Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (FH Kärnten)
Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule Kärnten; CUAS) was founded in 1994 and educates almost 2500 students. Since its establishment, CUAS has played a key role within the educational landscape of the Alps-Adriatic region. The universiy degree programs are offered in the fields of engineering, management, healthcare and social issues. Currently (2019) CUAS runs 7 master and 1 bachelor degree programs taught completely in English and has an international student community of almost 1370. The increase in the number and quality of international students is a central part of CUAS' University Development Plan (Hochschulentwicklungsplan) spanning the period 20L5-2022. To achieve this aim, the internationalization strategy at CUAS which was introduced in 2015 puts a strong focus on further development of physical mobilities of both students and teaching staff as well as developing partnerships with Higher Education lnstitutions within and beyond the European Union. ln its internationalization strategy identified the Balkans and special regions of Africa as strategically important in terms of cooperation. African countries (such as South Africa and Namibia) were specified as of interest due to current successful collaboration of individual CUAS study programs and the wish to continue those. Since the south and southeast ofthe African continent is the region with the most rapid economic development, CUAS hopes through the academic cooperation with the best and biggest institutions from this region to attract students to Carinthia as well as foster international cooperation in didactics and thus fulfill some of the aims of its internationalization strategy. So far, CUAS has welcomed numerous incoming students from Africa including KA107 scholarship holders from Algeria and South Africa as well as Ernst Mach Scholarship holders from Ghana and South Africa. Other Africa-related activities are conducted via the Office of Educational and Scientific Cooperation with African Partners (0SECA), which is situated at the Department of Social Work. A good number of social research projects was realized through partnerships in countries of the EastAfrican Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) as well as in Ethiopia and Algeria (Western Sahara). Since 2017, CUAS is a member of the East Africa Centre in Research and lnnovation in Social Work (CRISOWO) whose main office is located at Makerere Unganda.
Membership: Since 2020
Mgr. Mgr. MSc Aleksandra Jama; Head of International Relations Office
Head of the lnternational Relations Office, Aleksandra Jama has been running numerous successful KA2013 and KA107 ICM projects including those with Algeria, South Africa and Namibia. She has extensive experiences in coordinating international projects. She is also supporting together with her team all the incoming and outgoing students and staff and is currently responsible for the strategic realignment of CUAS international ization strategy.
Danube University Krems. University for continuing Education (DUK)
Danube University Krems is the leading public university for continuing education in Europe. With its expertise in teaching and research it works to overcome societal challenges. As university for continuing education we specialize in enhancing the qualifications of working professionals. The strength of Danube University Krems is providing university courses that keep pace with the times and are oriented toward current and future societal challenges. Approximately 8,000 students are currently enrolled in Danube University Krems, more than 24,000 have already completed their studies successfully. Research at Danube University Krems is centered on contemporary and future challenges society faces. In a transdisciplinary context we build bridges between basic research and practice-oriented application, between individual disciplines and in particular to society. Danube University Krems combines ongoing innovation in research and teaching with the highest standards and holds the seal of quality of the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria).
Membership: Since 2020
Mag. Friedrich Faulhammer; Rector
Mag. Friedrich Faulhammer is Danube University Krems' Rector. He was elected unanimously by the University Council on February 20, 2013. Faulhammer studied law in Vienna. From 1985 to 1990 he worked at the Institute for History of Law at the University of Vienna and at the legal department of the university's directorate. In 1990 he joined the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research where he became the Head of the Department for Universities of Applied Sciences in 2001; from 2003 to 2005 he was Deputy Head at the Department for University Law and actively involved in the implementation of the 2002 Law on Universities. In 2005 he became Head of the Department I at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research and has been its Secretary General since 2009. Among the focal points of his work are new forms of university management as well as European developments and legal affairs in the university sector.
FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences (FH Joanneum)
FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences was established in 1995. With its more than 40 degree programmes in the areas of Applied Computer Sciences, Engineering, Health Studies, Building, Energy & Society, Media & Design and Management, FH JOANNEUM is one of the leading universities of applied sciences (FHs) in Austria. FH JOANNEUM offers students sound academic training – our programmes are practice-oriented, project-based and interdisciplinary. We work in close cooperation with business and industry to put acquired knowledge into practice; we develop innovative solutions for topical issues in applied research projects and forge links to related disciplines. Our university’s large network enables students to complete internships with leading companies and institutions and spend a semester studying at one of more than 200 partner universities around the world.
FHJ is one of the first universities of applied sciences in Austria to extend its quality management system with the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) model. The entire university achieved the second level ‘Recognised for Excellence’ in 2016.
Research and development is a core area of activity for FHJ. As a university of applied sciences, FHJ carries out research with the aim of contributing to social development and solving complex problems and issues of our time. The applied research offered by FHJ ranges from the transfer of results from basic research to innovative services and developments. This ensures a close link between research and teaching and a high relevance for practical application. We see modern research as a multidisciplinary mission to be fulfilled not only within the individual institutes but also within and across the six departments.
FH JOANNEUM has already participated in a large number of EU projects as coordinator and partner. Therefore, the organization can rely on many years of experience and highly qualified staff when it comes to national and international projects. The activities range from Development of Training Materials, Social Media, and Internationalization through Regional Development, Entrepreneurship & Intercultural Competences to Quality Management in HE and Labour Market Policy Instruments. FHJ is also the Austrian partner for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, the biggest study on entrepreneurship of its kind.
Membership: Since 2020
FH-Prof. DI Dr. techn. Priv.Doz Christof Sumereder
As Professor for Energy Systems at FH Joanneum, University of Applied Sciences I am project manager of several research projects. One of our most important cooperation is the development of a bachelor degree program with UNI Zambeze in Chimoio / Mozambique, “RETEM: Capacity Building for Renewable Energy Technologies in Mozambique” which is founded by ÖAD in the APPEAR program. The main output is the knowledge transfer to the young generation in the topic of renewable energies. I am very pleased that I can be part of this new network to share our experience and broaden our collaboration with other African Universities.
Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)
Ever since its foundation in 1811, TU Graz has been a significant contributor to development, change and progress. With approx. 3.600 staff and 13.700 students, TU Graz is one of the leading research-focused universities in Austria. It combines its research into five Fields of Expertise. At its 7 faculties (96 institutes), TU Graz offers 18 Bachelor’s programmes, 33 Master’s programmes as well as teacher education programmes, PhD-programmes in 14 Doctoral Schools and 9 Postgraduate programmes. Apart from national cooperation with public as well as private partners, TU Graz is successfully engaged in cooperation worldwide. Its international character as well as diversity are also well reflected on campus with approx. 22% international students as well as an ever-growing number of international staff.
Membership: Since 2021
Assoc. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Udo Bachhiesl
Prof. Udo Bachhiesl studied Mechanical Engineering and Economics in the branch energy and environmental technology at Graz University of Technology. After finishing his studies with his diploma thesis about „Techno-economic analysis of co-combustion of biomass in power plants“ in 2000 he became research assistant at the newly founded Institute of Electricity Economics and Energy Innovation (IEE) at Graz University of Technology. Prof. Bachhiesl finished his PhD in the field of energy innovation in 2004 and started directly with his habilitation in the field of energy economics. During his scientific career Mr. Bachhiesl had research stays in Switzerland and France and gained working experience in the energy department at the federal state Styria in Austria. Mr. Bachhiesl is mainly working in the field of energy and electricity economics, renewable energies and energy innovation. Mr. Bachhiesl has authored and co-authored over 150 scientific publications, held over 100 scientific speeches and participated in over 80 research projects. Prof. Bachhiesl offers lectures regarding energy innovation, energy economics, renewable energies, electricity economics and supervised over 100 master theses and dissertations. Prof. Bachhiesl is also active within CIGRÉ and the World Energy Council and is presently vice-head of the Institute of Electricity Economics and Energy Innovation at Graz University of Technology. Currently intensive research activities regarding a sustainable energy supply for Africa are ongoing.
IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems (FH Krems)
Located in the heart of the province of Lower Austria, IMC Krems is widely regarded as one of Austria’s most international universities of applied sciences, with one of the most highly developed networks and a practical focus that is second to none. IMC Krems has 140 partner universities, over 1,000 partner companies worldwide and more than 3,000 students from 50 countries. The university offers 32 fulltime and part-time bachelor and master degree programmes in business, digitalisation and engineering, health sciences and life sciences. IMC Krems has strong links with research and business – 39 research projects are currently under way at the university, with total funding of over EUR 8.1 million. English and German as the languages of instruction, internships in Austria and overseas, international exchange programmes and semesters abroad ensure that students are fully prepared for careers in Austria or other countries. Outstanding: IMC Krems has an excellent reputation outside Austria thanks to numerous awards, certifications and accreditations from international organisations, such as the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), a global network of business schools and companies. The university’s quality management system was recently certified by quality assurance agency evalag.
Membership: Since 2020
Mag. (FH), MSc Iris Waringer
Mag. Iris Waringer has:
- long-lasting experience in international higher education projects and cooperation,
- designed and organisation of further education seminars, short courses and vocational trainings,
- many years of experiance in project management of transnational programmes including accreditation procedures, quality assurance measures, contracting, project controlling,
- worked in/on international consulting projects in (higher) education; feasibility studies and conception of secondary vocational schools and universities; project plans, implementation and training measures for educational projects,
- done Research in: Quality Management in Higher Education (EFQM), Early School Leaving and Dropout in Austrian Schools,
- teached: Research Methods, Intercultural Competence, Business Administration.
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Founded in 1972, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) conducts policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. IIASA is based in Austria and sponsored by its National Member Organizations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
Regarding collaborations with African partners over the last two years, IIASA has been part of 29 research projects in partnership with research partners and research users in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia. The research topics range from identifying integrated solutions for water, energy and land along the Zambezi river to developing sustainable energy systems in north Africa to exploring demographic change across the continent.
Egypt and South Africa are both IIASA member countries and have particular interest in developing capacity in the field of systems analysis in their countries and the wider African region.
Membership: Since 2020
Iain Stewart, BA, Head of Communications and External Relations Department
Iain Stewart joined IIASA in 2005 and is the Head of the Communications and External Relations Department. This role also sees Iain working closely with the IIASA Director General and senior managers to strengthen and enhance relations with the 22 countries that have IIASA membership. From Africa, these currently include Egypt and South Africa.
Iain is a former journalist (UK's Sunday Times and Business 2.0 magazine) with over twenty years' experience in communicating research to diverse audiences. He came to IIASA to run the Publication Department, which he subsequently modernized and transformed into the Communications Department--managing IIASA's website, media relations and social media along side traditional publication and marketing activities. In 2013, he managed the merger of the Communications Department with the Library and added digital media to its activities. Finally in 2016, he established an external relations unit within the department to focus on managing IIASA's relations with its member countries.
Prior to IIASA, he ran the press office of the UK's Economic and Social Research Council.
He has a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Sociology and the UK's Chartered Institute of Public Relations' postgraduate qualification in public relations.
Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU)
The Johannes Kepler University Linz is the region's largest institution for research and education, offering space to study, work, and live. Over 21,000 students can choose from over 70 academic degrees at Austria's most beautiful campus university. 3,300 employees conduct research, work and teach at four faculties and three schools. It is a young university with all of the academic departments available on one campus — the design supports collaboration as well as cross-faculty cooperation. Whether it's research between mechatronics and medicine, technology and law, or other faculties, at the JKU Linz, students and researchers network wherever there is synergy and common interests.
Membership: Since 2020
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Veronika Wittmann
Veronika Wittmann works as an Associate Professor for Global Studies at the Department for Modern and Contemporary History at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. She was enrolled in the PhD Programme of the Austrian Academy of Science 2000-2001 and was a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna 2000-2001 as well as a Research Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Iberoamerica in Hamburg 2006. She also worked at the United Nations (UNDP) in Ecuador in 2002. She has undertaken several field research works in Africa, e.g. Zimbabwe 1997, Ghana 1998 and South Africa 19992000 as well as excursions for students, e.g. Uganda 2003 und Namibia 2004. Her conference and lecture activities include 14 states in East, West, Central, Northern and Southern Africa. Veronika Wittmann undertook co-operation work with African partner universities, such as the nomination and counselling for students of all faculties of JKU for an exchange semester at Makerere University, Martyrs University in Uganda, Universit of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania as well as the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. She received her venia legendi for Sociology at Johannes Kepler University Linz in 2013. Veronika Wittmann holds the national Austrian leadership for SDG 17 — Global Cooperations — (partnerships for the goals) at UniNEtZ (universities and sustainable development goals). Her research areas include world society and globalization, sustainable development, gender and development Studies (focus on Sub-Saharan Africa).
MCI Management Center Innsbruck (MCI)
Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) was founded in 1995/96 as a spin-off of the University of Innsbruck, a public comprehensive, research-oriented university, founded in 1669, with presently app. 30,000 students. Among MCI's owners are the Federal State of Tyrol and the City of Innsbruck, the Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Labor and the Association of Industries (“public-private-partnership”). MCI acts as an autonomous academic institution within this framework based on a public-private-partnership concept.
MCI is offering fully accredited bachelor, master & executive programs, short courses, tailored trainings, tech transfer and start-up activities as well as numerous academic services.
Since its start-up in 1995/96, MCI has been developing very successfully and meanwhile enjoys the appreciation of app. 3,300 students, 1,000 full- & part-time faculty, 250 acknowledged partner universities and thousands of successful alumni around the globe.
MCI has been well-received in the market and successfully building up an acknowledged brand. We have been receiving numerous prestigious accreditations, awards and acknowledgements.
More information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM8-8s4iQtA.
Membership: Since 2020
FH-Prof. Dr. habil. Belachew Gebrewold
Belachew Gebrewold, a short bio: Belachew.email@example.com Belachew Gebrewold is a professor of International Relations and the Head of Department and Studies of Social Work and Social Policy at MCI, Innsbruck. His main research areas are African politics, conflicts and migration. His publications include various peer reviewed articles, monographs and edited volumes such as Africa and Fortress Europe, Ashgate 2007; Anatomy of Violence, Ashgate 2009; Global Security Triangle, Routledge 2010; Understanding Migrant Decisions, Routledge, 2016; Human Trafficking and Exploitation, Routledge, 2017. He was also a member of the steering committee of the UN Global Compact for Regular, Safe and Orderly Migration preparatory process in 2017.
Medical University of Graz
The Medical University of Graz – founded as a faculty in 1863 and established as an independent university in 2004 – was listed one of the “top 30 academic institutions under 30“ in the Nature Index of 2019, i.e. it ranks among the best “young” universities worldwide. As a part of its core values the university supports continuous development of the research environment while also preparing students and faculty for successful careers in international contexts. As a vital part of its mission, the university implements internationalization activities within the framework of the following fields of action: Cooperation, Incoming & Outgoing Mobility and Internationalization@Home.
The university employs about 2600 staff members (1500 academic) and enrolment is at about 4500 students in the diploma programs in medicine and dentistry (6 years), the Master’s program in nursing science (2 years) and the PhD and Doctoral Programs (instruction in English) in 2021. All curricula have received the quality label and are the first medical curricula in Austria to have been officially accredited.
The university runs 3 non-clinical research centers and 4 institutes and further cooperates closely with the LKH-University Hospital Graz in 19 clinical departments, 36 clinical divisions and 1 clinical institute. The LKH-University Hospital (KAGes) employs a medical staff of about 1,500, has about 1,600 beds and cares for around 477,000 outpatients and 83,000 inpatients per year (2019). The main focus of the university centers around the patient’s health and well-being (from bench – to bedside – to community) and thus all areas of the university concentrate on this – from the education of the students to the research projects and studies carried out and finally to the patient. The general research field of the university is personalized medicine, specific focus is laid on cardiovascular research, cancer research, molecular foundations of lipid-associated diseases and neurosciences.
Membership: Since 2021
Caroline Schober is a biochemist and molecular biologist with many years of work experience in international management. As a marketing and change management consultant, she worked on projects in the USA and China in the field of industrial minerals. After almost a decade of experience in research management in several national and international large-scale research projects, she was the manager of the Institute for Molecular Biosciences at the University of Graz from 2011 to 2016. Caroline Schober has been Vice Rector of Research and International Affairs at the Medical University of Graz since February 15, 2016.
Medical University of Innsbruck (MUI)
Set in the middle of the Tyrol, in the heart of the Alps, the Medical University of Innsbruck provides ideal conditions for academic achievement. Top level teaching, training and research, as well as high end medical treatment are the University’s core missions. Its various departments are organised into theoretical and clinical as well as administrative units. The Medical University of Innsbruck has a long history. Although it only became an independent university as recently as 2004, its roots go back much further, to 1562, when a Jesuit grammar school was established in Innsbruck. This later became the “Leopold-Franzens-Universität”, which was founded by Emperor Leopold I on 15 October 1669. It was financed with the help of the ‘Hall salt levy’, a special tax on salt, produced in the nearby town of Hall. The Medical University of Innsbruck was born out of one of the university’s four founding faculties – Philosophy (set up in 1669), Law (1670), Theology (1670) and Medicine (1674). Throughout its history, the Faculty of Medicine was always a flagship of the University. Three of the University of Innsbruck’s four Nobel Prize winners were members of the Faculty of Medicine in its Institute of Medical Chemistry. With approximately 3,000 students and around 2,000 staff, the Medical University of Innsbruck is western Austria’s most important medical research and education institution, and understands itself as a university for the Austrian provinces of Tyrol and Vorarlberg, the Trentino and Alto Adige/Südtirol provinces of Italy, and Liechtenstein.
Membership: Since 2020
Univ.-Prof-Dr. Erich Schmutzhard
Department of Neurology, NICU; Innsbruck Medical University, Austria
Born: 29/08/1949, Neumarkt/M, Upper Austria
October 1968-February 1974: Medical School, University Innsbruck, Austria
December 1972-April 1973: Externship Highland View Hospital Cleveland/Ohio, USA
March 1974-August 1977: District Hospital Lienz, Austria-General practitioner
September 1977-December 1977: Diploma for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Liverpool, UK
Feb.-July 1978: Training in Neurology, Department of Neurology, Univ.-Hospital, Innsbruck, Austria
August 1978 - August 1982 Head of the Mnero Hospital, Nachingwea, Tanzania
Nov. 1982 – Oct. 1987 Training in Neurology, Dept. of Neurology Univ.-Hospital, Innsbruck, Austria
June-October 1986: Guest lecturer in Tropical Neurology Mahidol University Bangkok, Thailand
October 1987: Specialist in Neurology
November 1994: Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine
General practice: 1977, Neurology 1987, Intensive Care Medicine: 1994 Univ. Doz. (Associate Prof.) of Neurology: 1988
Since 1988: Head of the Neurointensive Care Unit, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Innsbruck, Austria
Since 1990: Deputy Director of the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Innsbruck, Austria
Since 1995 Member of the Ethics Committee of the Medical University Innsbruck, Austria
Since 1996 Guest lecturer for Tropical Neurology, Bernhard Nocht Institute, UKE, Hamburg, Germany
1998 – 2011 Guest lecturer for Tropical Neurology, Charite, Berlin, Germany
July 2001: Professor for Neurocritical Care Medicine, University Hospital Innsbruck, Austria
2003 – 2005 Guest-Professor for Neurology and Neurocritical Care Medicine, Osijek University, Croatia
2006 – 2010 Guest-Professor for Neurocritical Medicine, University of Tripolis, Neuro-Spine Centre, Tripolis Lybia
2004 - 2017 Vice-Chairman of the Ethics Committee / Internal Review Board of the Medical University Innsbruck, Austria
Retired Head of the Neurocritical Care Unit, Medical University Innsbruck, Austria Professor of Neurology and Critical Care Medicine ongoing Senior Lecturer in Tropical Neurology, Bernhard Nocht Institut für tropenmedizin, hamburg, Germany ongoing Coordinator of ASEA Uninet and Eurasia Pacific Uninet; Medical Univ. Innsbruck, Austria Chairman of the EAN Task Force: Neurology and Africa Vice-Chairman of the EAN-Subcommittee on Infectious diseases of the Nervous System, Former Chairman and Member of the EAN Scientific Panel Neurocritical Care Management Group, Member of the EAN- and WFN Education Committees Austrian WFN Delegate Member of the “Nationales Poliomyelitis-Komittees am Österr. Bundesministerium für Soziales, Gesundheit und Konsumentenschutz (BMSGK), Member of the Nationales Masern-/Röteln-Verifizierungskomitees am BMSGK
Publications: 348 peer reviewed publications
Major Research Fields: Clinical Neurocritical Care Medicine, Translational Neurocritical Care, Medicine Tropical and Infectious Disease Neurology
Medical University of Vienna (MedUni Vienna)
The Medical University of Vienna (briefly: MedUni Vienna) is one of the most traditional medical training and research facilities in Europe. It is today the largest medical training institute in the German-speaking area with about 8,000 students. With its 26 university hospitals, three clinical institutes, 12 theoretical medicine centres and numerous highly specialised laboratories, it is included among the most important cutting-edge research institutes of Europe in the area of biomedicine. Its own laboratory building with highly specialised "Core Facilities" was inaugurated in June 2010 with the "Anna Spiegel Research Building”.
Membership: Since 2020
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med univ. Bertrand Lell
Bertrand Lell studied medicine in Vienna. On completing his studies, Prof. Lell did diplomas in Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Danube University Krems, later going on to complete a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Prof. Lell came to spend his first placement in Lambaréné in 1995, at the Albert Schweizer Hospital, where he worked on clinical and epidemiological malaria studies. Afterwards he transferred to the Institute of Tropical Medicine of the University of Tübingen in 1996 and expanded his specialist knowledge via placements at the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Kilifi.
The small research laboratory at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital has now become the Centre de Recherches Médicale de Lambaréné (CERMEL), a large centre with more than 150 employees on a large campus. Lell manages this centre together with two colleagues.
The main focus of Lell's research is on the development of new treatments for malaria. For example, he was involved in the development of the first approved malaria vaccine. Series of studies are already being conducted with an attenuated, second-generation malaria vaccine.
Over the past few years, his attention has also been drawn to the subject of tuberculosis. Together with the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Gabon is conducting research aimed at combating multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
Other parasitic diseases, which come under the blanket term of "Neglected Tropical Diseases" and which include schistosomiasis and hookworms, are another of Lell's major research interests. Lell also runs the demographic information system, which is a regularly updated census of all households in Lambaréné and the surrounding area. The system serves as a basis for a series of studies
Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL)
Montanuniversitaet Leoben (MUL) is an almost 200-year old global center of academic excellence in its core disciplines that are oriented along the value added life cycle from raw materials to high performance materials to recycling and secondary raw materials, accompanied by environmental and energy challenges. It offers BSc, MSc and PhD programs in all these fields. MUL and its scientific disciplines represent the future global trends of societal, industrial and scientific development, as outlined by the H2020 programs of the European Union. As a small and specialized university, it offers its 4000 students excellent infrastructure and excellent chances on the job market. MUL aims at contributing to the responsible development of our society by providing excellent education for young people, exceptional scientific results within its core disciplines as well as high quality transfer activities. The university is an active part of the international scientific community and to be able to keep up this position it reevaluates its activities constantly against its role within a global society and the challenges this imposes. Due to the applied nature, both research and education are delivered in close cooperation with the relevant industry in Austria, Europe and world wide.
Membership: Since 2020
Univ.-Prof-Dr. Peter Moser
Peter Moser is a professor at Montanuniversitaet Leoben. He completed his MSc in Mining Engineering with a specialisation in Tunnelling in 1983 and his PhD in Mining in 1989. Since 2006 he is the Head of Department of Mineral Resources & Petroleum Engineering and holds the Chair of Mining Engineering & Mineral Economics. In 2011 he was appointed Vice Rector, responsible for International Affairs. Through his very active involvement in the European and global Raw Materials landscape, such as his involvement in the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials High Level Steering Group or his role as steering committee member in the EIT RawMaterials Community, his research and devotion currently revolve around the societal challenges regarding a global sustainable raw materials supply.
Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS)
The University of Salzburg (in German: Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg PLUS), with over 18,000 students and 2,800 employees in research, teaching and administration is the largest educational institution in both the city and province of Salzburg.
As an integral part of the cultural and economic life of Salzburg, it is a meeting place between teachers and students, scientists and the public. Over 50% of academic staff and approximately 38% of the University’s students come from international backgrounds.
Salzburg is one of the safest cities in the world, and the University’s excellent student-to-staff ratio means students also enjoy a supportive environment and learning culture. The University’s twenty sites are located in and around Salzburg’s historical centre, which is a UNESCO listed world heritage site. Situated in the heart of Europe, Salzburg offers fantastic connections to neighbouring countries and to some of Austria’s most beautiful alpine national parks. It is also a culturally vibrant city, home to world-famous performing arts and music festivals. Operating in this setting, the University of Salzburg offers international students and scholars a broad and unique range of experiences.
The University of Salzburg is a very old but, at the same time, a very new and modern university. It was first founded in 1622 as a Catholic Benedictine University by the former Archbishop of Salzburg Paris Lodron, who was born in the small northern Italian city of Rovereto. During the Napoleonic Wars, at the beginning of the 19th Century, the University was closed down and was not reopened, even after Salzburg became part of the Austrian Empire. Many of our institution’s building are within walking distance of each other or in purpose-built research and teaching facilities nearby. Some of these buildings date back to the time of the university’s original founding, whilst others are newly built with striking modern designs. All are equipped with up-to-date facilities for teaching, learning and research.
Membership: Since 2020
Mag. MA Peter Mayr; Director for International Relations
Director for International Relations at the University of Salzburg (since 2016) Other relevant professional experience: 2007 –2019 independent expert work for the different Directorate Generals for Research & Innovation and Education of the European Commission (2015; 2018-19), recently for the EU Delegation to Georgia (2019), the UNESCO (2011; 12. 13) or the World Bank (2007), or for different relevant working groups in Austria (2015-19);
2012-15 – associate lecturer at School of European Culture and Languages of the University of Kent in Canterbury (UK) focus: Media and the public sphere in Europe (academic position)
2009-2011 – Policy Officer for the Directorate General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission (END) in Brussels -focus: International Cooperation including EU R&I cooperation with Africa; coordination of national and regional programmes (ERA-NET; ERA-NET+; Joint Programming)
2004-2008 – Coordinator of the EU Framework Programme 6 project ‘The Southeast Europe ERA-NET’
1999-2003 higher education manager for the Austrian ERASMUS National Agency in Vienna (AT); Numerous academic publications in the field for Research and Innovation studies focussing Research and Innovation governance
Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (SUAS)
Practical courses, a strong focus on research and plenty of opportunities Salzburg University of Applied Sciences offers its 3,000 students a first-rate academic education with a strong practical orientation in the following disciplines: Engineering, Business and Social Sciences, Design, Media and Arts, and Health Studies. With its international outlook and focus on innovative research and teaching, the university is a pioneer of future-oriented solutions for business and society, particularly in the dynamic subject areas of technology, health and media.
Mag. Ulrike Szigeti
Ulrike Szigeti is Vice-Rector at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. She is responsible for international relations as well as education and student affairs. Since 2005 Ulrike Szigeti has been International Academic Coordinator in the departments of Forest Products Technology & Timber Construction as well as Design & Product Management. Furthermore, she is a lecturer for Spanish in these departments and has participated in several LLL and Erasmus+ programmes for language learning and teaching with new technologies, intercomprehension didactics and intercultural communication.
University of Applied Arts Vienna (UAAV)
The University of Applied Arts Vienna is home to about 2,000 students, many of whom come from other European countries and from elsewhere abroad. As a leading centre of excellence in art, design and architecture, in teaching and research, “the Angewandte” has a strong international reputation. It provides societal impulses on various levels. It sees itself as a place of free artistic and academic expression, a forum for open debate and a laboratory for unfolding the potentials of artistic visions in today´s society and the societies of the future. The University offers a wide range of classical and exceptionally innovative study programs. By combining its own in-house expertise with relevant research partners in a transdisciplinary approach, “the Angewandte” contributes, in diverse project constellations, towards fulfilling innovative and sociopolitical goals. The University operates in a densely woven and structurally well-established network of internationally renowned institutions and experts, providing a fruitful ground for manifold forms of cooperation, in order to gain new insights and develop new forms and concepts of our capacity to act.
Membership: Since 2020
Univ.Prof.Mag.art Barbara Putz-Plecko
Barbara Putz-Plecko is a visual artist and professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Since 2007 she has been Vice-Rector of the University, responsible for Research in Arts and Sciences, Quality Enhancement and Diversity. She also has been Head of the Institute of Art Education since 2001 and Head of the Department of Art and Communication Practices since 2006. For more than twenty-five years Barbara Putz-Plecko has also lectured at other European art schools, the longest lectureship having been at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany. As an artist and researcher she has collaborated with many academic and non-academic institutions and grassroots organizations, and she has acted as supervisor, project partner or coordinator of numerous art projects. One of her main focuses has been interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary and trans-cultural collaboration processes and the exploration of the potentials of the arts for transformative . The art projects she has undertaken as well as the partnerships she has established have been not only in Europe but also in Africa (e.g. Uganda, Ghana, Tunesia), the Middle East, Latin America (e.g. Cuba, Colombia), New Zealand, Canada and the United States.
University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FH Oberösterreich)
University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Founded in 1994, the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria is one of the leading universities of its kind in Austria. Our four schools are located in the heart of Austria:
- School of Informatics, Communications and Media, Hagenberg Campus
- School of Medical Engineering and Applied Social Sciences, Linz Campus
- School of Business and Management, Steyr Campus
- School of Engineering, Wels Campus
With more than 6,000 students in 70 internationally recognized degree programmes, 450 academics in research and teaching and students from 60 different countries, it is an important player in university education in Austria. Cooperations with 250 partner universities worldwide and more than 1,000 industry partners provide a vast amount of opportunities in international education and research.
What makes Upper Austria special?
The province of Upper Austria is located in the heart of Austria and in the centre of Europe. It is a strong economic region which provides a number of advantages. More than 25% of Austria’s exports come from this region, and many internationally recognized companies such as voestalpine, BMW, KTM, Rosenbauer and Rotax have operations here, with our graduates serving as valuable employees. This creates excellent job opportunities, resulting in a 99% employment rate for our graduates in their desired professions. And it is a safe place to live, providing one of the highest standards of living in Europe.
Study where knowledge is generated
The latest findings from research and development are directly integrated into teaching and project activities. Innovative solutions are developed in collaboration with students, ensuring rapid implementation into marketable products and processes. Over 600 institutions utilise the expertise of our researchers, with an annual project volume of up to 20 million euros. A total of six centers of excellence serve as the basis for cutting-edge and industry-relevant research:
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The quality of our education is mirrored by the success of our graduates. Some have become the CEOs of branch offices of globally operating companies such as Google, and others have founded their own start-ups that have developed into well-known players in their respective industries. Our motto “make it real” sums it up best.
Membership: Since 2020
FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Otmar Höglinger; Head of Food Technology and Nutrition programme
Professor Höglinger is the Head of the Food Technology and Nutrition programme. He has many years of international experience in the implementation of research and development projects in both the food and chemical industries.
University of Innsbruck (UIBK)
The University’s main mandate is to focus on research and development, teaching and continuing professional education and training. In all these fields its regional status is to be deepened and its high ranking in the European academic area is to be guaranteed. This is laid down in the Mission Statement of the University of Innsbruck. The University is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and students, irrespective of gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, and religious belief, and membership of the travelling community. Founded in 1669, the University of Innsbruck looks back to a long and variable history. The University has always been a supporting pillar of the Tyrolean society and has influenced the region tremendously. The importance of its status as a research and educating institution can be seen in the numerous award winning alumni and current and former scientists teaching and researching at the University. Many scientific cutting-edge discoveries have been made at this institution. Today the University comprises of 16 faculties and 83 departments.
Membership: Since 2020
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Anke Bockreis;
Anke Bockreis is a full professor for Waste Treatment and Resource Management at the University of Innsbruck in Austria since 2009. In her work, she deals with various issues of waste prevention, waste recycling and the sustainable use of resources in order to aid climate protection. She holds a degree in civil engineering and made her PhD with the topic of monitoring of biofilters in 2001. She was working at the IWAR – Chair of Waste Management at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany for more than 14 years. Furthermore, she worked for several consulting companies also in the field of mechanical-biological waste treatment and monitoring of emissions. From 03/2012 to 02/2020 she was the Vice rector for Infrastructure at the University of Innsbruck.
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)
The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) has more than 160 partner universities within ERASMUS+ Programme countries and more than 90 partner universities worldwide, in addition to the 11 CEEPUS networks and other International University networks with whom BOKU is collaborating, too – an overview on all these co-operation agreements is provided here for the Partner institutions and here for the Networks.
More information about BOKU: https://boku.ac.at/
Membership: Since 2020
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Univ.Prof. DI Dr.DDr.h.c. Hubert Hasenauer; Rector of BOKU
Univ.Prof.Dr.DDr.h.c. Hubert Hasenauer: Professor for Forest Ecosystem Management, at BOKU - the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. He started his career as forest manager for the federal forest company before he joined BOKU. His scientific interests are forest management, ecosystem modeling, and the role of forests in the global carbon cycle. He contributed and led more than 70 projects in Europe as well as in the US, South America, Russia, Ethiopia, China, Nepal and Bhutan. He published more than 250 scientific papers, mainly in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and conference contributions. He served as the chairman of the European Forest Institute, was chief-editor of Forest Ecology and Management and is the editor of the Austrian Journal of Forest Science. He chairs the Austrian-Africa Uninet, is the vice-president of ICA, the network of the 60 European Life Science Universities. For 7 years, he chaired the academic Senat of the University, was the speaker of the 22 public Austrian Universities and was one of the 12 members of the committee for higher education in Austria. Since February 1, 2018, he is the President of BOKU.
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Andreas Melcher
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Andreas Melcher is a senior scientist at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and head of the BOKU Institute for Development Research (IDR). His work is based on trans-disciplinary and socio-ecological transition in the context of environmental processes – in particular environmental monitoring and assessment, freshwater ecology, fisheries management, climate change effects and SDGs. His scientific interest also includes capacity building in higher education in countries such as Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Bhutan, Nepal or Iran. One particular aim is to be engaged in implementing interdisciplinary research results into practice. This expanding scope of a cross over applied research has naturally incorporated ecological cause effect analyses, adaptive system analyses, social and gender aspects.
University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (VetMed)
The University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna is the only academic educational and research institution in Austria that focuses on the veterinary sciences, and at the same time the oldest such institution in the German-speaking world (founded 1765 by the Empress Maria Theresia). Our mission: Responsible teaching, visionary research and ambitious healing. About 1,300 employees and 2,300 students work on the campus in the north of Vienna, which also houses the animal hospital and various spin-off-companies. The University stands for a first-rate education with a high degree of practical relevance. Outstanding basic research in veterinary medicine and the natural sciences, as well as applied and clinical research, ensure scientific progress that benefits animals and humans. Healthy animals and safe animal-based foods are an essential prerequisite for public health. The academic offering meets international standards. Course content is conveyed in an interdisciplinary and problem-based fashion. Five University Clinics, an agricultural teaching and research farm and an on-site training centre with a practice veterinary clinic are available for clinical and hands-on training. The University Clinics are both teaching hospital and transfer clinic for scientifically challenging cases from local veterinarians. Animal patients are cared for all year long, round the clock. The Vienna campus of the Vetmeduni Vienna houses the Messerli-Research Institute; two research institutes at Vienna’s Wilhelminenberg and an extensive teaching and research farm south of Vienna with a satellite in Wieselburg and the IFA Tulln are included. The children of the staff and students are cared for during the day at a kindergarten.
Membership: Since 2020
Dr.phil Ursula Schober
Ursula Schober is Austrian. She holds a PhD of Zoology and Anthropology (Dr.phil.) from the University of Vienna and has been running the International Relations Office of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (Vetmeduni Vienna) since 2002. She had worked as a resarch assistant at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama (1988-1996) before taking the CEO position of an Austrian Nature Protection NGO (1994-1998) and working as research associate in ecotoxicology at Vetmeduni Vienna. Ursula Schober is ERASMUS+ institutional coordinator, BOLOGNA contact person, member of the Forum International and Forum Immigration Law of the Austrian Rectors’ Conference and Deputy Chair of the University Preparation Programme (VWU) Commission
University of Vienna (UNIVIE)
Founded in 1365, the University of Vienna is one of the oldest universities in Europe, and it is also one of the largest too. About 9,800 employees, 6,800 of whom are academic staff, work at 20 faculties and centres. This makes the University of Vienna Austria’s largest research and education institution. About 90,000 national and international students are currently enrolled at the University of Vienna. With 178 degree programmes, the University offers the most diverse range of studies in Austria. The University of Vienna is also a major provider of continuing education and training in Austria.
Membership: Since 2020
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Regina Hitzenberger; Vize-Rector
Regina Hitzenberger has been Vice-Rector for Infrastructure since 2015. She studied physics, astronomy and mathematics at the University of Vienna and obtained her doctoral degree in 1982. Following research stays in the US and Japan, Hitzenberger received her habilitation degree in 1993. From 1997 to 2011, she was associate professor at the Faculty of Physics. Since 2012, she has been Professor of Aerosol and Cluster Physics at the University of Vienna. Regina Hitzenberger is a member of the American Association for Aerosol Research and the American Geophysical Union.
Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna)
The WU is one of Europe's biggest, most modern Universities of Economic Sciences. WU’s high quality standards in research and education are approved by international quality seals. As a research-intensive public university with a keen awareness of its obligations to society, WU prepares its students to take on responsibility in business and society. At WU, young people learn the business and economics skills they need to contribute productively to facing today’s and tomorrow’s economic, social, legal, and ecological challenges using future-oriented expertise and responsible business behavior. WU sees itself as an international university, as an important hub for global exchange, and as a place where students and teachers work together. Open-mindedness and diversity were already among the university’s key values at WU’s founding in 1898. WU is committed to the principles of fairness and equal opportunities, scientific integrity, academic freedom, and especially plurality in topics and methodology. WU is a responsible university. This means that WU not only accepts responsibility for the quality of its performance in research, teaching, and third mission activities, but also that it acts in a socially responsible manner in all that it does.
Membership: Since 2020
Univ.Prof. Dr.rer.pol. Sabine Frerichs
Sabine Frerichs is Professor of Economic Sociology at the Department of Socioeconomics at WU Vienna (Vienna University of Economics and Business). She holds a PhD degree in Sociology from the University of Bamberg, Germany, and was Assistant Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research and teaching is concerned with interactions of economy and society. This reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the Department and a shared interest at WU to put business and economics into global perspective(s).