Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

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Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
Motto Per Aspera Ad Astra
Established 1970 / 1975 / 1993
Type Public
Rector Oliver Vitouch
Academic staff 978
Students 10,638[1] (effective: winter semester 2013/14)
Doctoral students 1,166[2] (effective: winter semester 2013/14)
Location Klagenfurt, Austria

The University of Klagenfurt (also Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt , AAU) is the largest education and research establishment in the Austrian province of Carinthia, and has facilities in Klagenfurt, Vienna and Graz.

Efforts to develop the university began in 1964, and regular degree programmes commenced in 1973, during the tenure of provincial governor Hans Sima. [3]

The university comprises the faculties of Humanities, Management and Economics, Technical Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (IFF), as well as a School of Education (SoE), established as a University Centre in 2012 and dedicated to teacher training.

The IFF Faculty also maintains departments at the locations in Vienna and Graz; the Dean of IFF, Verena Winiwarter, was voted Austrian Scientist of the Year 2013. In addition to the departments and units of the individual faculties, the university also hosts a number of central facilities such as the Musil-Institute (co-organiser of the Bachmann Prize, among other things), the University Cultural Centre (UNIKUM), the build!Gründerzentrum, the University Sports Institute (USI), and the Klagenfurt University Library.

The Rector of the university is Oliver Vitouch; Norbert Frei chairs the University Senate, and Robert Rebhahn is chairman of the University Council.


In 1964 the Kärntner Universitätsbund was founded, an association to develop a university for the Carinthian region. In 1966 the plan was to set up an institute of higher education in economics; however, by 1968 a new plan had been formed to create an institute for educational science. In 1970 the Austrian parliament passed a law allowing its development, and in 1971 the first, temporary building was in use. In 1972 the first student completed a doctorate there.

From 1973 to 1978 academic courses were started in philosophy, history, German and English language and literature, French, the Slavic languages, mathematics, geography and linguistics. From 1973 the first regular courses at degree and doctorate level began and teachers were trained.

These courses were at first still taking place in temporary buildings, however, as work did not begin on the main university building until 1974. The final, south section was completed in 2000.

In 1975 new laws on the forms of higher education came into force and the name of the institute was changed to Universität für Bildungswissenschaften. This also required a university council to be formed: its first meeting took place in 1976.

In 1977 the first graduation ceremony took place for students completing a Magister degree.

An inter-university research institute for teaching technology, media skills and the teaching of engineering was founded in 1978 but closed down ten years later. In 1979 an inter-university research institute for distance studies was founded. It changed its name to the Faculty for Interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education (Interuniversitäres Institut für interdisziplinäre Forschung und Fortbildung, IFF) in 1991.

The name of the university changed to "Universität Klagenfurt" in 1993. At the same time, a Faculty of Cultural Studies and a Faculty of Economics, BusinessAdministration and Informatics were inaugurated.

In recognition of its manifold activities in the Alps-Adriatic Region, the university adopts the name Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt in 2004. The Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education (IFF) is established as the university’s third faculty.

The expansion of Technical Sciences results in the foundation of a separate faculty at the beginning of the year 2007. The Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Informatics is restructured to yield a Faculty of Management and Economics and a Faculty of Technical Sciences. With its thematic focus on Ambient Intelligence and Applied Computer Science, it is closely collaborating with the adjacent Lakeside Science & Technology Park, one of Austria's largest projects of campus development.

The M/O/T – School of Management, Organizational Development and Technology was founded in 2008, combining the continuing education programmes offered in the areas of Management, Economics and Organizational Management.

In 2012, the University Centre School of Education (SoE), which encompasses large sections of the initial and continuing vocational education of teachers, was established.

Degree programmes and university courses[edit]

Degree programmes[edit]

Diploma programmes, Bachelor's degree & Master's degree programmes[4]

Teacher training programmes

Doctoral degree programmes

Faculties, Institutes and University Centres[edit]

Faculty of Humanities[edit]

The Faculty of Humanities currently offers eleven subjects in the humanities and has two specialized institutes. Their ambition, besides carrying out subject-specific tasks, is to foster multilingualism and intercultural education – with particular emphasis on the Alps-Adriatic region.

Faculty for Interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education[edit]

The Faculty for Interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education develops, tests and evaluates innovative ideas in the academic fields of research, training and organization. The objective of the faculty is to tackle prevailing social problem areas by creating adequate research and learning processes.

Faculty of Technical Sciences[edit]

The Faculty of Technical Sciences is dedicated to research and training in the fields of informatics, information technology and technical mathematics. The faculty was founded in January 2007 and superseded the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Informatics as well as a newly established Department for information and communication technology. The faculty is headed by Dean Professor Gerhard Friedrich and Pro-Dean Professor Hermann Hellwagner. It is organized into seven institutes and offers four bachelor degree courses, four master degree courses, two doctorate programs as well as two teacher training degree courses.

The special research area self-organizing networked systems works together with the independent research institute Lakeside Labs.[5]

Faculty of Management and Economics[edit]

The Faculty of Management and Economics at the Alps-Adriatic University of Klagenfurt has a focus on applied business management while fostering interdisciplinary links with law, sociology, economics and application-oriented geography. Within these disciplines, the faculty concentrates on areas of research and development, teaching and consultancy work in fields where cultural, business and social factors interact.[6]

School of Education (SoE)[edit]

The School of Education encompasses large sections of the initial and continuing vocational education of teachers.

M/O/T – School of Management, Organizational Development and Technology[edit]

Honorary doctors[edit]


  • build! Gründerzentrum
  • M/O/T – School of Management, Organizational Development and Technology
  • Robert Musil Institute for Literary Research
  • University Sports Institute (USI)


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°36′59″N 14°15′54″E / 46.61639°N 14.26500°E / 46.61639; 14.26500