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Comprehensive University

Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) is an integral part of the unique "Comprehensive University Innsbruck" concept in Austria and has attained a leading position in international higher education as a result of its on-going quality and customer orientation. MCI strives to mentor motivated people, who want to build their future through goal-oriented continuing education, in their personal and professional development.

MCI offers graduate, non-graduate and post-graduate educational programs of the highest standard to senior and junior managers from all management levels and branches. MCI's programs focus on all levels of the personality and include areas of state-of-the art knowledge from science and practice relevant to business and society. As an internationally oriented information and communication center, MCI is open to new perspectives, methods and projects. Constructive dialogue and co-operative development of interdisciplinary competences are two of the pillars of teaching and learning at MCI.

MCI supports the competitiveness of organizations and influences the professionalisation of business, administration, politics and culture. Applied research and development are particularly valued at MCI for the strengthening of innovation in local companies and the ensuring of quality-oriented instruction.

Embedded in a broad network of patrons, sponsors and partners, MCI is an important engine in the positioning of Innsbruck, Tyrol and Austria as a center for academic and international encounters. Our neighbourly co-operation with the University of Innsbruck, the closeness to the lively Innsbruck Old Town and the powerful architecture of the location are an expression of the philosophy and the mission of this internationally exemplary higher education center.

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Foundation and objective

The foundation of the MCI was proposed by the University of Innsbruck at the beginning of the 1990s in the context of the further development of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences and the construction of a new faculty building. It was part of a basic concept for an Open University comprising the following modules:
  • University and Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences: academic research and university study programs
  • Management Center Innsbruck: part-time academic study programs in the non-degree and postgraduate sectors
  • University or university-related facilities and services: business setup service, technology transfer, business consulting, market research facilities, personnel consulting and recruitment, copy shop, bookstore, etc.

In this initial phase the MCI’s offering comprised part-time continuous education programs for decision-makers (executive certificate courses, seminars, company training programs, symposiums) to complement the degree courses offered by the University of Innsbruck.

Following the introduction of the Austrian Fachhochschule Studies Act (FHStG) and the establishment of separate universities of applied sciences in Austria, the MCI strategy was modified in order to achieve recognition as a university of applied sciences and introduce appropriate study programs, albeit restricted to part-time courses. With the subsequent creation of a diploma program in Business & Management in 1996, the MCI developed into a full-service provider of part-time courses for decision-makers, with an offering ranging from one-day seminars to four-year diploma programs, while full-time programs remained the preserve of Innsbruck University.

In 2000 the decision was taken within the organizations represented on the governing body to make the MCI responsible for all university of applied science programs in the Tyrol (except those in Kufstein) with the result that the part-time diploma program in Environment & Process Engineering established in 1988 and the Tourism & Leisure Management diploma program then undergoing accreditation were transferred to the MCI. The latter was also originally developed as a primarily part-time program, but an application was lodged to modify the mode of study, and in the course of the Tyrolean IT offensive launched in 2002 the governing body of the MCI finally decided that full-time study programs should be offered, too (starting with diploma programs in Management & IT and Management & Law).

In consultation with the University of Innsbruck and the organizations represented on the MCI’s governing body, the MCI subsequently developed and introduced the range of full- and part-time study programs based on Austrian law for universities and universities of applied sciences that are available at the MCI today.