The Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt has been futureoriented and dynamic from the day it was founded. Today it is Carinthia’s leading educational and research institution. It opens its doors to the whole world and thrives on interculturality and people whose minds know no frontiers.
In contrast to the mass universities, the structure and the manageable scale of the university have positive effects in many respects: on research and its organisation, on teaching operations and on internal administration. These benefits are compounded by the specific character of a genuine campus university. This compact structure is of considerable advantage for the organisation of student life (lecture halls, library, refectory, student dorm etc) and for cross-disciplinary research activities.
Teaching – shaping the transfer of kowledge
Teaching at the Alpen-Adria-Universität is characterised by top educational quality, as is proven by the university’s regular leading positions in international rankings. Teachers’ and students’ research activities are always at the cutting edge, guaranteeing the university’s knowledge lead. “Universitas magistrorum et scholarium” — the unity of teachers and scholars, is a principle that is actively applied at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. Small groups are a guarantee of the best teaching support, while the variety of degree programmes available also means that a broad range of interests can be covered in the best possible way.
Lifelong learning is the philosophy and cornerstone of the Alpen-Adria– Universität. Bachelors, masters, diploma, secondary school teacher accreditation, doctoral programmes and university non-degree programmes or open programmes for the keen and intellectually active communicate education, training and further training at the highest level and for a wide range of age groups.
Internationalism and the excellent support during the degree course, even in the extremely popular subjects of applied business administration, psychology, education, journalism and communication science, make the Alpen-Adria-Universität an attractive place to study for degree programme and non-degree programme students alike.
Internationalism at the Alpen-Adria-Universität
The University’s international focus makes an important contribution to the determination of the creative potential of the science pursued here. Contacts, exchange programmes and cooperation are the strategy keywords, paving the way researcher, teacher and student mobility. With research and teaching programmes attuned to the needs of the situation in the Alps-Adriatic region, internationalisation is a main point of focus.
The Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt is linked with universities around the globe by means of partnership agreements. Joint-study programmes are based on bilateral agreements with partner universities in Europe, the USA, Australia, Africa and Japan. One semester scholarships are available for the more successful students, while Fulbright scholarships and professorships enable further exchanges with American universities.
Co-operation activities and bilateral agreements between universities are supported by the EU through the Socrates and Erasmus programmes. Students are thus able to spend three to twelve months abroad, consolidating both their language skills and their specialist knowledge, acquiring new perspectives and gaining a new awareness of other cultures, a further benefit of a stay abroad. Students who wish to profit from international experience are supported by the International Office.
The Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt regards itself as a centre of research within the Alps-Adriatic region, bringing together researchers from a variety of disciplines and geographic territories. The main research interests are naturally aligned with the faculties and disciplines, which are represented at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. The research carried out here can thus be assigned to the following key areas: “Culture, Education and Life”, “Economics, Organisation and Sustainability”, and “Technical Systems”.
The AAU actively pursues its stated objective to further expand its visibility and competitiveness within the international scientific community, and to establish a clear profile as a partner for cooperation, both in national and international research networks. One particular area of focus lies in the interfaculty treatment of research topics. The Alpen-Adria-Universität counts the sheer breadth and diversity of knowledge, methodologies and disciplines – contributed by researchers when jointly approaching research questions – as one of its core strengths. Structural clarity and short communication paths further contribute to supporting these activities.
Research activities are observed in a (self-)critical and constructive manner, using a sophisticated quality management system. This view provides an important foundation for any further development in the research sphere.
Furthermore, the Alpen-Adria-Universität also provides support to its researchers who are involved in preparing project proposals for submission to highly competitive research programmes such as FWF– or EU-projects. Today, a significant share of the research work carried out here is financed through third-party funding.
The main research areas of the AAU are also reflected in the level of participation in research projects with national and international partners. Here, the AAU’s international networks extend far beyond the core area nestled within the Alps-Adriatic region.