Österreichische Universitätenkonferenz

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Österreichische Universitätenkonferenz (Uniko; English: Universities Austria) is an association that supports universities in Austria and promotes science and research.[1] It began in 1911.[2] In 2008 it changed its name from Österreichische Rektorenkonferenz (Austrian Rectors' Conference) to the current Österreichische Universitätenkonferenz.[2]


The first meeting of the group took place in Vienna in 1911. From the start of the University Organization Act 1975 until the end of December 2003, when the Universitäts-Organisationsgesetz 1993 [de] (1993 University Organization Act) was superseded by the Universitätsgesetz 2002 [de] (2002 University Act), the Rectors' Conference was a federal institution with partial legal capacity (Teilrechtsfähigkeit [de]).

In addition to the internal coordination of the Austrian state universities, Uniko represents the concerns of universities in international and national affairs and in the public,[3] and is a member of the European University Association. The association signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities in November 2004.[4]

Association members are the state universities in accordance with the 2002 University Act, which are represented in the plenary assembly by the respective rector. The president is elected from the ranks of university rectors. The president since January 2018 is the historian Eva Blimlinger [de], rector of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.


The following have served as chairmen and presidents of the association:[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Associations of Universities". International Encyclopedia of Education (3rd ed.). Elsevier. 2010. pp. 485–490. ISBN 978-0-08-044894-7.
  2. ^ a b "Uniko: History", Uniko.ac.at (in German and English), Österreichische Universitätenkonferenz, retrieved 16 July 2018
  3. ^ Nadine Shovakar; Andrea Bernhard (2014). "Drivers for Change in the Austrian University Sector: Implications for Quality Management". In Zinaida Fadeeva; et al. Sustainable Development and Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Transformation of Learning and Society. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137459145.
  4. ^ "Berlin Declaration: Signatories", Openaccess.mpg.de, Munich: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, retrieved 16 July 2018
  5. ^ "Uniko-Chef Oliver Vitouch stellt sich nicht mehr Wiederwahl", Wiener Zeitung (in German), 5 December 2017
  6. ^ "Zum zweiten Mal steht eine Frau an der Spitze der Rektoren", Wiener Zeitung (in German), 11 December 2017
This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.

Further reading[edit]

  • Walter Höflechner (1993). Die Österreichische Rektorenkonferenz 1911-1938, 1945-1969 (in German). Vienna. ISBN 3901113088.
  • "Austrian Universities and the Refugee Crisis", Inside Higher Ed, us, 28 February 2016 ("The Austrian University Conference (uniko), representing all 21 public universities started a program of support for refugees called MORE, launched in September 2015 with 16 participating universities.")

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