Heading to Silicon Valley with a degree in Media and Communications

Silke English studied Media and Communications at the University of Klagenfurt. Shortly after graduating, she joined a start-up which later relocated to Silicon Valley, taking her along. Today, she still has a wide range of responsibilities there, and in this interview she tells us how she manages to juggle all of these projects, how much her university degree helped her to start her career and what she still associates with the university today.

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Game developer from Klagenfurt writes best software Master’s thesis

Fabian Schober studied Applied Informatics. Aged 29, he is the founder of a video game studio and the winner of the “Dynatrace Outstanding IT Thesis Award” (DO*IT*TA for short) for his Master’s thesis. His work won out over other submissions from students at the University of Klagenfurt and impressed the jury with its strong practical relevance.

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“Be bold with what you want to achieve”

Michael Riegler studied Information Management at the University of Klagenfurt and is now a Research Professor within Artificial Intelligence in Oslo, Norway. In the interview, he talks about how his experiences abroad have shaped him, why he would definitely advise today’s students to go abroad and how his Bachelor’s thesis provided the initial spark for a later career in research. Read more

Dynatrace announces award for the best Bachelor‘s and Master‘s thesis

Dynatrace is inviting students and graduates of the University of Klagenfurt to participate in the award for the best Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis in the IT field. The prizes will be awarded for the first time this year and will be announced annually from now on. Read more

“I used every summer for an internship.”


Corinna Kuttnigg originally comes from the “Wild West” of Styria and began her studies at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt in 2007 after her graduation from school. After completing her studies, she joined the radio station Antenne Kärnten and has been through a variety of career stages there. Currently, Corinna Kuttnig is responsible for the news from Carinthia. In an interview she looks back on her studies and reminisces about her life.  Read more

Barbara Pedretscher: “Use the university as your network of knowledge and exchange!”

Our graduate Barbara Pedretscher studied Technical Mathematics. She completed her compulsory internship at KAI Kompetenzzentrum Automobil- und Industrieelektronik GmbH and was subsequently invited to write her diploma thesis and doctoral dissertation there as well. Today she works in the field of R&D Reliability and Data Science. We chatted with her about the many possibilities afforded by a university education and about spending memorable years at university. Read more

When fellow students become friends and work colleagues

Our graduate Michael Tarmastin started working for Infineon Technologies Austria AG (Infineon Austria) as an industrial trainee while he was still studying for his Bachelor’s degree in Information Management. He was offered the opportunity to write his diploma thesis there and to take up a full-time position. As a Senior Operations Manager at Infineon in Villach he is now responsible for 120 employees and he talks to us about regarding the Welcome Days as the launch pad for an unforgettable time at university and the responsibility he now bears for his department. Read more

Margareta Ciglič: The wonderful world of Informatics.

Our graduate Margareta Ciglič discovered her passion for Computer Science while studying Applied Business Administration and decided to study both in parallel. We chatted with her about how all this came about, what her subsequent path at the university and at Kelag Energie has been like, and what is drawing her back to the lecture halls of the University of Klagenfurt in the upcoming summer semester. Read more

Melanie Schranz: A woman’s journey into the realm of technology and to her dream job

Our graduate Melanie Schranz couldn’t get enough of the exciting research topics at the Department of Networked and Embedded Systems. As one of the first eight students on the Information and Communications Engineering degree programme, she went straight on to pursue a doctorate after completing her diploma thesis. Together, we look back at an exciting past and talk about the latest research topics at Lakeside Labs.

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“ There is a desire to ‘improve’ something in the interest of others, without actually knowing what those interests are.”

In the Western world we are very quick to demand specific ethical criteria relating to working conditions. However, the Pakistani sociologist Farah Naz, who earned her doctorate at the University of Klagenfurt and now researches and teaches at the University of Sargodha, raises the following issue: Before judging child labour and home-based work, we should understand the living and working conditions of the families concerned. Together with sociology professor Dieter Bögenhold, she has published a book with the title “Unheard Voices”. The publication forges links between the work of Pakistani football stitchers and the great global inequalities. The two authors discuss the main ideas of their book in this interview.

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