St. Pölten UAS and ORF Conclude Cooperation

Gernot Kohl, Mayor Matthias Stadler, Hannes Raffaseder, county governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner, ORF director general Alexander Wrabetz and ORF Lower Austria director Norbert Gollinger (from left to right).

The objective is to develop innovative media projects and promote students

The cooperation agreement was signed on 24 October in the presence of State Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Director General of the ORF Alexander Wrabetz, Mayor of St. Pölten Matthias Stadler, FH-Prof. Hannes Raffaseder and State Director of the ORF Norbert Gollinger.

First Shared Projects

A collaboration on the technical and editorial implementation of an “Oral History” project which will portray contemporary witnesses of the Second World War is already in the planning stage.

To realise this project, the ORF’s culture and information channel ORF III will be offering internships as well as editorial support and take the role of project lead for six students from the summer semester 2020. The St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences will incorporate the project into the curriculum.

Cornerstones of the Cooperation

The St. Pölten UAS and the ORF will jointly develop innovative media projects that will then be put into practice by collaborating in the fields of technology, production, management and digital communication. You can find the corresponding contribution in the ORF-TVthek here.

This includes the implementation of joint projects, the development of topics for bachelor and master theses, the provision of internships for students, the collaborative development of innovative media formats and content production as well as joint publications, etc.

Moving Forward

State Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner:

“The St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences has achieved a great deal in the areas of research and education over the course of its 20-year existence. The cooperation agreement with the ORF once again takes the education at the St. Pölten UAS to a higher level.  

I am convinced that this cooperation will lead to new developments and innovations in the area of media. The cooperation agreement is a huge success for everyone involved, in particular for the students who gain the unique opportunity to apply their acquired knowledge in the practical field.”

ORF Director General Alexander Wrabetz:

“For the ORF as an innovative media company, collaboration with research and science is of key importance in order to promote the digital distribution of its content on new platforms, thus securing and further developing its market and quality leadership in radio, television and online media.

I look forward to exciting collaborations such as the already initiated ‘Oral History’ project with the channel ORF III which will portray contemporary witnesses of the Second World War. A big thank you to all of those who contributed to the successful completion of this cooperation!”

Milestone for Further Development

Mayor Matthias Stadler:

“The close collaboration with the business community and the intensive exchange with society have always distinguished the St. Pölten UAS and remain the cornerstones of the educational institution’s success story”, emphasises mayor Matthias Stadler.

“Especially in the media sector, the St. Pölten UAS is one of the leading universities in Austria and the entire German-speaking region. Due to the cooperation with the ORF, this success story will be continued, practical training ensured and opportunities for the implementation of innovative projects created.”

FH-Prof. Hannes Raffaseder:

“The cooperation agreement significantly broadens and enhances our collaboration with the ORF, Austria's largest media company. This is yet another milestone for the further development of our range of media offers from which we expect important advancements in teaching, research and innovation in the field of digital media”, stresses Hannes Raffaseder, Chief Research and Innovation Officer of the St. Pölten UAS.

The scientific expertise of the St. Pölten UAS is closely intertwined with the two research institutes Creative\Media/Technologies and the Institute of Media Economics. “We cover a wide range of topics from media markets and digital communication concepts, through format development and content production, to the use of Artificial Intelligence, virtual reality, data analysis and other digital technologies”, says Raffaseder.

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