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ACT (Austria-Canada-Taiwan)

The ACT program takes place at the University of Victoria, Canada, the National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan, and the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.

The program aims to prepare students to pursue careers in international management. Students spend approximately three months in each country and focus on business practices in North America, Asia and Europe.

In addition, this program provides students with a unique opportunity to develop a global mindset as well as strengthen their social and cultural skill sets. Close interaction with international class members from different countries also allows students to learn how to better embrace diversity and cultural differences. Students complete the program by working on business projects in cooperation with several Austrian companies. This program is a unique, international experience where students can learn about the way business is conducted outside of his/her home country.

The ACT program is a life-enriching experience that fosters the development of each student’s personality and has a lasting impact in regards to a personal level of tolerance, ambiguity, openness and flexibility. The ACT program offers students an opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in business within different international learning environments in some of the world’s leading economic areas.

Statement - Dr. Ernst Balla, Corporate HR, voestalpine

Program Structure

National Year

During the national year, students study at their home university. At the JKU, ACT students attend courses in general management and business, research methods, English, and begin conducting research for their Master's degree thesis. The students can choose 5 out of 7 management subjects but starting this year, marketing and organization are required in order to be able to apply qualitative and quantitative research methods.

International Year

Each year, approximately 10 students are selected from each partner university. The joint degree program is organized in form of trimesters and is roughly 8 months long (August-April). Students spend an equal amount of time at each university. The program begins in Canada, the second part is held in Taiwan, and the program concludes in Austria. Local faculty members from each of the three countries teach the ACT courses. Towards the end of this joint degree program, students work on a real business project in Austria within culturally diverse groups. This has become one of the highlights of the program.

Successful Completion of the Joint Master's Degree Program

After the joint study period, students return to their home universities to take final examinations and complete a thesis as required by their home university. The student's home university will award the degree. The diploma indicates that the program was offered in cooperation by all three universities. At the JKU, students will be conferred with the title Master of Science (MSc) in Global Business.

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