Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research

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AustriaAustria  Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research
Austrian Authority
Logo BMBWF.svg
State level Federation
Position of the authority Federal Ministry
founding March 23, 1848
Headquarters Vienna 1 , Minoritenplatz 5
Authority management Heinz Faßmann , Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research
Budget volume EUR 14.29 billion (2020)
Website www.bmbwf.gv.at
Heinz Faßmann , Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research
The official seat is the Starhemberg Palace on Minoritenplatz

The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research ( BMBWF for short ), also the Ministry of Education or Teaching , is the Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria responsible for schools and universities .


The Ministry of Education is one of the oldest ministries in Austria. It was founded in the Empire in 1848 (Revolution) as the Imperial and Royal Ministry of Public Education and from 1849 was run in the Palais Rottal in Vienna as the Imperial and Royal Ministry of Cultus and Education . From 1867 (compensation) on, the Ministry was only responsible for Cisleithanien ; Transleithanien now regulated the matter independently. 1919–1923, at the beginning of the First Republic , the Ministry was linked to the Ministry of the Interior in a joint department, then the Ministry of Education became independent again and remained so in the Second Republic from 1945 onwards. On July 24, 1970, the science agendas in the Kreisky I federal government were spun off into the newly founded Ministry of Science . Only from 2000 to January 2007 there was again a total Ministry of Education together with cultural affairs in the federal governments Schüssel I and Schüssel II . On March 1, 2014, the Ministry of Education emerged from the Federal Ministry for Education, Art and Culture, and the women's agendas were taken over from the area of ​​responsibility of the Federal Chancellery at that time . Until June 30, 2016, the name was Federal Ministry of Education and Women; on July 1, 2016, the agendas for women and equality were transferred to the Ministry of Health, now called the Federal Ministry of Health and Women (BMGF). In January 2018, an overall Ministry of Education was created again

Period Ministry of Education Ministry of Science
1848 Ministry of Public Education  
1849 Ministry of Cult and Education
1861-1867 suspended
1867-1918 Ministry of Culture and Education
1918-1920 State Office for Home Affairs and Education
1919-1923 Federal Ministry of the Interior and Education
Federal Ministry for Internal Policy Education incorporated into
the Federal Chancellery
1971-1984 Federal Ministry for Education and Art emphasizes art affairs in contrast to the new Ministry of
Federal Ministry of Science and Research re-established
by Kreisky
1985-1991 Federal Ministry for Education, Art and Sport emphasized
sports department by Sinowatz
1991-1994 Federal Ministry for Education and the Arts
Sports department incorporated into the new Federal Ministry for Health, Sport and Consumer Protection
1994-1996 Federal Ministry for Education and Cultural Affairs (BMUK) Federal Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts
Art Affairs from the Ministry of Education
1996-1997 Federal Ministry for Science, Transport and Art
Transport Policy from the disbanded Federal Ministry for Public Economy and Transport
1997-2000 Federal Ministry of Science and Transport
The art agendas were handed over to the Federal Chancellery in 1997 .
2000-2007 BM BWK Federal Ministry for Education Science and Culture small.svg
Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture (bm: bwk) In the Schüssel I government , the science agendas were incorporated into the previous Federal Ministry for Education and Cultural Affairs ; the transport agendas were assigned to the newly created Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology .
Federal Ministry for Education, Art and Culture logo small.svg
Federal Ministry for Education, Art and Culture (bm: ukk)
    Federal Minister for Women, Media and Regional Policy at the Federal Chancellery
Federal Ministry of Science and Research logo small.svg
Federal Ministry for Science and Research
Federal Minister for Art and Culture, Constitution and Public Service at the Federal Chancellery     Federal Ministry for Education and Women (BMBF)
Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW)
Federal Ministry of Education (BMB)     Federal Ministry for Health and Women
2018– Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research


The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research is responsible for:

  • Coordination in the field of elementary education
  • School system including school maintenance
  • School establishment and school leaving with the exception of school maintenance, school construction and school leaving of the federal schools in agriculture and forestry
  • Education in dormitory affairs
  • Education and training as well as service examination for teachers
  • Participation of the federal government in matters of service law and the preparation of the position plans for state teachers, insofar as it does not fall within the sphere of activity of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism;
  • Kindergarten and after-school care.
  • Affairs of the teacher training colleges.
  • Matters of the sciences, especially scientific research and teaching
    • University matters, including business management matters and matters relating to the federal government's participation in the establishment, organization and operation of university hospitals.
    • Matters of the universities of applied sciences (university of applied sciences courses).
    • Matters of other scientific institutions and research institutions including the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
    • Matters of scientific pre-vocational training, vocational training and professional development.
    • Academic library, documentation and information matters.
    • Affairs of student advocacy and student grants and grants.
    • Student canteen affairs and the promotion of the construction of student dormitories.
    • Affairs of scientific collections and institutions.
    • Matters of scientific research and international mobility programs, the European Research Area and the European framework programs.
  • Life sciences and the promotion of alternative methods to animal experiments.
  • Matters relating to educational and scientific foundations and funds. This includes in particular the matters relating to the Fund for the Promotion of Scientific Research.
  • Matters of popular education.


The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research is structured as follows:

  • Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research
    • Cabinet of the Federal Minister
    • Internal revision
    • Ombudsman for students
    • Ombudsman for schools
    • Data protection officer
    • Department spokeswoman
    • Chief Digital Officer (CDO)
    • Communication, public relations and protocol group
      • Department Kom 1: Communication, Citizen Service
      • Department Kom 2: Public Relations / Science Communication
      • Department Com 3: Protocol Affairs and State Awards
    • Presidential Section: Presidential Agenda; Digitalization; Equality and Diversity Management
      • Department Pres / 1: Equality and Diversity Management
      • Group Pres / A: budget and infrastructure
        • Department Pres / 2: Budget Matters Education - UG 30; Overall coordination of all budget-relevant measures
        • Department Pres / 3: Budget Science and Research - UG 31
        • Department Pres / 4: Facility Management - Central Office UG 30
          • Public administration office
        • Department Pres / 5: Central Services UG 31
      • Group Pres / B: Personnel and Law
        • Department Pres / 6: Personnel Matters - Central Office (UG 30)
        • Department Pres / 7: Personnel Matters UG 31; General university personnel law and award matters
        • Department Pres / 8: Personnel and organizational development for the department
        • Department Pres / 9: Foreign Legistics, Liaison Services
        • Department Pres / 10: Civil and Public Procurement Law, Social Student Affairs
      • Group Pres / C: IT, digitization and media
        • Department Pres / 11: IT administration applications, digital school administration, IT data collection
        • Department Pres / 12: IT infrastructure, IT services, educational technologies UG 30
        • Department Pres / 13: Information and Communication Technology UG 31
        • Department Pres / 14: Educational Media
        • Department Pres / 15: IT Didactics
    • Section I: General Education and Vocational Training
      • Ombudsman for questions of values ​​and cultural conflicts
      • Department I / 1: Principles department and general skills, school partnership, all-day school types
      • Department I / 2: School psychology, health promotion and psychosocial support, educational advice
      • Department I / 3: Language Education, Diversity and Minority Education
      • Group I / A: elementary education, general education schools, art and sport
        • Department I / 4: Elementary Education, Social Education and Pre-School Integration
        • Department I / 5: General compulsory schools and basic skills
        • Department I / 6: General secondary schools
        • Department I / 7: School and University Sports
        • Department I / 8: Art and culture mediation for schools
        • Department I / 9: Award matters, school medical service, independent schools
      • Group I / B: Vocational schools and adult education
        • Department I / 10: vocational schools and polytechnic schools
        • Department I / 11: Technical, commercial and arts and crafts schools
        • Department I / 12: Commercial schools
        • Department I / 13: Human Vocational Schools; agricultural and forestry high schools
        • Department I / 14: Adult Education
    • Section II: Personnel development, universities of teacher education, school maintenance and law
      • Group II / A: Personnel controlling, legislation and school law
        • Department II / 1: Personnel planning and budget matters for federal staff
        • Department II / 2: Personnel planning and budget matters for state teachers
        • Department II / 3: School Law Legistics
        • Department II / 4: School law enforcement
        • Department II / 5: Legal Services and Salary Law
      • Group II / B: Personnel development of educators
        • Department II / 6: Personnel development of pedagogues and management of the pedagogical universities
        • Department II / 7: Teacher Training
        • Department II / 8: Personnel matters at the universities of teacher education
        • Department II / 9: Teacher training, advanced training and further training for vocational schools
      • Group II / C: staff enforcement and school maintenance
        • Department II / 10: Personnel matters of the administrative staff of the subordinate departments and authorities
        • Department II / 11: Personnel matters of the AHS and the educational institutions
        • Department II / 12: Personnel matters of the BMHS, the school inspectorate and the central teaching institutions
        • Department II / 13: Austrian Schools Abroad
        • Department II / 14: School maintenance for Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Tyrol and universities of teacher education
        • Department II / 15: School maintenance for Burgenland, Styria, Vorarlberg, Vienna and universities of teacher education
        • Department II / 16: Material expenses for federal schools and funding accounts
    • Section III: Educational Development and Monitoring
      • Department III / 1: EU coordination and multilateral affairs
      • Department III / 2: EU Legal Affairs
      • Department III / 3: Educational Development and Controlling
      • Department III / 4: Education Statistics and Monitoring
      • Department III / 5: Quality development and assurance
      • Department III / 6: Standardized, competence-oriented matriculation examination / matriculation and diploma examination
    • Section IV: Universities and technical colleges
      • Department IV / 1: University planning and space
      • Group IV / A: Institutional University and College Governance
        • Department IV / 2: Medical universities and BIDOK data of the universities
        • Department IV / 3: Technical Universities: Vienna and Graz; Montan University Leoben; Reporting; Radiation protection
        • Department IV / 4: Universities: BOKU, VETMED, WU, Klagenfurt, Linz; Development plans, intellectual capital statements and national implementation of the Bologna Process
        • Department IV / 5: Universities: Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck and Salzburg; Coordination issues in the field of teaching / studies
        • Department IV / 6: Universities of the Arts; Libraries, Information and Documentation - Universities; Open science; Copyright; New media and e-learning; Students with disabilities; Research matters of Section IV
        • Department IV / 7: University of Applied Sciences, private universities, quality assurance, accreditation, Danube University Krems
        • Department IV / 8: Financing and controlling matters at universities
      • Group IV / B: University law, structural university and college governance, student services
        • Department IV / 9: Legal Issues and Legal Development
        • Department IV / 10: University Statistics, Evidence for University Management
        • Department IV / 11: European Higher Education Area, EU Education Programs, Bologna Process and Mobility
        • Department IV / 12: Funding and advice for students
        • Department IV / 13: Recognition issues and international university law
        • Department IV / 14: Evidence-based university development (evaluations, expert reports, empirical surveys)
    • Section V: Scientific Research; international affairs
      • Department V / 1: Research, Technology, Innovation: Strategy, Reporting, Knowledge Transfer from Universities and Public Research Institutions
      • Department V / 2: Legal and Budget Matters, Controlling - Section V
      • Department V / 3: Basic research (MINT) and research infrastructures
      • Department V / 4: Research policy of universities, technical colleges and private universities; Federal Geological Institute, Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, Earth System Research; Citizen Science
      • Department V / 5: EU and OECD research policy
      • Department V / 6: International Research Cooperation and Science Diplomacy
      • Department V / 7: Internationalization of universities and technical colleges as well as promotion of young academics
      • Department V / 8: Bilateral International Affairs Education; Holocaust Education - international
      • Department V / 9: Research funding matters
      • Department V / 10: Humanities, Social and Cultural Studies (GSK)

Business areas

The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research has the following subordinate departments in particular:

  • Federal Geological Institute
  • Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics
  • 9 education directorates (these are subordinate to the federal schools with the exception of the central teaching institutions)
  • Federal Institute for Adult Education (bifeb)
  • Federal home and seminar center Raach
  • National school camp in Mariazell
  • Federal school camp in Radstadt
  • Bundesschullandheim Saalbach
  • Headquarters for sports equipment rental and sports field maintenance University Sports Center Schmelz (USZ)
  • Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Austrian Science Council
  • Universities of Education in Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Vienna
  • Psychological student counseling in Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, Salzburg and Vienna
  • Student grant authority with the scholarship offices in Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, Salzburg and Vienna
  • Unisport Austria
  • Central teaching institutions:
    • Higher federal teaching and research institute for the chemical industry
    • Higher federal training and research institute for the textile industry
    • Higher Federal Graphical Training and Research Institute
    • Higher technical federal teaching and research institute, technological trade museum

The Federal Ministry is the supervisory authority in particular for the following legal entities:

Federal Minister

Web links

Commons : Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Elmar Schübl, Harald Heppner : Universities in times of upheaval: case studies on central and eastern Europe in the 20th century. Volume 5 of Transcultural Research at Austrian Libraries Abroad , LIT Verlag, Münster 2011, ISBN 978-3-643-50352-7 , p. 16 ( limited preview in Google book search)
  2. Federal Finance Act 2020. (PDF) Federal Ministry of Finance , accessed on June 21, 2020 (page 550).
  3. a b c d Turning Points and Continuities. Caesuras in the democratic development in Austrian history . In: Forum Politische Bildung (Hrsg.): Special volume of information on political education . 1998, 1848: Establishment of the Ministry of Education, p. 22–41 ( politischebildung.com [PDF]). Spelling Ministry for Culture and Education more common from around the turn of the century
  4. Federal Law Gazette No. 439/1984 : Amendment of the Federal Ministries Act 1973 and the ÖIG Act as well as the enactment of related provisions on the scope of individual federal ministries , which came into force on January 1, 1985
  5. ^ Federal Ministries Act 1986. Accessed on January 29, 2020 .
  6. Business and personnel allocation. Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, August 1, 2019, accessed on February 9, 2020 .