Lukas on the Changes in State Government: Continue Advancements

JKU Rector Lukas thanked Deputy Governor Strugl for his services and appealed to his designated successor Markus Achleitner to continue a visionary path.

Rector Lukas reiterated: "In the interest of the entire region we need to have a clear focus on cutting-edge research at the university." In a brief period of time, Dep. Gov. Michael Strugl has managed to develop a strong creative vision to support the region as a location of science, academics and research and has supported a clear focus on university research as well as application-oriented R&D in support of Upper Austria’s value creation chain. Rector Lukas added, "Michael Strugl stands for bold, innovative concepts and he has been able to move impressively toward achieving the goal. He gave our university the support we needed. At the same time, he is a key ambassador for the JKU, especially representing us in Vienna, and we hope this will continue in the future. Strugl’s departure is a bitter loss for the whole region. Without his powerful commitment, research in Upper Austria would not be where it is today."

Crucial for Upper Austria’s Future
The Rector emphasized that the coming months are a crucial time for the state’s future. “I assume that Strugl and Achleitner will discuss handing the office over and talk about the broader picture. The future member of parliament demonstrated a high level of management skills in his previous position and I especially appreciate his hands-on mentality.” Rector Lukas also spoke about the fruitful discussions with Markus Achleitner, “The future parliament member and I spoke on the phone today and agreed to meet soon. I consider this an important signal to the academia in the region.”

As Upper Austria’s largest educational institution for teaching and research, the Johannes Kepler University needs reliable partners it can count on. JKU Rector Lukas added, “I would like to congratulate Markus Achleitner on his new role and I look forward to strong, constructive talks in support of regional interests and the people who live here.