Internationality is “intrinsic to universities”. The university can fulfil its legal obligations to development and education through science only through international exchange and dialogue and an internationally oriented education offer. For Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, internationalisation is a mission and process that encompasses all areas of the university’s tasks and requires efforts in a variety of fields. In the area of teaching, AAU’s internationalisation efforts are primarily aimed at increasing its attractiveness as a place to study for international students, providing the best possible support for international mobility and promoting the development of the campus into a place of lived plurality, diversity and inter- and transcultural dialogue.
The measures taken to promote internationality are aimed at fostering international exchange and dialogue, maintaining and expanding international strategic cooperation, an appropriate international orientation of the education offering of the respective specialisation discipline, and the further internationalisation of curricula, including the expansion of joint international study programmes.
In addition to the quantitative dimension (increasing the mobility of students, lecturers and administrative staff), the focus is also on the qualitative development of existing services, as well as the provision of offers for the acquisition and development of inter-/transcultural competences and foreign language skills on site, which can be especially beneficial for (still) underrepresented groups in mobility programmes.
Core fields of internationalisation in the area of teaching as well as defined goals and measures to achieve them are indicated in the Internationalisation Strategy (Education).