During this week 26 guests from 19 universities in 15 countries visited the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences as part of an International Staff Mobility Week to promote an exchange between the staffs of educational and research facilities.
At the event, the 15-year anniversary of the International Office of St. Pölten UAS was also celebrated.
Workshops, lectures, food cultures
Guests of the partner institutions and staff of the St. Pölten UAS during the International Staff Mobility Week discussed the issues of international exchanges and university work.
The program included among other things, workshops in support of exchange students, experiences with the European exchange program Erasmus+ and selected examples of global academic cooperation. In a World Café, delegates introduced their universities.
Michaela Moser from the St. Pölten UAS Department of Social Sciences spoke in her keynote address about the challenges of dealing with diversity in Europe and the students of the dietetics study programme presented their film "Tales of Taste". They created the short film in collaboration with the International Office and the Department Media and Digital Technologies at the St. Pölten UAS and therein addressed the topic of country-specific food cultures.
University-related topics by international comparison
Lectures and discussions were devoted to aspects of university work by international comparison to the topics of crisis communications, marketing and communication, alumni networks, campus media, research and innovation, knowledge transfer and scientific communication.
"Strengthening of international networking is a key focus of the St. Pölten UAS. The St. Pölten UAS promotes the international exchange of students and staff by means of numerous programmes," said Barbara Zimmer, director of the International Office of the St. Pölten UAS, which was set up for this purpose 15 years ago.
International at the St. Pölten UAS
Currently the St. Pölten UAS has 125 partner universities in Europe, America and Asia. In order to promote exchange with other universities, the departments of the University of Applied Sciences regularly organise so-called "International Weeks" for students and staff. Guest speakers from around the world in the framework of the Fulbright Program among others, impart their knowledge in the study programmes. The St. Pölten UAS is also Internationally networked through cooperation in its research projects.
"Numerous strategic measures contribute to the global positioning of the St. Pölten UAS as an attractive place for research and study. These include, along with the expansion of its worldwide network of partner universities: the promotion of student and staff mobility as well as the presentation of research results and teaching and university development at international conferences, " said Hannes Raffaseder, responsible authorised officer and member of the university management for research and knowledge transfer at the St. Pölten UAS.