Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (AAU) is a young, lively, innovative university located in the Austrian state of Carinthia, a meeting point of three cultures. AAU is Carinthia’s largest academic institution and a hub for the whole of the Alps-Adriatic region in terms of knowledge acquisition, exchange and transfer.
Since its foundation in 1970, AAU has become firmly established within the Austrian and international university landscape. AAU’s research achievements are recognised both nationally and internationally and the university’s projects provide important stimulus for business in Carinthia. One of AAU’s key strengths is the sheer diversity of knowledge, methodologies and disciplines that its researchers are able to draw upon when approaching their research questions. The result of this diversity is an exceptionally broad body of subject-specific, faculty-specific and multi-disciplinary research work.
AAU is located in the southernmost state of Austria, Carinthia. Its proximity to Italy and Slovenia gives this city, which is positioned between the cultures of the Alps and the Mediterranean, a rich multicultural atmosphere. Klagenfurt, the capital of Carinthia, is one of the most important hubs in the Alps-Adriatic region and a highly regarded university city. With a population of approximately 100,000, Klagenfurt is a city that enjoys an extremely high standard of living. When not at the university, you can spend countless hours exploring Carinthia’s culture-steeped landscape of lakes and mountains using the area’s plethora of hiking and cycling routes. The Adriatic Sea is just two hours from Klagenfurt by car, and when it comes to deciding how to spend your leisure time in summer or in winter, the sky really is the limit. Klagenfurt is located in a diverse region in the centre of Europe – the cities of Ljubljana, Graz, Udine, Salzburg, Trieste, Venice, Vienna and Munich are within a distance of 130 and 350 kilometres from the city by road.
Over 10,000 students study and research at AAU’s Klagenfurt campus: around 1500 of these students come from overseas. At AAU, around 1500 staff work together to achieve the very highest standard in teaching, research and university management. These staff work and conduct their research in four different faculties: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Management and Economics, the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies (IFF) and the Faculty of Technical Sciences. The School of Education, meanwhile, pools together expertise in teacher training and teaching methodology.
AAU is a “campus university of short distances” with a modern infrastructure and offers a rich cultural programme. Outside of the university’s teaching and research activities, a variety of events are organised that contribute to the university’s diverse campus life. The park-like campus enjoys excellent transport links to Klagenfurt city centre and is right next to the Lakeside Science & Technology Park and the eastern bay of Lake Wörthersee, which is a popular area for sports and leisure.
Profile-enhancing research initiatives and multi-disciplinary research partnerships in the following areas play a key role in enhancing Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt’s research profile: Energy Management & Energy Technology, Sustainability, Self-organizing Systems and Visual Culture.
“Networked and Autonomous Systems” and “Social Ecology” are two of AAU’s key research strengths and have been identified as areas of excellence.
Other research focuses, such as Educational Research and Entrepreneurship, also have the potential to enhance the university’s profile in future.