Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

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University of Klagenfurt
University of Klagenfurt, seal, 2014.png
Motto Per Aspera Ad Astra (Latin)
Motto in English
Through hardships to the stars
Type Flagship
Established 1970 / 1975 / 1993
Budget 55 million (annual federal funding)
President Oliver Vitouch
Academic staff
Students 10,600[1]
Location Klagenfurt, Austria
Campus Suburban, 27 acres (11 ha)
Colors Shades of Blue         
Data as of 2013

The Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (AAU), or University of Klagenfurt, is a federal Austrian university and the largest research and higher education institution in the Austrian province Carinthia. It has its main campus in Klagenfurt, with additional facilities in Austria's two largest cities Vienna and Graz.

Efforts to found the university began in 1964 and succeeded in 1970, during the term of Governor Sima. Today, the university holds faculties of Humanities & Social Sciences, Management & Economics, Technology, and Interdisciplinary Studies.

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IFF) also runs departments in Vienna and Graz; the former Dean of IFF, Verena Winiwarter, was elected Austrian "Scientist of the Year" 2013. In addition to the departments and units of the four faculties, the university also hosts a number of central facilities such as the Robert Musil Institute (co-organizer of the Bachmann Prize), the University Cultural Centre (UNIKUM), the build! Gründerzentrum (a start-up facilitation centre), the University Sports Centre (USI), and the Klagenfurt University Library.

The incumbent President of the University is Oliver Vitouch, a cognitive psychologist and former faculty member of the University of Vienna and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Larissa Krainer chairs the Academic Senate, Robert Rebhahn the Board of Trustees.

Klagenfurt is the southernmost university in the German-speaking countries (followed by the University of Bern, Switzerland), 30 km from the Slovenian and 60 km from the Italian border, and supports bi- and multilingualism, especially in the context of the Slovenian minority in Carinthia.


University of Klagenfurt and the adjacent Lakeside Science & Technology Park
South Wing (seen from the West)
Main entrance (and view of the North Wing across the forecourt)
Courtyard between the Central Wing and the North Wing
40th anniversary celebrations, 2010, auditorium maximum
Auditorium maximum
Auditorium maximum
Lecture Hall B

In 1970 the Austrian parliament passed a federal law allowing the establishment of an Educational Science College in Klagenfurt. The first doctoral degree was conferred in 1972. During the period from 1973 to 1978, the diploma, teaching certificate, and doctoral degree programmes were established. Regular degree programmes commenced in 1973. In 1975, new laws on the organisation of higher education came into force, and the name of the college was changed into Universität für Bildungswissenschaften (University for Educational Sciences).

The fields of study "Applied Business Administration" and "Applied Informatics" were established and expanded from 1983 onwards. In 1993, the university’s name was changed to Universität Klagenfurt, and at the same time, a Faculty of Humanities and a Faculty of Economics, Business Administration, and Informatics were inaugurated.

The Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies (IFF) was inaugurated as third faculty on January 1, 2004. It succeeded the inter-university institute for interdisciplinary research and continuing education at the universities of Klagenfurt, Vienna, Graz, and Innsbruck.

The university adopted the official cognomen Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt in 2004 (with its legal name still being Universität Klagenfurt). It was extended with a fourth, Technical Sciences faculty in 2007 (with a focus on Informatics, Information Technology, and Networked & Autonomous Systems), engaging in research operations in collaboration with the Lakeside Science & Technology Park. In 2012, the number of students passed the 10,000 mark.


With its suburban setting, the university campus is in walking distance of both the renaissance-dominated historic city center of Klagenfurt (capital of the state of Carinthia) and the east bay of the Wörthersee, a renowned Austrian summer resort. Also hiking, climbing and skiing possibilities in the Austrian Alps are nearby. Together with the adjacent Lakeside Science & Technology Park,[3] a 60 acres start-up and spin-off park, the university campus forms the so-called Lakeside District.

Faculties, Departments and University Centres[edit]

Faculty of Humanities[edit]

The Faculty of Humanities currently encompasses twelve departments and a faculty centre. Their common ambition, beyond doing discipline-specific research, is to foster multilingualism and intercultural education, with particular emphasis on the Alps-Adriatic region.

Faculty of Management and Economics[edit]

The Faculty of Management and Economics 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.[4]

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 Gerhard Friedrich (informatics) and Vice-Dean Clemens Heuberger (mathematics). It is organized into nine departments and offers four bachelor's degree programs, four master's degree programs, two teacher training degree programs and two doctoral programs.

The special research area "self-organizing networked systems" closely collaborates with the independent research institute Lakeside Labs.[5]

Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies[edit]

The Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies 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.

University Centres[edit]

  • Centre for Women's and Gender Studies
  • Karl Popper Kolleg (Institute for Advanced Study)
  • M/O/T – School of Management, Organizational Development and Technology
  • School of Education (SoE)
  • UNIKUM (University Cultural Centre)

Honorary doctors[edit]


External links[edit]

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