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January 2014

After Graduation Students Enrolled in Engineering-Natural Sciences Degree Programs Tend to Lean Towards Self-Employment

The results of a special evaluation and online survey (GUESS Study 2010) conducted by the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Organizational Development showed that approximately two-thirds of students enrolled in a degree program in engineering and/or natural sciences are potentially interested in entrepreneurship. 40% of those surveyed indicated concrete plans to first acquire a few years of professional work experience before establishing their own business. A few reasons for increased interest in self-employment include the development of prototypes during studies and a high degree of willingness to continue cooperating closely with research facilities and institutions of higher learning.

Invitation Grand Opening of the K-Project and the Research Network "Process Analytical Chemistry“ (PAC)

On Wednesday, February 2, 2011, the opening of the K-Project and research network "PAC" (Process Analytical Chemistry) will take place at the Science Park at 3:00 pm.

New Professors at the JKU: The Inaugural Lecture Series Introduces Current Fields of Teaching and Research

The traditional Inaugural Lecture series by new faculty at the JKU (Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business, the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, and the Faculty of Law) provides exciting insight into various subject areas and closer contact to science and research, between the business community, public opinion-makers and the general public. On January 24 the newest members of the faculty at JKU will hold presentations on their respective areas of expertise and fields of research.

Earning an Academic Degree at Home – The JKU Offers Attractive Distance Learning Programs

Degree programs designed for students who work full-time are becoming an increasingly popular way to earn an academic degree. Approximately 2200 students throughout Austria (650 in Upper Austria alone) are taking advantage of these types of programs. Students in Upper Austria are supervised by the Center for Distance Learning at the JKU and the number of degree programs offered in cooperation with the FernUniversität Hagen is continually growing. Prospective students have until February 15, 2011 to enroll for the coming semester.

Statistical Evaluation of the PISA Study Shows: Strong Performing School Systems Produce Inequalities in Student Performances

By evaluating proficiency levels (average mean of student performance) and the degree of inequality (dispersion about the mean of student performance), a.Univ.Prof. Dr. Eduard Brandstätter (Institute for Education Sciences and Psychology at the JKU) analyzed all 65 countries in which the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) study serves as criteria for a school system’s performance assessment. Results show a clear dilemma in educational policy: strong performing school systems show inequalities in school performance. The statistical evaluation indicates that Austria must either commit to maximum performance with great differences in performance or to performance deterioration with little difference in performance.