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Testimonial: Julia Goldgruber (University of Graz)

Uni Graz/Tzivanopoulos

Julia Gold­gru­ber is a Gra­dua­te stu­dent in the field of fur­t­her edu­ca­ti­on.

Why are you studying pedagogy? 

This field of stu­dy matches a gre­at part of my inte­rests and also matches my future occupa­tio­nal ori­en­ta­ti­on. It depicts nume­rous facets and inclu­des dif­fe­rent fiel­ds —  from ide­as of infant-pedago­gy to the app­li­ca­ti­on-ori­en­ted field of adult edu­ca­ti­on. In addi­ti­on, it focu­ses on a prac­tical inter­me­dia­ti­on and offers a broad spec­trum of spe­cia­li­za­ti­ons.

How did you learn about this field of study? 

To tell the truth, my sis­ter-in-law made me stu­dy pedago­gy. She saw my per­so­nal strengths in the soci­al field as well as in my open, com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ve man­ner and she could not ima­gi­ne a bet­ter stu­dy cour­se for me.

What do you especially like about your studies? 

Here they give you time and free­dom to think and reflect. It is not sim­ply about deli­vering know­ledge but you can cri­ti­cal­ly scru­ti­ni­ze toge­ther with others and deve­lop your know­ledge through per­so­nal com­pe­ten­ces. Pre­sen­ta­ti­ons, semi­nar papers and crea­ti­ve group work let you con­tri­bu­te a litt­le to sha­ping your stu­dies and at the same time offer you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn on metho­di­cal and didac­tical levels.

What makes your university unique?

The Karl-Fran­zens-Uni­ver­si­ty offers room for edu­ca­ti­on and deve­lop­ment not only young peop­le but also under­stands its­elf as an insti­tu­ti­on, which opens its doors for the public. Nume­rous events take place to hand on know­ledge to streng­t­hen and awa­ke the inte­rest in edu­ca­ti­on wit­hin dif­fe­rent peop­le.

Who should study pedagogy?

Peop­le who are cri­ti­cal of socie­ty and inte­rested in chan­ges. You will be con­fron­ted with edu­ca­tio­nal dis­cour­se from time to time, which is in need of cos­mo­po­li­ta­nism and an urge for thin­king fur­t­her and deve­lop­ment.

Have you alre­ady taken classes/courses at other Styrian uni­ver­si­ties or par­ti­ci­pa­ted in col­la­bo­ra­tive projects?

I think it is gre­at that you can you use the cour­se offer of other uni­ver­si­ties, so I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to take elec­tive sub­jects, which I was real­ly inte­rested in, but which were not offe­red in this form at my uni­ver­si­ty. Becau­se if such coope­ra­ti­on it is pos­si­ble to bene­fit from the cour­se offer of other uni­ver­si­ties and award more fle­xi­bi­li­ty to your own stu­dies.

Why are so many young people drawn to Sty­ria for their stu­dies? What is so spe­cial about this uni­ver­sity location?

The Sty­ri­an edu­ca­ti­on area is big and offers a gre­at varie­ty and stu­dy pro­grams. You can choo­se bet­ween nume­rous fiel­ds of stu­dy and bene­fit from dif­fe­rent cour­se offers. Stry­ia forms an attrac­tive place to live and stu­dy.


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Testimonial: Sebastian Höft (University of Arts)


Sebas­ti­an Höft is stu­dy­ing the Instru­men­tal Stu­dies “Orches­tra Trum­pet” at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Arts.

Why are you studying the Instrumental Studies “Orchestra Trumpet”?

I stem form a fami­ly of musi­ci­ans, in which near­ly every orches­tra instru­ment was alre­ady taken. Only the trum­pet was “free”, so I had some­thing on my own! In addi­ti­on, the sound of an orches­tra has always fasci­nated me, espe­ci­al­ly when the trum­pet in the works of Bruck­ner, Mah­ler, Strauss and Wag­ner lays its bril­li­ant bright sound over the orches­tra.

How did you learn about this field of study?

As I deci­ded in my juve­ni­le age to stu­dy the trum­pet and com­ple­te an internship at the con­ser­va­to­ry in Wei­mar during my school years, I was fami­li­ar with the pro­cess and struc­tu­re of the stu­dies.

What do you especially like about your field of study?

The cur­ri­cu­lum offers the oppor­tu­ni­ty to focus sole­ly on the instru­ment. The minor sub­jects are rea­son­ab­le and one is able to shift the focus from semes­ter to semes­ter without run­ning out of time.

What makes your university unique?

The nume­rous oppor­tu­nities to pre­sent oneself wit­hin and out­side of the second lar­gest music-uni­ver­si­ty in Euro­pe are enor­mous and diver­se. Also the faci­li­ties (rehear­sal rooms, equip­ment, etc.) are an important cha­rac­te­ris­tic of the uni­ver­si­ty.

Who should study the Instrumental Studies “Orchestra Trumpet”?

Pas­sio­na­te young peop­le, who are awa­re of the immense com­pe­ti­ti­on. The deci­si­on for an Instru­men­tal Stu­dies takes some cou­ra­ge and power of endu­ran­ce the­se days. Times have chan­ged and ever­y­bo­dy should try to get a glim­pse of the orches­tra busi­ness and the cul­tu­ral sce­ne, befo­re deci­ding on going this way.

Have you already taken classes/courses at other Styrian universities or participated in collaborative projects?

No, until now the­re was no oppor­tu­ni­ty.

Why are so many young people drawn to Sty­ria for their stu­dies? What is so spe­cial about this uni­ver­sity location?

I deci­ded to come to Graz becau­se of the lec­tu­rer. In the cour­se of time, I rea­li­zed how many famous and well-known orches­tra musi­ci­ans from all over Euro­pe pit­ched their tents in Sty­ria and hand on their know­ledge to young ambi­tious musi­ci­ans.


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Testimonial: Christopher Kommetter (TU Graz)


Chris­to­pher Kom­met­ter is stu­dy­ing Phy­sics und Com­pu­ta­tio­nal Sci­en­ces for beco­m­ing at tea­cher.

Why are you studying Physics and Computional Sciences? 

During my school­days I beca­me more and more desi­rous of stan­ding on the other side of the teacher’s desk. The­re­fo­re only a tea­cher edu­ca­ti­on was a pos­si­bi­li­ty for me! Until now I do not reg­ret my choice and I am con­fi­dent that this fee­ling will remain.

How did you learn about your field of study?

Sought and found! =) It was crys­tal clear to me that I want to stu­dy and today it only takes two to three clicks via “Goog­le” and voi­là: field of stu­dy found!

What do you especially like about your studies? 

My stu­dies are tru­ly diver­si­fied. Many cour­ses are very prac­tical and the lec­tu­rers give insights into their own expe­ri­en­ces. Per­so­nal­ly, I was able to com­ple­te a have a tea­ching les­son in my second semes­ter and it only encou­ra­ged my in my deci­si­on of beco­m­ing a tea­cher.

What makes your university unique?

Strict­ly speaking, i am stu­dy­ing at two uni­ver­si­ties: the sub­ject “Phy­sics” at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Graz and the sub­ject “Com­pu­ta­tio­nal Stu­dies” at the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty. I think, the clo­se and good coope­ra­ti­on bet­ween the two uni­ver­si­ties is uni­que.

Who should study to become a teacher? 

Ever­y­bo­dy, who does not only see tea­ching as a job but as a mis­si­on. All of tho­se, who have fun working with teen­agers. All of tho­se, who appre­cia­te a diver­si­fied field of stu­dy, …

Habe you taken classes/courses at other Styrian Universities or participated in collaborative projects? 

I have not taken any clas­ses or cour­se at other uni­ver­si­ties. Howe­ver, I par­ti­ci­pa­te at a col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve pro­ject of four Sty­ri­an uni­ver­si­ties, name­ly at the “Web­ra­dio der Gra­zer Uni­ver­si­tä­ten”.

Why are so many young people drawn to Styria for their studies? What is so special about this university location? 

The stu­dy offer wit­hin Sty­ria is unbe­liev­a­b­ly mul­tis­ided! In addi­ti­on the regi­on offers ever­y­thing one can ima­gi­ne when it comes to leisu­re activi­ties. Still it is mana­ge­ab­le. Die loca­ti­on is also ide­al: it does not mat­ter whe­re one comes from, the home­town is clo­se.


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Testimonial: Michael Außerdorfer (FH JOANNEUM)


Micha­el Außer­dor­fer is stu­dy­ing the gra­dua­te pro­gram Ener­gy and Trans­port Manage­ment at FH JOANNEUM.

Why are you studying Energy and Transport Mangement?

This gra­dua­te pro­gram and also the under­gra­dua­te pro­gram „Ener­gie-, Ver­kehrs- und Umwelt­ma­nage­ment“ (Ener­gy, Trans­port and Envi­ron­ment Manage­ment), which I com­ple­ted befo­re, offer a uni­que com­bi­na­ti­on wit­hin Aus­tria. The cour­se offer per­fect­ly matches my inte­rests in the envi­ron­men­tal area and in addi­ti­on, the form of stu­dy at a uni­ver­si­ty of app­lied sci­en­ces is per­fect for me.

How did you learn about this field of study?

Becau­se I alre­ady com­ple­ted my under­gra­dua­te pro­gram at the FH JOANNEUM, the jump to the gra­dua­te pro­gram “Enge­ry and Trans­port Manage­ment” was very easy. But I also infor­med mys­elf about the field of stu­dy at the home­page of the FH JOANNEUM.

What do you especially like about you field of study?

We are stu­dy­ing very future-ori­en­ted and prac­tical here. After having finis­hed our stu­dies, fiel­ds of activi­ties await us, which will be in demand in the future and enga­ge in the impro­ve­ment of our soci­al living toge­ther.

What makes your university special?

On the one hand, the lec­tu­rers, on the other hand the loca­ti­on. Our lec­tu­rers are fri­end­ly and com­pe­tent, and very acces­si­ble for us stu­dents. We know each other. I like it, when lec­tures are prac­tical and pep­pe­red with real examp­les. The loca­ti­on Kap­fen­berg is a small and mana­ge­ab­le cam­pus, on which the inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry coope­ra­ti­on of the dif­fe­rent fiel­ds of stu­dies stands out.

Who should study Energy and Transport Management?

Espe­ci­al­ly peop­le, who do not only want to learn grey theo­ry in the cour­se of their stu­dies but who want to take a look into the future alre­ady during their stu­dies. The topic inclu­des all rege­ne­ra­ti­ve ener­gy sys­tems and sustain­ab­le traf­fic solu­ti­ons of the future and is tar­ge­ted towards peop­le, which want to influ­ence the future sustain­ab­le and sim­ply want to make the future a litt­le bit more beau­ti­ful.


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Science Space Styria at the City Festival

On Sunday the 5th of May 2014 the tra­di­tio­nal City Fes­ti­val took place in Graz. All nine Sty­ria Uni­ver­si­ties as well as Joan­ne­um Rese­arch par­ti­ci­pa­ted in the fes­ti­val. With the mot­to „Sci­ence to par­ti­ci­pa­te. The Sty­ri­an Sci­ence Pan­ora­ma“ they invi­ted all visi­tors on an inte­res­ting jour­ney though the dif­fe­rent fiel­ds of sci­ence.

Questions to the Rectors

An inter­view-round with all nine rec­tors ope­ned this sci­en­ti­fic day at the Schloss­berg­platz.


Dr. Elgrid Mess­ner (Uni­ver­si­ty Col­le­ge for Edu­ca­ti­on Sty­ria) tal­ked about the Mozart-Musi­cal, which was pro­du­ced and per­for­med by the tea­chers, stu­dents as well as the pupils from the Uni­ver­si­ty College’s prac­tice school.

Prof. Dr. Wil­fried Eichel­se­der (Mon­tan­uni­ver­si­tät Leo­ben) intro­du­ced the new stu­dy pro­gram „Recy­cling tech­no­lo­gy”, which will start in 2015.

Prof. Dr. Josef Smol­le (Medi­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Graz) exp­lai­ned the con­cept of per­so­na­li­zed medi­ci­ne to the lis­teners.

Prof. Dr. Harald Kainz (Uni­ve­ri­ty of Tech­no­lo­gy Graz) told the visi­tors about his per­so­nal rela­ti­ons to tech­no­lo­gy and natu­ral sci­en­ces and under­li­ned the impor­t­an­ce of English as a working lan­guage for his stu­dents.

Prof. (FH) MMag. Gün­ther Zullus (Vice­rec­tor CAMPUS 02 Uni­ver­si­ty of App­lied Sci­en­ces) dis­cus­sed the signi­fi­can­ce of rese­ar­ching and deve­lop­ment for orga­ni­za­ti­ons.

Dr. Sieg­fred Baro­nes (Catho­lic Uni­ver­si­ty Col­le­ge for Edu­ca­ti­on Graz) tal­ked about rese­arch and deve­lop­ment in tea­cher edu­ca­ti­on.

Dr. Karl Peter Pfeif­fer (Uni­ver­si­ty of App­lied Sci­en­ces Sty­ria) stres­sed the advan­ta­ges of tech­ni­cal stu­dy pro­grams with a prac­tical focus.

Last but not least Prof. Wolf­gang Pri­byl (Direc­tor of Joan­ne­um Rese­arch) exp­lai­ned why it is important to invest into rese­arch.

(Audio Files are only avail­ab­le in the Ger­man Ver­si­on)

Experiments for young and old

The sun was shi­ning bright­ly and all­u­red many curious onloo­kers to „Rese­arch to Par­ti­ci­pa­te“. Espe­ci­al­ly youn­ger rese­ar­chers found lots of inte­res­ting expe­ri­ments to par­ti­ci­pa­te in.

University College for Education

Stu­dents of the Uni­ver­si­ty Col­le­ge for Edu­ca­ti­on built rockets toge­ther with the child­ren, which they then shot into the air with the help of a simp­le water bott­le. In addi­ti­on, a part of the Mozart-Musi­cal was per­for­med.


University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

The booth of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Music and Per­for­ming Arts Graz offe­red the young visi­tors to try out body per­cus­sion. With the help of plastic bowls and their own bodies they were able to pro­du­ce inte­res­ting rhythms and many were ama­zed that it does not need pro­per instru­ments to crea­te nice music.


Catholic University College for Education

The booth of the Catho­lic Uni­ver­si­ty Col­le­ge for Edu­ca­ti­on was espe­ci­al­ly inte­res­ting for the young dis­co­ve­rers and their com­pa­n­ions. They were exp­lai­ned how a lava lamp works and they were allo­wed to dis­co­ver a stran­ge blue liquid which gets hard under pres­su­re and gets liquid again when the pres­su­re is gone. The liquid made of corn starch and water is cal­led New­to­ni­an flu­id.


CAMPUS O2 University of Applied Sciences

Right next to the booth of Catho­lic Uni­ver­si­ty Col­le­ge for Edu­ca­ti­on the visi­tors were able to mea­su­re their reac­tion time and dive into vir­tu­al rea­li­ty. With the help of an iPad stu­dents of the CAMPUS 02 revi­ved dra­gons that were pic­tu­red on she­ets of paper only seconds befo­re.


University of Applied Sciences FH JOANNEUM

The sta­ti­on of FH JOANNEUM was focu­sed on tech­no­lo­gy. The Joan­ne­um Racing Team intro­du­ced their new racing-boli­de for the Inter­na­tio­nal For­mu­la Stu­dent to fans of motor­sports. Of cour­se, visi­tors were allo­wed to sit down behind the wheel and pre­tend to be a racer. Right next to the boli­de, stu­dents of the insti­tu­te “Avia­ti­on” exp­lai­ned how an air­plane func­tions.


Medical University

Sum­mer is knocking on the door so the Medi­cal Uni­ver­si­ty focu­sed on tra­vel-medi­ci­ne. Which immu­ni­za­ti­on do I need for my holi­days? What kind of food can I eat, which should I avo­id? What belongs in a first-aid kit? Tho­se and other ques­ti­ons were dis­cus­sed at the booth. At 15:00 the sta­ti­on „Bone-doc­tors“ ope­ned and the visi­tors lear­ned how many bones a human has, what they are good for and bra­ve child­ren could try out working as a sur­ge­on and screw on a bone-model.


University of Graz

At the booth of Karl-Fran­zens-Uni­ver­si­ty three dif­fe­rent pro­grams took place. At the begin­ning, medi­eval hand­wri­ting from Admont could be deci­phe­red. After­wards visi­tors lear­ned what hap­pens in the brain and the body when some­bo­dy is afraid of spi­ders. In the end, visi­tors could try out food from the mole­cu­lar kit­chen. For examp­le they tested cavi­ar made from fruits and get insights into sci­en­ti­fic coo­king.


Montanuniversity Leoben

At the stand of the Mon­tan­uni­ver­si­ty visi­tors lear­ned why raw mate­ri­als are so important for ever­y­day live and also which trea­su­res are hid­den in our was­te. In a glass bowl with lots of — see­min­gly — was­te young rese­ar­chers fil­te­red the exploi­ta­ble metal with the help a magnet.


University of Technology

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­no­lo­gy offe­red fri­ends of hand­craft the oppor­tu­ni­ty to build their own Schloss­berg-train-gon­do­la which they can build and let dri­ve down on the Schloss­berg­platz. The young rese­ar­chers were also able to expe­ri­ment with this spe­cial liquid made of corn starch and water.


Joanneum Research

The stand of Joan­ne­um Rese­arch was dedi­ca­ted to the topic light. In a dark room the visi­tors could expe­ri­ment with LEDs, laser and color fil­ters. Also here, the visi­tors were able to build air­planes made of wood.


All tho­se inte­res­ting sta­ti­ons and the per­fect wea­ther bes­to­wed the visi­tors a very infor­ma­ti­ve day wit­hin the frame­work of sci­ence.

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