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.
Digital Age Research Center (D!ARC)
After extensive preparations, the new “Digital Age Research Center (D!ARC)” is established at the University of Klagenfurt on 01.01.2019.
Renovation work completed
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.
Renovation of the Main Building and North Wing
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.
Foundation of the Karl Popper Kolleg
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.
New training for teachers
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.
School of Education
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.
Foundation of the M/O/T
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.
Faculty of Technical Sciences
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).
Opening of the USI
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.
Universities Act 2002
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.
University of Klagenfurt
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.
Business Administration & Informatics
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.
Foundation of the IFF
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.
First graduation ceremony
After the introduction of regular degree programmes in 1973, the University for Educational Sciences holds its first graduation ceremony in 1977.
Opening of the Main Building
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.
From college to 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.
The Main Building and the North Wing
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.
Regular degree programmes
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.
The Vorstufengebäude building
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.
Federal law on establishing a college in Klagenfurt
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.
A new focus on education
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 university association
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.