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Universitšt Linz
Linz, Austria


University description (as per official university website)

A young university with a difference

The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz is one of the newer universities in Austria. In 1966 she took on as a "College of Social and Economic Studies with a Social, Economic and Law Faculty of the operation in teaching and research with approximately 600 students. 1969, constituted the Faculty of Science and Technology and in 1975 the constitution of the subjects was followed as a separate Law Faculty of Law. At the same time, the renaming of the university in Johannes Kepler University took place to commemorate the world-famous mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler.

New for Austria was the concept of a "campus university" on the northeastern outskirts of Linz. The campus is home to approximately 16,000 students and more than 2,000 employees. Total currently 29 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs are offered at the JKU.

JKU - impetus for Science and Society
JKU presented from the beginning to a university is a new type, in a close interdisciplinary links economic, social, legal, scientific and technical subjects and a clear orientation was scheduled to current standards of economy and society. Today, the JKU is not only in basic research, but also in applied research, the largest research institution in the state.

Besides the "classical" university institutes have developed more and more so-called third-party institutions, but also centers of excellence, companies and other associated institutions, which show the importance of the JKU in Upper Austria's economy. Representing stand here as the "Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC)" and the "Software Competence Center Hagenberg," the Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW) and the Special Research Program "Numerical and Symbolic Scientific Computing". In the competence, to include not only the SCCH Hagenberg nor the ACCM (Austrian Competence Center in Mechatronics) and the Competence Center Wood, university departments are working together with companies in major industries as well as outstanding small and medium enterprises.

JKU - impetus for Science and Society
The strategy of the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) is divided into four primary areas: science and research, quality teaching feature, internationalization and social responsibility.

In the field of science and research faculties, the development of excellence and development priorities of the three promoted and strengthened measures to develop career advancement of young scientists. In future collaborations targeted stakeholders University and received with even stronger research links with the teaching of the. Basic research continues to be one of the central position. It is particularly important to a lot of freedom and optimal working conditions to give the researchers, this may lead to groundbreaking results often leads. It is equally important, the results of the research as the "market" way that it can benefit a wide public good and to the progress of our society but also to maintain the prosperity of the population, therefore contributing.

The teaching methods are the forms of education and stronger than before to the latest developments still adjusting. Through a rigorous quality assurance and evaluation of courses, our optimized. JKU studies are the creation and development-department, such as business law's heart. In addition, the expansion of cultural and humanities degree programs in cooperation with the University of Hagen and the other universities in Linz preparation. A central point takes the program from the JKU one too. In today's society does the concept of lifelong learning an important role. Continuing education in the sense of jobs and university courses ensure the service line location Upper Austria, mainly because of its well educated workforce and strong role played by the regions in Europe.

Just want the JKU train to the requirements of the industry, more technicians to respond and therefore offers since the winter of 08/09 the seminal study of the information electronics. From the winter semester 09/10 study of materials science with a focus on plastics as well as master degree in industrial engineering is offered.

A particular concern is the internationalization of the JKU. In addition to targeted partnerships with foreign universities is to guide students and scholars the opportunity of studying abroad be given. The introduction of the Bologna structure, students are increasingly mobile, therefore, be strengthened in future English courses offered. Similarly, cooperation with international companies are the focus of the internationalization efforts of the JKU. Pre-existing collaborations, including those with the Petrol Institute in Abu Dhabi are to be deepened and expanded.

JKU future is their social responsibility more exercise yet. An important task of a university is, pick up current issues and challenges related to social position to. JKU is now a major employer in the region with more than 2,000 workers and contributes a great responsibility. These jobs must be protected and expanded. Just the settlement of the K2 Centre ACCM (Austrian Competence Center of Mechatronics) can be more than 100 other high-quality jobs.

JKU is convinced that the shortage of technicians can be solved only if it is possible to inspire more women studied engineering and technology. For this reason, the JKU has long been involved in the project FIT - Women in Technology - by the proportion of female students to increase in technical studies. In such programs will also be given great attention in the future.

The expansion plans of the JKU are only beginning. On 11 May 2007 was the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Science Park, based on a total site area of 60,000 m2 with the BIG (Bundes Immobilien Gesellschaft) on the edge of the university campus is built. Currently the first phase arises with a net floor area of 14,000 m2. The completion of the so-called mechatronics building is scheduled for spring 2009. In parallel with the planned construction of Sections 2, 3 and 4 to start. When completed in 1000 additional jobs in the new Science Park will be available.

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