ÖVP spokesperson for digitization and ÖVP spokesperson for science: gradual operation of studies starting in 2023/24
Vienna (OTS) – “The new university based in Linz will break new ground in securing Austria’s digital competitiveness. In this way, excellent research and cooperation with business, the arts and society will strengthen Austria’s innovative power as a location and combat challenges such as the shortage of skilled workers. By opening up new target groups of students who deal with the topic of digital transformation in an overarching way, a deliberate international focus is also to be placed. The students will work in an interdisciplinary manner, for example, to also ensure effective technology transfer between the individual subject areas of digitalization. The university will have an innovative and broad range of studies in the field of digital transformation,” said MP Therese Niss, ÖVP spokesperson for research, innovation and digitization, and ÖVP science spokesperson MP Rudolf Taschner at the meeting of the Science Committee, at which the government bill for the establishment of the Institute of Digital Sciences Austria was passed with the votes of the ÖVP, Greens and FPÖ. Studies are to start at the beginning of the winter semester 2023/24 with a doctoral program.
The key points for this project were worked out with numerous national and international experts. The new university is to reflect all the different dimensions of digitization. Among other things, digitization will also be considered in the context of major transformation processes. “The next essential step in the realization of this project is the staffing of the founding convention with people who are distinguished by their excellent knowledge and experience. Their task will be to elaborate the strategic principles and the curricula of the University according to international standards,” said MP Therese Niss, who continues: “We are convinced that the Institute of Digital Sciences Austria will be a success. The principles and tasks of the university are up to date. Of course, there is also a focus on the advancement of women and gender equality. In addition, the students’ right to have a say has been enshrined as a principle.” An advisory board will also be set up to advise and support the new university, particularly with regard to the development of research priorities and the range of courses offered, adds Taschner.
Federal funding for the new institution will be allocated through a performance agreement; however, the initial establishment steps in 2022 to 2023 will be carried out with the cooperation of the University of Linz, which will receive additional funding for this purpose. Future funding for the new university will not come from existing university budgets, but from its own resources. “To be able to remain competitive in digitization, we need above all specialists and know-how. We want to ensure both with the Institute of Digital Sciences Austria. Our prosperity will only last if we think of business location and science location together,” the two MPs concluded. (end)
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