The University of Vienna seized its 650th Anniversary to open its doors to the public and provide information about the University's responsibilities and achievements.
The Alma Mater Rudolphina Vindobonensis – with about 9,700 employees and more than 93,000 students – organised various events to emphasise the importance of research and teaching in the further development of our society and in the education of future generations.
"Our Anniversary is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience of our subjects, degree programmes and research projects", explains Rector Heinz W. Engl. "The history of the University of Vienna taught us that questions raised in basic research lead to the most essential and most surprising developments in various areas of life. Among the University of Vienna's academics are influential figures that encourage us to raise questions; and by answering these questions we are able to change the world – on a small or large scale. We have been raising questions since 1365 and we will continue to do so."
The 19 faculties and centres of the University of Vienna organised many activities to join in with the anniversary year celebrations and presented themselves to the public and prospective students during open days. The many different academic disciplines of the University of Vienna offered lectures, conferences and symposia, seminars, exhibitions, concerts and also performances to various target groups.
Heinz W. Engl, Rector of the University of Vienna, explains: "The focus was not on celebrating, instead we want to show the key role which the University of Vienna has played, plays and will continue to play in the future in our knowledge society; why it is important to have such a large, internationally-oriented university in Austria and, of course, also to finance it."