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September 2014

The JKU Celebrates the New Faculty of Medicine

On Monday, September 29, 2014, the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) officially celebrated the new Faculty of Medicine. Guests included the first 60 medical students accepted to this year’s program along with distinguished guests from the local government, local business community, media, health care sector, and society.

Detailed information is available in the press release below.
A large selection of photos from the ceremony are available in Dropbox:
Credit: JKU; free of charge
Attached photos:

1_Hofstädter: The new Vice-Rector and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU), Prof. Dr. med. Ferdinand Hofstädter, with the new medallion and 2 of the 60 new med students with a stethoscope.

2_Mitterlehner: from left: students, Rector Josef Smolle (Medical Univ of Graz), Rector Richard Hagelauer (JKU), Governor Josef Pühringer, Mayor Klaus Luger, Reinhold Mitterlehner (Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy Ferdinand Hofstädter (Vice-Rector and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine), Alois Stöger (Minister for Infrastructure), students

Press Conference Materials: "Faculty of Medicine Foundation Ceremony" at the Johannes Kepler (JKU) University of Linz

Today's foundation ceremony on September 29, 2014, marks the official opening of the Faculty of Medicine. An important project of the future has become a reality for the JKU, the Upper Austrian government, and the city of Linz. During the past few months the university has worked intensively on developing the Faculty of Medicine and most recently appointed a new Vice-Rector and Dean of the Medical School, Prof. Dr. med. Ferdinand Hofstädter.

Photos free of charge, credit: JKU. L to r: Upper Austrian Governor Josef Pühringer, JKU Rector Richard Hagelauer, Med Uni Graz-Rector Josef Smolle, Mayor of Linz Klaus Luger

Always Up-to-Date – Current News from the World of Post-Graduate Degree Programs

The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz focuses on offering educational programs that are in tune with the times. Educational programs designed to accommodate working students are becoming increasingly popular and can boost students’ career prospects. In keeping with the times, some of the post-graduate programs offered at the JKU Linz have made a few adjustments and revisions.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photo "Success with JKU Post-Graduate Programs and the LIMAK" free of charge, credit: zis-ff

University Council Appoints Prof. Ferdinand Hofstädter as Vice-Rector of Medicine

At its meeting on September 19, 2014, the University Council at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz supported Rector Richard Hagelauer’s proposal and appointed Prof. Ferdinand Hofstädter as Vice-Rector of Medicine. Up to September 2014, Prof. Hofstädter was at the University of Regensburg and University Hospital Regensburg. He is also a recognized expert in cancer research and pathology.

Please see the press release below for detailed information. Photo free of charge, credit: JKU.

Top Green Party Leaders Visit the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz

On September 17, 2014, a high profile delegation of Austria’s Green Party parliamentary group visited the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz. Chairwoman and National Spokesperson Dr. Eva Glawischnig was accompanied by Science Spokesperson and National Council Member Sigi Maurer, National Council Member Dr. Ruperta Lichtenecker and the Green Party’s senior member from the Vienna Parliament and university appointee Univ. Prof. Dr. Alexander van der Bellen.

See press release below for more information. Photo free of charge, credit: JKU.

Photo from left: VR Friedrich Roithmayr, Upper Austria Spokesperson, Maria Buchmayr National Council member Ruperta Lichtenecker, Upper Austrian Chairman Gottfried Hirz, Upper Austrian Chairwoman Eva Glawischnig, university appointee Alexander van der Bellen, Science Spokesperson Sigi Maurer, Parliament member Ulli Schwarz, Dean Meinhard Lukas, Rector Richard Hagelauer, VR Herbert Kalb, VR Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis

SIM 2014 - Over 4,000 School Students Expected

Once again, over 4,000 school students are expected to attend the 15th annual Studies Information Fair (SIM) from September 17 – 19, 2014 at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz to learn more about the wide range of educational programs offered in Upper Austria.

See the press release below for more information. Photo free of charge, credit: JKU. Contact us for more photos.

Photo_Opening: from left: Josef Lehner (ÖH), Rector Richard Hagelauer, Parliament Member Mag. Michael Hammer

Influence through Expertise: Prof. Schneider is Among the Most Influential Economists

Often tackling topics no one else wants to take on, Prof. Friedrich Schneider (Institute of Economics, Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz) is an expert who often makes waves researching less explored fields such as corruption and illegal employment. A comprehensive ranking created by the newspaper “Presse” together with the renowned “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” newspaper and the “NZZ” even consider Prof. Schneider as one of Austria’s most influential economists. In German-speaking Europe, Prof. Schneider is ranked 7th, up over 16 spots from last year.

Photo Prof. Schneider free of charge, Credit: JKU

WWI and Social Policy – The Development of the Welfare State

WWI saw the collapse of two large multi-ethnic empires, the Habsburg monarchy and the Ottoman Empire, which not only fundamentally changed the map of Europe but also had a profound impact on different countries’ internal socio-economic conditions. Dr. Brigitte Kepplinger (Institute for Social and Societal Policy at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz) talks about some of the changes.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photo Dr. Kepplinger free of charge, Credit: JKU.

Kids and "Billie" – How Children Learn Languages in the Future

Public discussions often center on school and education, particularly language learning as foreign languages are becoming increasingly important in our globalized economy. Learning a language not only means learning grammar, but also studying vocabulary. Studying vocabulary can be time-consuming, unless one takes advantages of new technologies. A smartphone can help you learn vocabulary whenever you want and even with a personal instructor that is currently being developed by Dr. Manuela Macedonia (Institute for Business Informatics) at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz. The first test findings will be presented at the Ars Electronica Center on September 4 at 11 AM during a presentation by Dr. Macedonia titled “Mensch und Maschine: Ein Blick ins menschliche Gehirn”.