University of Klagenfurt

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University of Klagenfurt
motto Per Aspera Ad Astra
founding 1970/1975/1993
Sponsorship state
place Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
country AustriaAustria Austria
Rector Oliver Vitouch
Students 11,600 (as of: WS 2018/2019)
Employee 1500
including professors 80
Annual budget € 62 million (as of 2019, excluding third-party funding)
Networks AARC

The University of Klagenfurt (also Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt , AAU) is a state university in the Austrian state of Carinthia . It was founded in 1970 as a university for educational sciences and reorganized as the University of Klagenfurt in 1993. In THE World University Rankings 2020 it is one of the best 350 universities worldwide and ranks 5th in Austria; In THE Young University Rankings , it ranks 52nd among the world's young universities.

The university is divided into the faculties for cultural studies , economics , technical sciences and interdisciplinary research and training (IFF).

In the research fields "Networked and Autonomous Systems" and "Social Ecology" (until 2018, then transfer to BOKU ), the university defined two areas of excellence; the latter resulted in three ERC grants . The Karl Popper College was founded in 2015 as a science and doctoral college . Since 2019, the university has been developing the "Humans in the Digital Age" (HDA) initiative as an interdisciplinary area of ​​excellence, including an ERC grant in the field of cybersecurity .

In addition to the institutes of the respective faculties, there are facilities such as the Musil Institute (including co-organizer of the Bachmann Prize ), the university cultural center (UNIKUM), the build! Start-up Center , the University Sports Institute (USI) and the University Library of Klagenfurt . The University of Klagenfurt promotes bilingualism and multilingualism , especially in the context of the Slovenian minority in Carinthia (the Carinthian Slovenes ).

The rector of the university is Oliver Vitouch ; Larissa Krainer chairs the Senate and Werner Wutscher chairs the University Council .


Aerial photo of the University of Klagenfurt and the adjacent Lakeside Science & Technology Park (2019)
Main entrance of the University of Klagenfurt (2019)
Foyer of the University of Klagenfurt (2018)
South wing of the University of Klagenfurt (view from the west), with art installation by Lawrence Weiner
University of Klagenfurt: Inner courtyard between main building and institute building (2018)

With the collegium sapientiae et pietatis , founded in 1552 as a Protestant school for scholars, one of the oldest grammar schools in Austria (today the European high school ) and directed by Hieronymus Megiser from 1593 to 1601 , Klagenfurt had an early academic history, but no university history.

In 1964, the Carinthian University Association, which still exists today as a development association, was established . Instead of the original “Klagenfurt Business School” project, the “Klagenfurt University of Education” was planned in 1968. On January 21, 1970, the National Council passed the federal law on their establishment. In the following year, the so-called pre - stage building (architect: Roland Rainer ) was handed over to the university; The first doctorate took place in 1972 .

From 1973 to 1978 the scientific diploma , teacher training and doctoral studies were established ; including the subjects philosophy , pedagogy , history , German Studies , English Studies and American Studies , Romance Languages , Slavic studies , mathematics , geography and linguistics . Regular study operations began in 1973 and the main building was erected in 1974–1977. The University Organization Act of 1975 brought promotion to the University of Education ; The first graduation took place in 1977 .

From 1983 onwards, the fields of applied business administration and applied computer science were developed and expanded. In 1993 the name was changed to University of Klagenfurt ; at the same time a faculty for cultural studies and a faculty for economics and computer science were established.

The extension (south wing) was put into operation in 2000. Through the implementation of the University Act 2002, the inter-university IFF institute, founded in 1978/79, became the third faculty on January 1, 2004, the one for interdisciplinary research and advanced training (Klagenfurt, Vienna, Graz). On October 1st, 2004 the university, under the rectorate of Günther Hödl , chose the name Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt , whereby the nickname "Alpen-Adria-" represents an optional addition (cognomen) and not a formal renaming.

In 2006 the University of Klagenfurt had around 7,200 students with 65 professorships and about as many associate professorships. The most popular subjects were business administration (including economics and law), psychology and media and communication studies . Since 2007, the university has had a fourth technical faculty (focus on information and communication technology , networked & autonomous systems and applied computer science ), which started research operations in conjunction with the neighboring Lakeside Science & Technology Park . In 2012, the number of students exceeded the 10,000 mark; the proportion of international students is now around 20 percent.

Since 2015 the university has been holding commencement speeches based on the Anglo-Saxon model at its graduation ceremonies . Previous speakers have included Sabine Herlitschka , Josef Winkler , August-Wilhelm Scheer and Johanna Rachinger . The Federal President , formerly Heinz Fischer , now Alexander Van der Bellen , is a regular guest at sub auspiciis Praesidentis doctorates .


The campus extends over 11 hectares at the west end of Klagenfurt (for comparison: that of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration covers 9 hectares) and combines features of an urban European with those of a US campus university: to the east it is a 40-minute walk along the Lend Canal, which began in 1527 to the historical center of Klagenfurt , shaped by the Renaissance , to the west a 10 minute walk to the shores of Lake Wörthersee , a classic summer holiday destination. In addition to the corresponding water sports and leisure opportunities, which are promoted through courses offered by the University Sports Institute (USI), there are also hiking, climbing and skiing opportunities in the Austrian and Slovenian Alps .

Together with the adjacent Lakeside Science & Technology Park, a 25 hectare start-up and spin-off park, the university campus forms the so-called Lakeside District .

On the occasion of the university's 40th anniversary, a rowing race based on Oxbridge models, The Boat Race , was held in 2010. The eighth of the University of Klagenfurt was able to clearly win the competition against that of the University of Vienna on a sprint route through the eastern bay of Lake Wörthersee (from the Nautilus rowing club to Maria Loretto Castle ).

An environmental management system based on the European EMAS III ( Eco Management and Audit Scheme ) standard was implemented for the entire campus in 2016 . The University of Klagenfurt received the Sustainability Award from the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. The university is also a member of the Alliance of Sustainable Universities, founded in 2012, and in 2017 received the Federal Prize for Workplace Health Promotion in the "Large Company" category.

From 2016 to 2018, the central wing and the north wing plus outside areas were subjected to a refurbishment budgeted for € 26 million (building refurbishment area 13,000 m²), which emphasizes the campus character and shows the university in a new light. In 2019, the university was shortlisted for the Prix ​​Versailles - Campuses , which was awarded under the auspices of UNESCO , together with buildings from the University of Chicago in Hong Kong , Barnard College in New York City , Stanford University , the School of Planning and Architecture in Vijayawada and of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow , which emerged as the winner.

Course offer

Lecture hall A (south wing)
Lecture hall 1 (central wing)

The University of Klagenfurt currently offers the following bachelor, master, teaching and doctoral programs (see web link for the latest status):

Bachelor's and Master's degrees

Teaching position

PhD studies

The Karl Popper Kolleg was established as a science and doctoral college in 2015 . Similar to the Zukunftskolleg of the University of Konstanz , it aims to offer promising young scientists the best working conditions for their doctoral projects together with international fellows .

Faculties and Institutes

Faculty of Cultural Studies (KuWi)

The Faculty of Cultural Studies currently comprises eleven institutes from the humanities and social sciences as well as a faculty center. In addition to the subject-specific aspects, their endeavors are geared towards interdisciplinary cooperation, the promotion of multilingualism and intercultural education - especially in the multilateral Alps-Adriatic region.

Faculty of Economics (WiWi)

The core discipline of the faculty is business administration, interdisciplinary linked to law, sociology, economics and (economic) geography. Thanks to the newly established master’s degree in commercial law in the 2019/20 academic year, offered in cooperation with the University of Vienna, there is now the opportunity to acquire an academic training as a fully qualified lawyer with the associated professional opportunities (lawyer, judge, public prosecutor and notary).

Faculty for Interdisciplinary Research and Training (IFF)

The IFF serves to develop, test and evaluate new types of science in research, teaching and organization. The aim is to work on selected current social problem areas by designing suitable research and learning processes.

Faculty of Technical Sciences (TeWi)

The Faculty of Technical Sciences is dedicated to research and teaching in the fields of computer science , information and communication technology and technical mathematics . The faculty was founded in January 2007 (founding dean: Martin Hitz ) and emerged from the faculty for economics and computer science and a new department for information and communication technology. The faculty is headed by Dean Gerhard Friedrich and Vice Dean Clemens Heuberger. It is organized in nine institutes and offers four bachelor's degree programs, four master’s degree programs, two doctoral programs and two teacher training programs.

The research focus on self-organizing networked systems has been operated together with Lakeside Labs since 2008 . The faculty was also involved in the Erasmus Mundus doctoral college Interactive and Cognitive Environments (ICE).

University centers

The Digital Age Research Center , which will be under construction from 2019, is dedicated to interfaculty research on the digital revolution and the new wave of automation . In line with the new potential area Humans in the Digital Age (HDA) of the university, it deals with technological, economic, legal, social, behavioral and cultural aspects of digital change.

  • M / O / T - School of Management, Organizational Development and Technology

The M / O / T is dedicated to the in-service training and development of decision-makers with managerial responsibility in business and non-profit organizations.

  • School of Education (SoE)

The most important task of the School of Education is the scientific and professional orientation of the basic, advanced and advanced training of teachers and the associated research and development. It coordinates all areas of the university relevant to teacher training courses and teacher training, including the three nationwide competence centers ( Austrian Educational Competence Centers , AECC) for German didactics, mathematics didactics and teaching and school development (IUS).

  • University Culture Center (UNIKUM)


The University of Klagenfurt has " MIT subjects" ( mathematics , computer science , technology ), but no classical natural sciences (the "N" in MINT ) or life sciences in its range of subjects, which makes the starting point difficult for the major university rankings. Nevertheless, it is in the QS World University Rankings , which claim to list the 1,000 best universities in the world (out of a total of over 26,000), in 2021 in group 511-520, ahead of the University of Graz (581-590) and the university Salzburg (751-800).

The THE World University Rankings 2020 series the University of Klagenfurt in group 301-350. This means that it is listed in Times Higher Education , behind the University of Vienna (134th place) and the medical universities in Vienna , Graz and Innsbruck , as the second best Austrian university with a broader range of subjects. In the THE Young University Rankings 2020, the ranking of universities up to 50 years old, the University of Klagenfurt ranks 52nd worldwide. THE is based, among other things, on the field-weighted citation impact and thereby takes into account the various subject areas at universities. In 2019 the University of Klagenfurt was also included in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) , where it is in group 801–900.

In the CHE ranking (now no longer operated for countries outside Germany) , the University of Klagenfurt regularly achieved good to very good ratings, most recently with the English studies, business administration, educational science, German studies, history, information technology, psychology and business informatics studies. It has been listed in U-Multirank since 2017 .

In 2016 the university and the company Bitmovin were awarded the Austrian Phönix Start-up Prize in the "Spin-off University" category.


Honorary doctors


List of rectors at the University of Klagenfurt


The motto of the university Per aspera ad astra is in the formulation Ad astra per aspera also the motto of the federation in the famous television series Star Trek .

See also

List of universities in Austria

Web links

Commons : Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  10. Founding Act (see p. 655ff. Of the Federal Law Gazette )
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  18. M / O / T
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  27. Awarded in 1999, accepted in 2013: Maria Lassnig accepts an honorary doctorate

Coordinates: 46 ° 36 '59 "  N , 14 ° 15' 54"  E