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Alps-Adriatic University of Klagenfurt

Klagenfurt University, founded 1970 as an institute for the study of education, draws its sense of identity from its geographical location at the heart of the Alps-Adriatic region in the south of Austria. Among the University’s top priorities is the continuing expansion and development of its existing collaboration and networks with higher education and research centres in Slovenia and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The short geographical distances between the universities make for easier contacts in the shared research and economic zone of the Alps-Adriatic region.

In joint projects, symposia as well as through interdisciplinary research projects on cultural and economics, students and lecturers engage with the spoken languages and lived cultures in this region.

Approximately 7,800 students attend the University of whom 11% come from abroad. Its commitment to internationalism and interculturalism is realized through various partnerships with foreign universities. Organisationally, the University is divided into four faculties: Cultural studies, Economics, Interdisciplinary Research and Advanced Training, and Technical Sciences.

Institute for educational sciences and education research

The Institute for Educational Sciences and Education Research, created as a union of the three formerly independent Institutes of Advanced Training, Instructional Sciences and Social Pedagogy, is now housed in the Faculty of Cultural Studies. It has five divisions: Historical and Systematic Pedagogy, Social Pedagogy and Integration Pedagogy, Intercultural Education, School Pedagogy, and Adult and Vocational Training.

The Institute’s mission is to promote the training and education of persons as a means to furthering human well-being. Its teaching and research activities situate themselves in the tradition of critical-constructivism in social science, a research orientation which strives to shape the collective lives of both sexes, of human beings from different generations and of diverse social, ethnical and cultural origins in ways that are more enlightened, free from violence and humane.

The Institute is currently responsible for the diploma study course “Pedagogy” which enrols  more than 900 students. In the Winter Semester 2007/08, this course will be replaced by the Bachelor study course “Educational Sciences”. The Institute is also responsible for the teacher training programme.

In the educational sciences in Austria, the Institute has a special place. More than 20 years ago, it established itself as a forerunner in the intercultural movement in education by setting up the Department of Intercultural Education which provided an institutional anchor for the study of this subject.

With their involvement in various supra-regional projects and symposia, several of the Institute’s departments are networked with subject-related national and international institutions.

Members of the TEMPUS IV working group (project timeframe 2010-2013):

Prof.dr. Vladimir Wakounig
Prof.dr. Kornelia Tischler