OeAD Summer University 2018

Every year, motivated students from around the world have the opportunity to collect valuable experiences in addition to credit points for their degrees during their summer holidays at the OeAD summer programmes. UAS Technikum Wien has been providing scholarships to encourage international exchange and participation in extracurricular activities for our partner institutions during these weeks and also participated in this year’s programme. This year, students of the China Three Gorges University, China, and of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation, attended the two programmes offered by the OeAD housing office.   

The summer school Green Building Solutions, aiming to provide valuable insights and discussions for 25 (future) engineers, architects and economists, took place from July 21 to August 12 and gave the opportunity to work in small groups but also to visit some of Vienna’s best-practice architectural sites including one of UAS Technikum Wien’s own locations - the ENERGYBase. Lecturers included well-known researchers from various Austrian higher education institutions and working professionals from expert companies who provided excellent inputs for the participants.

40 students from more than 20 countries among which Germany, Italy, Canada and China, presented their innovative building concepts to an expert jury during the closing ceremony in the domed hall (Kuppelsaal) of TU Wien. The jury was represented by architects Karin Stieldorf and Georg Reinberg and Technikum Wien colleague Peter Franz as well as Li Yunjiang from China Three Gorges University.   

During the academic course Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems, both students and professionals from various backgrounds had the possibility to talk about the global financial situation from an academic point of view and gain inter-disciplinary insights from international lecturers.

In accordance with their values and the topics taught, both courses put a focus on meeting criteria of the Austrian Ecolabel for Green Meetings and thus strongly encouraged participants to arrive in the city by train or bus if possible and to use Vienna‘s public transport system or bicycles during their stay.

Once again, the two programmes met the participants’ expectations by not only providing common ground and a platform for many international participants but also by preparing the students for the next academic year.