The JKU provides its scientists with an open, attractive and independent place 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).
The JKU considers itself a strongly rooted, regional institution but at the same time, an internationally-oriented university propelling itself to become a leading European academic institution.
The JKU's success and potential have been firmly established by its assets and strengths:
- Deep roots and a strong legacy in the region
- International activities
- Anchored as part of society and the local business community
- Excellent employees
- Innovation through interdisciplinary practices
- Real-world practices integrated in to teaching and research
- Strong campus culture
Freedom and Responsibility
Those at the JKU strive to offer and maintain the highest level of quality in teaching, research and administration. Quality is not based solely on key figures and indicators but rather, it is about a dynamic process based on changing expectations, society's demands, and university employees.
The JKU thrives on the diversity of its employees. The skills and potential of our employees and students - regardless of age, gender, or cultural, religious and social backgrounds - are the university's most important asset.
The JKU is committed to a professional diversity that enables us to acquire original and future-oriented knowledge at their interfaces and at the crossroads. This puts the JKU in a unique position to make significant contributions to the great transformation processes of our time.
More than ever before, research-led teaching forms the basis of future-oriented education. In this regard, all of our faculty members strive to enhance our students' education. In turn, students become familiar with access to research early on.
The scientists and academics at the JKU are part of a world-wide scientific community. The JKU collaborates in areas of teaching as well as conducting research with universities and research institutions located around the world.
Actions by JKU employees and faculty members are characterized by truthfulness, self-criticism, transparency and fairness. Integrity is a high priority in research, teaching, administration, and knowledge transfer.
Decisions at the JKU are made based on transparent and factually comprehensible, opinion-forming processes. The university takes different teaching and research cultures at all departments into account.
The JKU is actively involved in supporting sustainable research in a number of key areas. The university conscientiously integrates principles of sustainable development in teaching, research and its other operations.
The JKU's development plan outlines a defined course of action designed to actively support the university's development and strategic growth. The plan aims to continue sharpening the university's profile, expanding on its strengths, and addressing new topics as part of an intra-systematic development.
Keeping in line with the university's mission, the JKU aims to structurally enhance its profile by continuing to develop its organizational system along a matrix that includes creating interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research groups and supporting a research approach that provides internal, competitive university funding. Research-led teaching will include a quality offensive to develop interdisciplinary degree programs such as Fundamentals of Natural Sciences for Technology (NaSciTech), Medical Engineering, and Business Psychology. In addition, advancements in modern engineering in Linz include combining core expertise in mechatronics and polymer engineering to create a new program in mechanical engineering.