June 30th 2014

New structure for the Tyrolean University Conference

Strengthening cooperation between the Tyrol’s universities

At a recent rectors’ conference, the decision was taken by the University of Applied Sciences Tyrol (FHG), the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein, Kirchliche Pädagogische Hochschule Edith Stein (KPH-ES), Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), Innsbruck Medical University, Pädagogische Hochschule Tirol (PHT), UMIT University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, and the University of Innsbruck to work for closer cooperation with the worlds of politics, society and business.

Combining forces through a new structure

A committee was created to further intensify cooperation between the Tyrol’s eight universities and enable them to communicate their ideas and developments to the outside world more effectively. The committee is chaired by Tilmann Märk, Rector of Innsbruck University, with Christa Them of UMIT in Hall and Andreas Altmann, Rector of the MCI, as his deputies.

“Greater cooperation presupposes a formal structure and continuity. That has been provided though our new rules of procedure,” says Tilmann Märk as chairman of the committee.

Campus Tyrol is essential for the further development of the Tyrol as a location for science and research

In collaboration with policy-makers, business people and private individuals, the Tyrol’s universities are determined to create a cooperative environment and a Campus Tyrol as the key to the further development of the Tyrol as a location for science and research.

“The Tyrolean universities are of enormous importance for the Tyrol. It is up to us to strengthen the involvement of the world around us in our discussions so as to position the Tyrol as a location for science and research at the international level,” Andreas Altmann explains.

With a total of 33,000 students, 6,300 employees and 3,000 lecturers, and an annual budget totaling 400 million euros, the Tyrol’s universities are of very great importance for the Tyrol, and they are determined to take advantage of their position to create the optimum environment for excellent education and innovation.


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