Alma Mater Europaea

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Alma Mater Europaea
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Latin: Alma Mater Europaea
Motto European University for Leadership
Established 2010
President Felix Unger
Rector Werner Weidenfeld
Academic staff 200
Students 1000
Undergraduates 750
Postgraduates 200
Doctoral students 50
Location Salzburg, Austria
Campus campuses in Germany, Slovenia
Colors Blue, Yellow
Nickname Alma Mater, AlmaMater, Almamater
Affiliations European Academy of Sciences and Arts

Alma Mater Europaea (Latin: The European nourishing mother, i.e. university) is an international university based in the Austrian city of Salzburg, with campuses in several European cities. It was founded as an initiative by the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, a learned society of around 1500 prominent scientists,[1] including 29 Nobel laureates.


Representatives of the academy meeting in Munich in 2011 to plan the activities of Alma Mater Europaea.

Since the early 2000s, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts has been planning the establishment of the university, occasionally with the subtitle of European University for Leadership.[2][3][4]

Rector Werner Weidenfeld and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel
The 2013 graduation ceremony at the campus in Maribor

In 2010, Alma Mater Europaea was officially established, with Prof. dr. Felix Unger being appointed as its first president, while the German political scientist prof. dr. Werner Weidenfeld became the first rector, and the Slovenian lawyer and diplomat prof. dr. Ludvik Toplak the first prorector.

At a meeting in Munich in February 2011, under the patronage of the presidents of 12 member states of the European Union, the board determined which courses the university would provide. These were to be taught in various cities across the union, in several languages, including English, German, and Spanish.[5] In line with the international nature of the university, students, teachers, and prominent European thinkers would meet at an international symposium at the graduation. It was also decided that Alma Mater Europaea would be incorporated in European and international networks of universities through cooperation agreements.[6]

At the meeting it was decided that in the first stage, Alma Mater Europaea would start three 2-year degree programmes.[7]

The university board stated that Alma Mater Europaea would be based on three so-called "W principles": Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Wirken. In German, this means: Science, Economy, Effect.[8]

In 2011, the university opened in Slovenia its first campus, located in the Slovenian city of Maribor. This campus enrolled about 500 students in 2011. In July 2011 the university also co-sponsored a summer school in St. Gallen, Switzerland.[9] In the academic year 2012-2013, about 800 students were enrolled in Maribor. In 2013, the Salzburg campus of Alma Mater Europaea was founded and several other campuses are planned to be opened this year. It is planned that about 1000 students will be enrolled in various studies in Austria, Slovenia, and other countries in academic year 2013/14.

Locations and departments[edit]

Currently, the university has premises in Salzburg, Ljubljana, Maribor, and Murska Sobota. While administration and offices are mainly in Salzburg and Maribor, lecturing takes place mainly in Ljubljana and Murska Sobota. Lecturing in Salzburg, as well as some other European cities, will start in 2014.

  • Department of Physical Therapy
  • Department of Nursing
  • Department of Social Gerontology
  • Department of Management and European Studies
  • Department of Archival and Documentology Studies


  • European leadership program, producing future European thinkers; the studies focus in European leadership, culture, political sciences, law, and human rights.
  • European business studies, producing future European business leaders; This European MBA program would focus on political leadership and strategies, European identity and political culture, transformation and development of Europe, social reforms, sustainable development, globalization.
  • Theological studies, which would be studied at the newly set-up European Dialogue Center for Theological Studies. A network of dialogue between Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Islam would be formed with a focus on question "What do the others think differently?" [10]

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