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April 2016

April 29: Space for a New JKU Campus

University alumni can provide valuable information on whether or not pursuing an academic degree at the Johannes Kepler University Linz is worth it. A recent representative survey conducted by the Kepler Society revealed areas in which JKU alumni are particularly satisfied and where improvements could be made, such as the campus itself. This is about to change: JKU students and employees were recently asked to complete a questionnaire on the new campus redesign and contribute their ideas. The survey findings will be taken into consideration in the architectural competition organized by BIG.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, photo credit: JKU/Atzmüller.

Photo 1: from l.: Kepler Society manager Johannes Pracher, Austrian Student Union Chairman Markus Isack, Rector Meinhard Lukas, Kepler Society President Gerhard Stürmer
Photo 2: from l.: Austrian Student Union Chairman Markus Isack, Rector Meinhard Lukas, Kepler Society President Gerhard Stürmer, Kepler Society manager Johannes Pracher

April 26: Interdisciplinary Foundation Institute for Integrated Quality Design: Inaugural Lecture by Univ. Prof. Erik G. Hansen at the JKU

Quality prevails - but what is quality and how can you make it? Univ. Prof. Erik G. Hansen (Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD) at the Johannes Kepler University) focused on this question and more during his inaugural lecture at the JKU on April 25, 2016. The professorship position will be funded by Quality Austria and the Upper Austrian government. The unusual aspect: In addition to the professorship position, the Foundation is also funding institute.

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

Photo from l.: JKU Rector Meinhard Lukas, Deputy Gov. Thomas Stelzer, Univ. Prof. Erik Hansen, Dr. Anni Koubek, Dean Johann Bacher, Dean Alois Ferscha

April 25: 2016 Science Slam Champion Comes from the JKU

A JKU physicist, a rubber chicken, and the music of Star Wars: a winning combination for physicist Martyna Grydlik at the 2016 Austrian Science Slam Championships in Vienna.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photo free of charge, photo credit: Martin Lusser

April 23: 1,800 Visitors at the "Long Night of Research" Event at the JKU Campus

The "Long Night of Research" event was held for the seventh time and the Johannes Kepler University organized over 60 stations for guests to visit. This made it the largest location in Upper Austria taking part in the statewide research event. The interest was immense and over 1,800 guests came to the JKU to learn more about the World of Science (2014: 1,600 visitors).


See the press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, photo credit: JKU/Atzmüller and Cityfoto. See: http://www.cityfoto.at for additional photos.

Photo 1: f.l. JKU Rector Meinhard Lukas and Deputy Gov. Thomas Stelzer at the GeoGebra station (credit: JKU/Atzmüller)
Photo 2: Visitors of all ages at the "World of Science" (credit: Cityfoto/Rahmanovic)
Photo 3: JKU Vice-Rector Alexander Egyed (background) is pleased at the large number of guests attending LNoR (credit: JKU/Atzmüller)

April 22: The JKU's Faculty of Medicine on the Road to Success

There have been some recent misgivings surrounding the Kepler Universitätsklinikum. The Faculty of Medicine is on the right track, developing well and getting unprecedented support from physicians at the Klinikum as well as management. The selection process to hire professors is underway and the curriculum for the first year of studies at the JKU has been successfully completed. It is critical not to jeopardize the project's excellent reputation at this early stage.

April 18: Inaugural Lectures by Univ. Prof. Pretl and Univ. Prof. Wille

On Monday, April 11, 2016, Univ. Prof. Dr. Harald Pretl and Univ. Prof. DI Robert Wille (both professors at the Institute for Integrate Circuits), held their inaugural lectures at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. Over 100 guests came to the university rep. rooms to learn more about each professor’s field of research.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photo free of charge, photo credit: JKU/Atzmüller

Photo: JKU Rector Univ. Prof. Meinhard Lukas, Univ. Prof. Harald Pretl, Univ. Prof. Robert Wille, former JKU Rector Univ. Prof. Richard Hagelauer, Dean Univ. Prof. Alois Ferscha

April 15: Graduation Ceremony under the Auspices of Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer

Once again, a Sub Auspiciis graduation took place at the JKU on Thursday, April 14, 2016, under the auspices of the President of Austria, Dr. Heinz Fischer. Two doctoral candidates, DI(FH) Rainer Findenig und DI Markus Schörgenhumer, BSc., were honored at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. In his speech, the President recalled the air of courage and pioneering spirit when the Linz University was established 50 years ago. Rector Lukas thanked the President for his decades-long association with the Johannes Kepler University.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, photo credit: JKU/Pullirsch

Photo 1: from l: Vice-Rector Univ. Prof. Alexander Egyed, Univ. Prof. Johannes Gerstmayr, Chief Physician Dr. Walter Aichinger, Dr. Rainer Findenig, Vice-Rector Univ. Prof. Andreas Janko, Dr. Markus Schörgenhumer, BSc, Senate Chairman Univ. Prof. Helmut Pernsteiner, Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Rector Univ. Prof. Meinhard Lukas, Vice-Rector Dr. Barbara Romauer, Dean Univ. Prof. Alois Ferscha, Dean Univ. Prof. Johann Bacher, former JKU Rector Univ. Prof. Richard Hagelauer
Photo 2: v from l: Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Dr. Rainer Findenig
Photo 3: from l: Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Dr. Markus Schörgenhumer
Photo 4.: from l: Dr. Markus Schörgenhumer, Dr. Rainer Finendig

April 7: Over 800 Applications for Medical Studies at the JKU

From March 1 – 31, 2016, prospective applicants were able to apply for admission to the medical degree program offered by the Faculty of Medicine at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. For the first time, the JKU will be able to offer admission to 120 students instead of 60 as before. Over 806 prospective students applied to the program, an increase of over 35% from the previous year (597 applications).

See the press release below for detailed information.

April 4: U-Multirank Success: JKU Improves in 11 of 29 Indicators

Over two-thirds of Austrian universities took part in U-Multirank’s institutional ranking. For the first time, the Johannes Kepler University attained 11 of the "A" performance measures. U-Multirank provides information on over 1300 universities in 90 countries.

See the press release below for detailed information.