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A Look Back at the 2021 Festival University. 

Transform Your World

Three weeks, 100 international students, and technological advancements that will change the world forever: The most significant international symposium in support art & technology - the Ars Electronica Festival - and Upper Austria's largest institute of education, the Johannes Kepler University Linz, opens in new window - joined forces to organize a very special Festival University program.


Robotics, brain interfaces, artificial intelligence, digitization, a circular economy, and new forms of energy for the future: While you can’t stop new technologies from changing our world, you CAN be a part of the way they will shape our everyday lives – it’s all in your hands!

Together with highly experienced, international experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other world-leading research institutions as well as artists many have only seen on YouTube, Festival University participants thought about, planned and developed ideas to supporrt digital transformation: What are the most important issues of our time? How do we make more people aware and ready to be part of the solution and not part of the problem? What should - and how will - universities look like in the future?

Key Facts


Online and in Linz, Austria


3 weeks,
Aug 30 to Sept. 19, 2021
Online: Aug. 30 - Sept. 5
On-Site: Sept. 6 - 19


100 school students and university students between the ages of 16 and 29 from 40 countries around the world

„There were overwhelming and inspiring personal moments and encounters at Festival University. It was really good after a period of distance learning.“
Nathan, 22, France, Eindhoven University of Technology
[Translate to Englisch:] Festival-University-Nathan

Impressions from the 2021 Festival University

Weltkalte der TeilnehmerInnen der Festival University 2021


News 09.08.2022

The JKU and Ars Electronica Come Together to Organize the Second Annual Festival University

Organized by the Johannes Kepler University Linz and Ars Electronica, this second annual summer university program will take place between August 18 and September 14, 2022. Over 200 participants from over 70 countries will explore just how we - as a global community - can respond to the impact of climate change.

News 17.09.2021

Students in the Ars Electronica and JKU’s Festival University Program Present Ideas for a "University of the Future"

The program focused on several topics, including on what a “university of future” should be like in terms of learning and education.

F.l.: Stocker, Gabriel, Merle, Chiara, Nathan, Kai Jui, Lukas
News 13.09.2021

The 2021 Ars Electronica Festival - 15,000 Visitors at the JKU.

The 2021 Ars Electronica - a unique festival showcasing art, technology, and the greater community – took place at the JKU between September 8 and 12.

Impressions from the 2021 Ars Electronica Festival
News 07.09.2021

Federal Minister Heinz Faßmann Visits International Festival University Students at the JKU and Ars Electronica

How can we respond to and address global challenges of our time and initiate change? How will we learn and study at universities in the future?

Partners & Funding

Program funding in the amount of €440,000 will be generously provided by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science & Research and the Upper Austrian government.

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