for a combination of on-site and off-campus study modules, students may pursue a degree while continuing to work full-time.

The University of Applied Arts Vienna is home to more than 1,800 students, many of whom come from other countries both in and outside Europe. The range of courses, which are on offer is unusually diverse and includes architecture, fine arts (painting, graphics, sculpture, photography, ceramics), stage design, design (fashion, graphic design, graphics and advertising, landscape design), industrial design, media design (transmedia arts, digital art), conservation and restoration, pedagogic studies for artistic teaching disciplines, textile design and handicrafts. It is precisely the diversity of these artistic disciplines, which is supplemented by a large number of scientific subjects, that contributes to the special atmosphere that prevails at the "Angewandte". The basic concept of the university as a place of critical reflection upon personal thought and action and a forum, where questions are more important than given patent solutions, lives on at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Studies at the "Angewandte" are not limited to the mere conveyance of artistic techniques and skills. Rather, the nucleus of the courses is formed by the development of individual artistic creativity and the consideration of the artistic oeuvre on the basis of theories and concepts. Students learn about art and experience it, not just as an end it itself, but essentially as a starting-point and medium for communication, in which the analysis of the significance and the influence parameters of art within a social context occupy a permanent and important position. The encouragement to develop creative vision and the facilitation of artistic experiment, in tandem with a simultaneous commitment to technical excellence and conceptual brilliance, are the basic elements in the demand for quality with which the "Angewandte" confronts both teachers and students alike. The "Angewandte" sees itself as a place for free artistic and scientific articulation, as a forum for open discussion and a development laboratory for artistic visions, which should fulfil their potential and shape the society of the future. Our claim to be one of the world's best art schools and the retention of this position are indelibly linked to systematic efforts aimed at the permanent further development of our quality standards, the ongoing renewal of creative potential and the uncompromising promulgation of the freedom of the arts and sciences. You are cordially invited to experience this unique atmosphere in both a virtual form through a visit to our website, and at first hand through participation in one of our numerous events, or within the framework of a course of study