Rainbow of nations at IT Summer Workshop in Hagenberg
More than 70 academics from 17 nations visited Hagenberg in mid-June to take part in the second Summer Workshop on IT Education and Research at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.
This year’s three-day event showcased online learning, focusing in particular on so-called "Massive Open Online Courses" (MOOCs). Four high-profile speakers from Great Britain, the USA, Cameroon and Germany delivered keynote presentations in a series of lectures and workshops. The event, which ran from June 11-13, also saw registrants treated to a campus tour and enjoy dinner with key University staff and Upper Austrian politicians in the beautiful "Landhaus", seat of Upper Austria's regional government in the capital, Linz. There was also time for a chill-out day trip to Austria's renowned Lake District, the Salzkammergut.
The eclectic programme drew visitors from nations around the world, including Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Malta, Moldavia, Norway, Spain and, of course, Austria.Workshop organisers Clemens Holzmann (Vice Dean for Education at Hagenberg Campus) and Christina Huber-Beran (Head of Hagenberg's International Office) were elated by the sheer number of guests. "We are happy to have attracted such a great number of guests from around the world,” says Huber-Beran. “Many of them have travelled far to join us, two from as far afield as 7,000 kilometres,” adds Holzmann.
Overwhelmingly positive feedback has encouraged the University to again host the biennial IT Summer Workshop in 2017. With this event, the University aims to further dialogue and knowledge exchange between IT universities on an international level, in particular with Hagenberg's partner universities.
Hagenberg Campus, which is home to the University's School of Informatics, Communications and Media, offers three English-taught Master's degrees: Mobile Computing, Interactive Media and, starting this autumn, Energy Informatics.
Its partner universities currently number 78 institutions in 31 countries worldwide.
Further information: http://www.fh-ooe.at/international-summer-workshop-2015/