Mission Statement.

The JKU considers itself a strongly rooted, regional institution but at the same time, an internationally-oriented university now emerging as a leading European academic institution.

The JKU's success and potential have been firmly established by its assets and strengths:

  • Outstanding employees and staff
  • International activities
  • Deep roots and a strong legacy in the region
  • Anchored as part of society and the local business community
  • Excellent employees
  • Innovation through both interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary practices
  • Real-world practices integrated in to teaching and research
  • Strong campus culture


The JKU provides its academics, scholars, and researchers with an open, attractive and independent space to conduct ground-breaking, innovative research. The university supports the uninhibited acquisition of knowledge and key findings. At the same time, the freedom of science implies that scientists must conduct themselves responsibly toward society (Responsible Science).

Those at the JKU strive to offer and maintain high quality in education, research, and administration. Quality is not based solely on key figures and indicators but rather on the dynamic processes based on changing expectations, society's demands, and university employees.

The JKU is driven by its employees' diversity. Our employees' and students' expertise and talents - regardless of gender, age, cultural background, religion, or social background - are the university's most important asset.

The JKU is committed to academic diversity, enabling researchers to acquire innovative and future-oriented insight, particularly at the crossroads of various transdisciplinary fields. The JKU is in a unique position to contribute significantly to the major transformation processes currently underway.

The JKU strongly supports balancing studies/career and family responsibilities, offering a wide range of services for students and employees. As part of the audit "hochschuleundfamilie", the Johannes Kepler University was once again declared a family-friendly university.

Now, more than ever, research-based education forms the basis to provide a future-oriented curriculum. In this regard, all of our faculty members strive to apply a strong didactic approach and enhance our students' education. In turn, students become more familiar with research at an early stage.

JKU scholars and researchers are part of a world-wide scientific community. In both education and research, the JKU collaborates with universities and other research institutions around the world.

Conduct among those at the JKU reflects honesty, introspection, openness, and principles of fairness. We attach high priority to maintaining integrity when conducting research, in teaching and in administration, as well as with regard to knowledge transfer

Decisions at the JKU are made based on transparent and factually comprehensible, opinion-forming processes. The university takes the faculties' diverse educational and research environments into account.

The JKU is actively involved in supporting sustainable research in a number of key areas and across disciplines. The university conscientiously integrates sustainable development principles in education, research, and with regard to its operational activities.


As a broad-based university pursuing an interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and future-oriented approach, the JKU is contributing significantly to transformation and building resilience in education, academia, science, research, and in society. The university's educational activities are anchored in its strong and distinctive strengths in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, business, economics, law, medicine, and education. The JKU considers itself a strongly rooted in the region yet internationally oriented, committed to becoming a top European institution. The JKU is actively seeking and pursuing partnerships between institutions as well as engaging in close dialog with the wider public.

The JKU's 2025-2030 Plan for Advancement outlines its strategic priorities. The JKU aims to not only continue building on its strengths, but also expand on core areas based on its distinctive academic profile. While the JKU already conducts interdisciplinary research and holds courses across abroad spectrum, a strategically stronger network will contribute significantly to addressing the major challenges of our time. An effective fusion of individual components is more than the sum of its parts.