Restructuring and remodelling of the faculties
As of 1 January 2023, the University of Klagenfurt has the following faculties:
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As of 1 January 2023, the University of Klagenfurt has the following faculties:
The University of Klagenfurt celebrates its 50th anniversary in the year 2020. The year of festivities will commence with a ceremonial act on 21 January 2020.
After extensive preparations, the new “Digital Age Research Center (D!ARC)” is established at the University of Klagenfurt on 01.01.2019.
At the beginning of the academic year, the University of Klagenfurt was ceremoniously opened following the completion of extensive renovation work, revealing a modern space that is flooded with light. The newly renovated campus was shortlisted for the Prix Versailles – Campuses, which is under UNESCO patronage.
Comprehensive renovation works take place at AAU from 2016 to 2018. During these renovation works, the Main Building and North Wing are outfitted with the very latest technologies. The renovation works also bring many other benefits, such as more light, air, transparency and modern learning and teaching spaces.
Founded in 2015, the Karl Popper Kolleg is an institute for PhD students and advanced study that encourages sustainable collaborations between talented young researchers and international researchers at the very top of their field. The Karl Popper Kolleg makes an important contribution to the accessibility, internationalisation and reputation of the region.
AAU works together with a number of other universities from the Entwicklungsverbund Süd-Ost (EVSO or South-eastern Curriculum Development Network) to redesign secondary level teacher training. Since WS 2015/16 students taking teacher training programmes with the EVSO have been able to follow a common curriculum for the “General Training in Secondary-Level Education” programme.
The School of Education (SoE) is set up as a Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt university centre, with the aim of redesigning and centralising teacher training programmes at the university.
Another building is added to the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt campus: the Servicegebäude building. All programmes of study have now been transferred to the Bologna structure and are organised as Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral programmes.
The M/O/T, the “Alpen-Adria School of Management, Organisational Development and Technology”, is founded. The aim of the School is to centralise and develop additional MBA and Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) programmes for managers.
The Faculty of Technical Sciences is established in 2007. The Faculty of Management and Economics and Informatics, which had been in existence since 1994, splits into the Faculty of Management and Economics (with 16 professors) and the Faculty of Technical Sciences (with 19 professors).
Austria’s most modern University Sports Institute (USI) opens on campus. Each semester, members of the university can take part in up to 160 sports courses and camps.
The university is renamed Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. The interuniversity Faculty for Interdisciplinary Studies (FIS) also becomes a third faculty at this time. The process of developing technical subjects at the university is under way.
As a result of the Bologna Process, a new degree structure is implemented at the university. Bachelor’s degree programmes accept their first students.
A new Universities Act is enacted, the Universities Act 2002 (UG 02). Through this act, changes are made to additional areas of Austrian university law. The law replaces the University Organisation Act 1993 (UOG 1993), which had been in effect up to this date.
The university continues to grow and needs new space for its rapidly growing programmes in Applied Business Administration and Applied Informatics. A new annex building is therefore opened in 2000 (the South Wing). With the opening of this wing, the university gains three new lecture halls.
The name of the university is changed to the University of Klagenfurt. The Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Management and Economics are also set up.
In 1983, the university heads in a new direction. It expands its subject portfolio with two programmes, one in “Applied Business Administration” and the other in “Applied Informatics”.
The university starts a process of internationalisation and enters into partnership agreements with international universities. The university enters into 28 partnership agreements for research and teaching exchanges the same year.
The Interuniversity Research Institute for Distance-Learning is founded. In 1991 the Institute is renamed the Interuniversity Faculty for Interdisciplinary Studies (IFF). The IFF has facilities in Klagenfurt, Vienna and Graz.
After the introduction of regular degree programmes in 1973, the University for Educational Sciences holds its first graduation ceremony in 1977.
After four years of building works, the opening ceremony is held for the main building of the University for Educational Sciences. It is at this time that the university’s larger lecture halls, Lecture Hall 1 to 4, are first made available for use.
The first sitting of the Senate (then called the Universitätskollegium) takes place in 1976. With the introduction of the University Organisation Act in 1975, the Senate becomes the highest governing body in a university.
The new University Organisation Act comes into force in 1975. This prompts the College for Educational Sciences to be renamed the University for Educational Sciences.
Construction of the Main Building and North Wing commences in 1974. During the construction works, the size of the building and the College for Educational Studies grows considerably. The way is now clear for the college’s expansion.
In 1973 the college starts to offer regular degree programmes. The Klagenfurt college now offers diploma, teacher training and Doctoral programmes in Philosophy, Educational Studies, History, German Studies, English and American Studies, Romance Studies, Slavonic Studies, Mathematics, Geography and Linguistics.
Research and teaching activities are quickly established at the new College for Educational Sciences. Klagenfurt’s first doctorate is awarded in 1972.
After the Federal law passes, construction starts on the college’s first building. In 1971 the building known as the “Vorstufengebäude” is given over to the College for Educational Sciences.
The efforts of the Universitätsbund association and other supporters of the initiative pay off: the Federal law on establishing the College for Educational Sciences is passed. The path has now been cleared for the college.
The project is now focused on accelerating the establishment of a “College for Educational Sciences in Klagenfurt”.
The supporters of the Klagenfurt college initiate the “Klagenfurt Business School” project.
The Universitätsbund association is set up to support the establishment of a college in Klagenfurt. The Universitätsbund is a friend’s association of the university to this day and supports its projects and excursions.
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