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Higher Education in English

Higher Education in English

Ten years ago, there were few opportunities for college students to study in English at an Austrian university in Vienna. There were some exchange programmes for foreign students, like the Institute for European Studies (IES), and branch campuses of foreign institutions, like Webster University Vienna. But now, following the agreements in the “Bologna Process”, a […]

The Ideal Of a Free University

The Ideal Of a Free University

“Maybe we should simply close down all Austrian universities and provide all those who want to study with a €1,500 scholarship to study abroad.” Austrian writer Robert Menasse is a master of polemic. The author of books like Wings of Stone (1991) or Reverse Thrust (1995) has recently paid tribute to Austria’s oldest and largest […]

Can Creativity be Taught? No, but Skills Can!

Can Creativity be Taught? No, but Skills Can!

At first, it was all pretty overwhelming, admitted Nils Georg Treutlein, a creative writing student at the Institute for Language Arts (Institut für Sprachkunst) at Vienna’s University of Applied Arts. There was no formula, he knew, no simple recipe for turning out good writers – whatever that means. “You come in with a lot of […]

Outrage and Action: the Youth

Outrage and Action: the Youth

The Austrian Student Union’s “Education Action Day” (Bildungsaktionstag) had been planned weeks in advance. When 18 Oct came, hundreds gathered outside the Ministry of Science on Minoritenplatz to demand more funding for Austria’s ailing universities, while plenary sessions at the Universities of Salzburg and Graz highlighted the issue ahead of Finance Minister Maria Fekter’s budget […]

Rewriting (UN) History

“Delegates, come to order,” demands a young man in a gray suit and knocks impatiently on the table. When things settle down, he adjusts his tie and, with brows furrowed, begins to examine the group. There are 17 of them, all dressed nicely, clinging on to their placards in eager expectation of the next motion. […]

Study Supports Higher Education Expenditures

Although Austria is among the top three in education spending, it significantly lags behind the OECD average in successful graduates, according to the OECD study “Education at a Glance 2010” published Sept. 7.  In Austria, only 18% of matriculated students complete their degrees, as compared with an OECD member average of 28%. These and other […]

Universities Fall in International Ranking

Austrian universities fell in international ranking for the 2nd year in a row, according to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2010/11, with Austria ranking 21st in the national survey. The University of Vienna ranked 195th this year, a drop of 63 places, and the University of Innsbruck ranked 187th, thus surpassing Vienna for […]

Rural Development that Works

Awareness about development solutions and innovations create the actual bridge to access to vital resources. Webster University helps create awareness about the crisis of resources for the world’s poor by supporting global relations.  Through academic conferences and student volunteers Webster is building relationships within the international community. At the 15th Annual Webster Humanitarian Conference hosted […]

Students demand that Hahn gets serious

“Money for Education” (Geld für Bildung), “the Uni is burning” (die Uni brennt), “Think! Don’t serve!” (denken statt dienen) – Banners hanging all around the Audimax auditorium at the University of Vienna’s Main Building shout out the issues in what is becoming Austria’s most massive civil protest in nearly a decade. What started on Oct. […]

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