Glossary

Danube University Krems

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Academic Service Center

The Academic Service Center SSC) team at Danube University Krems advises and assists students and potential students with course administration. It is responsible for Admission and the Continuation Procedure, student administration and statistics, and formal course completion administration.

Academic Service-Center

Academically Certified Expert - AE

Academically Certified Expert is an academic denotation awarded to students who have completed university courses of at least 60 ECTS-Points. “Academically Certified Expert” is an academic term and not an academic degree, and is not recorded in official documents (i.e. passport). The denotation can be supplemented to indicate the content of the respective university course (e.g. Academic Marketing Manager).

The continuing education goals of academic programs could be focused on the acquisition of profession-oriented and in-depth expertise about a particular subject and transfer to fields of application.

 

Danube University Krems holds various university courses: master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

Accreditation

Accreditation is a process in which a range of courses and study programs are evaluated at the level of officially recognized institutions of higher education, to assure and assess quality and to increase the transparency of university courses. Austrian law does not require public universities to undergo an accreditation process.

 

However, Danube University Krems has had several university courses accredited by international agencies. The PhD programs at Danube University Krems have been accredited by AQ Austria in accordance with §§ 18 ff and 24 ff of the Act of Quality Assurance in Higher Education (HS-QSG), BGBl. I Nr. 74/2011.

Quality Management at Danube University Krems

Admission

The general prerequisite for admission to study at an Austrian university is evidence of general qualification for university entrance. Everyone having achieved a general matriculation standard is eligible to enroll in a bachelor’s program. However, some study programs have restricted admission. A university entrance qualification exam entitles EU and EEC citizens to gain entrance to a university.

 

As a university for continuing education, Danube University Krems only admits post-graduate students (with at least a bachelor’s degree). However, in many cases it also offers candidates with equivalent professional qualifications an opportunity to study. Before students with “equivalent qualification” i.e. without a formal bachelor’s degree but with non-formal or informal competencies, are admitted to a master’s program, the admission competencies are assessed in accordance with the EQR/NQR descriptors for the bachelor level (Federal law on National Qualification Framework 2016, NQR Law). Individual, course-specific equivalence assessment procedures are used (e.g. pre-tests, competence maps, admission interviews, portfolios). The admission requirements are described in the respective Curriculum.

Danube University Krems does not conduct university entrance qualification exams.

Admission to studies

Alumni

Alumni (plural of Alumnus and Alumna or, in the case of female graduates, Alumnae) denotes university graduates. The network of university graduates is often called Alumni Club.

Alumni Club

Alumni Club

Alumni clubs or alumni societies are networks of students who have graduated from an institution of higher education. The main objective is to keep graduates connected with their alma mater. For this purpose, therefore, events are organized to foster contacts, continuing education is offered at concessionary rates, cooperation with companies are organized and further useful information is provided.

 

The Alumni Club at Danube University Krems offers graduates a network of over 2,000 members. The members are also offered numerous possibilities to make professional and personal contacts, as well as events.

Alumni Club

AQ Austria – Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria

The Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) is an internationally recognized, independent quality assurance agency active in several countries.  It was founded as a quality assurance agency for Austrian higher education institutions in 2012, based on the Quality Assurance in Higher Education Act (HS-QSG). AQ Austria supports higher educational institutions with continuous quality development and, with its expertise, drives further development in the higher education system forward. It upholds the following values: public responsibility for quality in higher education, safeguarding the academic freedom and autonomy of higher education institutions and scientific integrity.

 

Danube University Krems was certified by AQ Austria following an audit in accordance with the 2015 Quality Assurance in Higher Education Act. The two PhD programs at Danube University Krems were accredited in accordance with §§ 18 ff and 24 ff BGBl. I Nr. 74/2011 of the Quality Assurance in Higher Education Act.

Audimax

The Audimax (Auditorium maximum) is usually the largest lecture hall at institutes of higher education.

 

At Danube University Krems, the Audimax is used for lectures as well as symposia, conferences or events.

Campus Map

Austrian Student Union - ÖH

The Austrian National Student Union (ÖH) is the statutory representative body for all students at Austrian universities. In addition its political representation work, the ÖH tries to improve the conditions and everyday situations of students by providing a wide range of services. Every student enrolled at an Austrian university is obligated by law to pay an ÖH membership subscription.

The main task of the student union representatives at Danube University Krems is to represent the interests of the students in university boards – University Senate, Curricula-Commission, Committee for Equality Issues and Honorary Committee – and to support all students with information, counseling and services during their studies. Students having questions about social welfare, or legal and general issues in connection with their studies, are invited to go to the student union’s drop-in center.

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Bachelor

“Bachelor” is the academic title awarded after completing a bachelor program. In Austria this is generally the first stage of study. The title can vary depending on the field of study. In Austria, the following titles are awarded (among others): “Bachelor of Arts“ (BA), “Bachelor of Science“ (BSc) or “Bachelor of Engineering“ (BEng).

 

As Danube University Krems is as a university for continuing education, it does not offer bachelor programs, but holds various extra-occupational university courses as master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

Bachelor Program

According to the University Act 2002, §51 (2), bachelor programs are regular studies that can be completed as basic studies after passing the secondary school leaving exam, or “Matura” in Austria. The minimum number of ECTS points required for a bachelor’s degree is 180, according to the University Act 2002, §54 (3). The academic title awarded on completion of the bachelor program is “Bachelor.” Bachelor programs were introduced in the course of the European Bologna Process.

As Danube University Krems is as a university for continuing education, it does not offer bachelor programs, but holds various extra-occupational university courses as master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

Basic Studies

In Austria, basic studies generally refer to a Bachelor’s study program but there also diploma programs that also classify as basic studies. All other study programs, such as Master‘s or Doctoral Programs, build on this and are considered specialized.

 

As Danube University Krems is as a university for continuing education, it does not offer basic study programs, but holds various extra-occupational university courses as master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert and Certified Programs. The university courses provide post-graduate students or persons with an equivalent qualification specialization, consolidation and skills updates. The two PhD programs offered at Danube University Krems are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research.

Blended Learning

Blended Learning combines e-Learning (distance learning, online learning) with classroom teaching. The flexibility of e-learning is complemented by on campus phases. The balanced combination of different media and methods maximizes the advantages for the learning process.

 

The combination of on campus phases at the university, where people meet physically, and e-learning in the form of blended learning is the distinguishing feature of all study programs at Danube University Krems. Thus Danube University Krems particularly accommodates the requirements of working students.

Bologna Process

The Bologna Process is a series of agreements between European countries to create a European Higher Education Area. The Bologna goals are:

  • Establishing a system of easy to understand and comparable higher education qualifications (Diploma Supplement)
  • Creating a two-cycle study system (Bachelor, Master)
  • Introducing a points system for academic achievements based on the ECTS model
  • Promoting as much mobility as possible for students, teachers, scientists and administrative staff
  • Promoting European collaboration in quality assurance
  • Promoting the European dimension in the higher education area
  • Lifelong learning / freedom of choice in the education system and recognition of previously acquired qualifications

 

Danube University Krems also pursues these goals optimally on behalf of the students:

  • ECTS points are awarded in all university courses
  • The Diploma Supplement is issued together with the graduation certificate
  • Students and staff are fully entitled to participate in mobility programs (Erasmus)
  • Quality assurance system according to European standards
  • Promoting internationalization in the student and teaching body (high percentage of international students and teachers) and supporting language policy
  • Lifelong learning by means of study programs tailored to working people (modules, blocks) and recognizing previous qualifications

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Campus

Campus refers to the complex of buildings and free spaces surrounding an institution of higher education. It provides students scope for individually designing their study and leisure environments.

 

Campus Krems encompasses a compound jointly used by IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Karl Landsteiner Private University for Health Sciences, and other institutions. Students benefit from good travel connections and a varied gastronomic infrastructure with a hotel at “Campus West” for an inspiring working environment for studying and living. The Danube University Krems Campus is located at Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30, 3500 Krems. You will find a detailed Campus map to help you find your way around here.

Campus Krems

Certified Program – CP

A Certified Program is a specialized further education course typically earning 15 to 30 ECTS points. Certified Programs are short programs lasting one to two semesters, depending on workload and ECTS points. On completing this university course the participants receive a graduation certificate that lists the completed modules and grades. If they continue their studies later, successfully completed modules will be accredited.

 

If a university course is designed as a progressive model, the course sequence is structured as follows: Certified Program, Academic Program and Master.

The continuing education goals of Certified Programs could, for example, be: overview and introduction to a specialized field or consolidating expert competencies in a particular field.

 

At Danube University Krems you can enroll in the following continuing education courses as Certified Programs: LINK.

Danube University Krems holds various university courses: master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

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Course Fees

The University Act 2002 stipulates that all public universities charge fees for university courses.

 

The exact fees Danube University Krems charges for its study programs is stated in the course descriptions. The course fees include the student union (ÖH) subscription, the course materials and the StudentServiceCard. Fees paid for continuing education classify as advertising costs or as work-related expenses and are therefore tax-deductible.

Curriculum

The Latin word curriculum means lesson plan or education program and describes the contents and goals of the study programs. According to the University Act 2002, the curriculum regulates the qualification profile, the content and structure of a study program and the examination procedure. 

 

The extra-occupational study programs offered by Danube University Krems combine a modularized, competence-oriented and interdisciplinary curriculum. For further information about the different curricula please see the respective study programs.

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DFP - Diploma Training Program

The Austrian Chamber of Physicians (ÖAK) offers the Diploma Training Program aiming to ensure a high-quality, well-structured medical continuing education. DFP points are awarded for individual trainings proving the training’s amount and structure. The program completes with the training diploma (DFP).

DFP points of the Austrian Chamber of Physicians can be attained for some of Danube University Krems’ courses and events. You will find detailed information on the subject in the pertinent studies description.

Austrian Chamber of Physicians (in German)

DFP points

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Distance Learning

Distance learning means engaging with learning materials remotely, by means of e-learning. Distance learning is ideal for working people because they can largely decide when and where to study, and set their own pace.

 

Danube University Krems specializes in Blended Learning university courses, that is, a combination of on campus phases in which people physically encounter one another, and e-learning. With this approach, Danube University Krems particularly accommodates the requirements of working adults.

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Distance Teaching

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Doctoral Program

According to the University Act 2002, doctoral programs are regular studies with the objective to further develop the ability to conduct research independently, and to train and promote next generation academic and scientific professionals. The academic title “Dr.” and “PhD” is the highest achievable academic degree. The prerequisite for enrolling in a doctoral program, according to the University Act 2002, is successful completion of a diploma program or a master’s degree.

 

Since its accreditation by AQ Austria in May 2015, Danube University Krems offers two PhD programs. These support the research Danube University Krems focuses on, namely in the fields of “Regenerative Medicine” and “Migration Studies“. The PhD students are integrated into an active research team at Danube University Krems. The duration of the PhD program is at least three years and not subject to course fees. Admission to a doctoral program at Danube University Krems is subject to a selection procedure.

Danube University Krems holds various university courses: master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

Doctoral Program

DUK Law 2004 - Federal Law on the University for Continuing Education Krems

On April 2004 the “Federal Law on the University for Continuing Education Krems” (DUK Law 2004 for short, DUK stands for Danube University Krems) came into effect, which can be subsidiarily applied to the University Law 2002. The DUK Law is founded in the Austrian University Act 2002 (Sections I to V) and includes special provisions for “extraordinary courses” or “university-based continuing education” as applicable to Danube University Krems. With the publishing of the Federal Law Gazette on 12 March 2014, Danube University Krems acquired the right to award doctorates.

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E-Learning

E-Learning is an educational activity by means of electronic media that supports the learning process. Often used synonyms are “online learning”, “computer-aided learning” or “multimedia learning.” E-learning permits students to choose the time, pace and place of learning themselves.

 

Almost all study programs at Danube University Krems are based on a combination of on campus phases and e-learning, so-called Blended Learning. With this approach, Danube University Krems is oriented toward the specific requirements of working adults. The e-learning center at Danube University Krems therefore supports teaching using media-didactic methods and media-technology. The pivotal element of this is the learning management system Moodle, to which all students have access. The e-learning center, together with the Quality Management and Teaching Development Office, issues an “e-learning label” for study programs in which education technology resources and processes are used above a defined limit. The “e-learning label” is a quality assurance instrument used for implementing, developing and evaluating e-learning.

Servicecenter for Digital Teaching and Learning

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)

ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System and was introduced as part of the European Bologna Process. The basis for this European system for transferring scholastic credits and accumulating ECTS points is the workload that students must have completed in order to achieve the goals of the study program.

By means of the European Credit Transfer System students can compare study programs and the associated workloads. The system facilitates progression through the Union and recognition of existing academic achievements/ performance.

The European Credit Transfer System is based on the agreement that the workload of fulltime students in one academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS points. In Austria, one ECTS point is defined as 25 hours of students’ workload. Fulltime studies correspond to a workload of 30 ECTS points per semester. The workload includes preparation and follow-up for courses, lectures and classes (= face-to-face or classroom attendance expressed as instruction units), exams and exam preparation, independent work and e-learning activities.

 

The ECTS points awarded in Danube University Krems study programs are indicated in the respective course descriptions.

Enrollment

Enrollment refers to registering for a particular study program. Enrollment is only possible after successful matriculation. In Austria it is necessary to enroll anew for every semester. Nowadays, instead of the term enrollment, Continuation Notification is used.

 

To register and gain admission to a study program at Danube University Krems, please contact the Academic Service Center.

Academic Service-Center

European Documentation Center (EDC)

European Documentation Centers are libraries, archives and information centers sponsored by the European Commission as information institutions. By making important publications by the European Union and its institutions available, their role is to assist teaching and research within the EU. They provide the following services:

  • Knowledge management and access to official EU publications and documents (online and in print),
  • Assist with researching detailed information pertaining to directives, integration, policies and institutions in Europe
  • Assist students and academic staff with researching and investigating EU-related issues

The network consists of about 400 centers in the EU, and more than 600 worldwide. In total the European Documentation Centers are the oldest information network with the largest number of members within the European Union. Link: https://europa.eu/european-union/contact/meet-us_de

 

The European Documentation Center “Europe direct” at Danube University Krems is one of nine Austrian EDCs at Austrian universities. It specializes in European business law, European integration and medical law and is available to students and interested members of the public alike.

Executive Master of Business Administration – EMBA

The Executive MBA is designed for managers from all sectors who already have some years of managerial and leadership experience. The academic certificate Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) can, according to the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (www.naric.at) be awarded as a master’s degree in continuing education.

 

Danube University Krems holds various part-time / extra-occupational university courses: master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

Extra-occupational studies

Extra-occupational studying gives students a chance to obtain certificates of higher education or academic degrees alongside their occupation. Among other things this means that the theory learned in the courses can be applied directly in practice.

Danube University’s range of courses are specifically oriented towards the needs of adult students. With lecturers from the fields of science and practice, and by deploying the appropriate teaching and learning methods, Danube University Krems’ lifelong study model focuses on knowledge and competencies development relevant to practical application. This facilitates implementing the acquired knowledge and appropriated skills in the professional environment while pursuing personal and professional development at the same time. The combination of on campus phase and e-learning in the form of blended learning particularly accommodates the requirements of working people.

Danube University Krems holds various extra occupational university courses: master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

Studying parallel to employment

Extraordinary Studies

According to the University Act 2002, §51(20) all further education courses and university courses are classified as extraordinary studies. Hence, students enrolled in university courses are extraordinary students. Unlike regular studies, extraordinary studies are part-time and extra-occupational. Admission to extraordinary studies depends on the respective university course. The University Act 2002 stipulates that attendance fees must be charged for continuing education (see Course Fees).

 

Danube University Krems holds various extraordinary study programs: master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs offered at Danube University Krems are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research.

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Faculty

A faculty is an organizational unit at a university that combines and administrates several departments. It is headed by a Dean. (“Faculty” can also refer to the body of lecturers.)

At Danube University Krems, currently three faculties are the backbone of education and research:

  • Faculty of Health and Medicine
  • Faculty of Business and Globalization
  • Faculty of Education, Arts and Architecture

Please visit the Faculty pages for an overview of the departments and centers.

Faculties

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Learning Format

A learning format is a university course’s structure.

 

University courses at Danube University Krems are offered in various learning formats: on campus phases, blended learning and distance learning. On campus phases take place on campus. Blended learning is a combination of on campus phases and self-study, i.e. e-learning. In the distance learning format, the entire course is held via e-learning.

Lecturers

Lecturers are people who teach at higher education institutions. In many cases they have freelance service contracts with the university.

At Danube University Krems lecturers are both scientists and scientifically acquired experts from their fields of practice. The combination of internal and external lecturers ensure a high degree of knowledge and competence transfer in teaching and research.

LL.M. – Master of Laws

The Master of Laws is awarded on studying law at a university. The Latin acronym LL.M. stands for Legum Magister/Magistra, whereby the double “L” on the plural refers to the different areas of law.

 “Master of Laws“ serves further professional development and specializing in specific areas of the law.

 

Danube University Krems also holds other master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert, and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

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MA – Master of Arts

The Master of Arts is the most frequently awarded degree in Austria. The degree is mainly awarded in social sciences, humanities, cultural studies, linguistics and economics.

 

Danube University Krems also holds other master’s programs as well as courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

Master‘s thesis

A master’s thesis is an academic paper written at the end of a master’s program. The master’s thesis gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to define problems, select methods, work systematically, and present their findings. The topic of the master’s thesis is agreed with the course director.

Master’s degree from regular studies

Master’s degrees from regular studies are academic degrees from research or application-oriented study programs corresponding to at least 120 ECTS. Master’s Programs are usually offered as full-time programs.

 

As Danube University Krems is as a university for continuing education, it holds various extraordinary study programs as part-time university courses: master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

Master’s degree in continuing education

Based on the University Act 2002, Austrian master’s degrees from continuing education are awarded on completion of university courses that are comparable with foreign master’s programs in regard to the admission requirements, the scope and prerequisites. Master’s degrees from continuing education classify as full academic degrees in every respect.

The continuing education goal of master’s programs in continuing education is to provide students with in-depth academic and practical knowledge, skills and competencies as well as the opportunity to conduct research at a sophisticated level. A master’s thesis concludes the course.

Admission to a master’s program is only possible if the requirements stipulated in the university courses’ curricula are met. The admission competencies required of students are defined in all curricula of the individual courses and programs, the so-called admission requirements, and are also published in the university’s official gazette.

 

In addition to the master’s programs, Danube University Krems also holds studies ranging from Academically Certified Expert, Certified Programs up to two PhD programs, which are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

Master’s Program

A master’s program is either a postgraduate course or consecutive studies after a bachelor’s program and is therefore the second academic degree awarded in Austria. The duration of studies is ordinarily between two and four semesters. A master’s program aims to provide more specialized and in-depth knowledge in a particular field.

 

At Danube University Krems you can attend Master’s Programs in Continuing Education.

Danube University Krems holds various part-time / extra-occupational university courses: master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

Matriculation

First-time admission to studies at a university is called matriculation. After admission to studies students receive a matriculation number valid all over Austria. Canceling admission to studies is referred to as ex-matriculation. Nowadays, instead of matriculation, the terms enrolment or admission are used.

 

Please contact the Academic Service Center if you wish to enroll and gain admission to studies at Danube University Krems.

Academic Service Center

MBA – Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is mainly awarded for university courses focusing on management. The students often gain professional experience prior to enrolling in an MBA program, and study parallel to employment.

 

Danube University Krems was the first university in Austria to award the title “Master of Business Administration” (MBA) in 1998.

Danube University Krems also holds other master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert, and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

MFP – Master of Financial Planning

The academic degree Master of Financial Planning (MFP) is awarded as a master’s degree in continuing education, according to the National Information Center for Academic Recognition (www.naric.at). 

 

Danube University Krems also holds other master’s programs as well as courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

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MLS – Master of Legal Studies

Master of Legal Studies is a graduate course for non-jurists.

 

Danube University Krems also holds other master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert, and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

MSc – Master of Science

Master of Science is predominantly a degree taken in the fields of natural sciences, mathematics, technology or IT. Psychology study programs can also earn an MSc.

 

Danube University Krems also holds other master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert, and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.

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Notice of Continuation

From the 2nd semester onwards a notice of continuation is required for the rest of the course duration.

 

At Danube University Krems, this is done by paying the course fees within the duration of studies stipulated in the curriculum. You will find more information here.

Notice of Continuation

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On campus phase

Extra-occupational courses often consist of a mix between on campus and e-learning phases (distance learning, online learning). Students must be physically present during the on campus phases.

 

At Danube University Krems, the majority of the university courses consist of a combination of on campus and e-learning phases in the form of blended learning. This teaching and studying format particularly benefits working adults. On campus phases usually take place over several weekends.

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PhD

PhD (modern Latin: philosophiae doctor; English: Doctor of Philosophy) is an academic title awarded on completing a doctoral program. In Austria, this is the highest achievable degree from university. The academic degrees following completion of doctoral programs are abbreviated as “Dr.” or “PhD”.

 

Since being accredited by AQ Austria in May 2015, Danube University Krems offers two PhD programs as regular studies. These support the main fields of research at Danube University Krems, namely „Regenerative Medicine” and “Migration Studies.” The PhD students are actively involved in the research teams at Danube University Krems. The PhD program lasts at least three years and no participation fees are charged. Admission to a PhD program at Danube University Krems is subject to a selection process.

In addition to two PhD programs, Danube University Krems holds various university courses: master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert and Certified Programs.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the theft of intellectual property. The University Act 2002 (§ 51 Par. 2 subparagraph 31 UA) defines plagiarism as follows: "Plagiarism is the act of using and representing another person’s texts, contents or ideas – in whole or in part - as one’s own. This specifically includes the appropriation and use of text passages, theories, hypotheses, findings or data by means of direct, paraphrased or translated copying without appropriately acknowledging or citing the source and the author. In any case, pretense of scientific or artistic achievements exists if someone uses unauthorized aids or uses another person's help in writing, taking an examination, or creating an artistic work without permission, or if data and results are invented or falsified.”

 

Danube University Krems adheres this definition of plagiarism by its policy. The obligation to scan final papers/master theses for plagiarism was enshrined in Danube University’s statues from January 2014 onwards.

Public University

Public universities, alongside universities of applied science, private universities and pedagogical higher education institutions, are one of the four post-secondary educational institutions in Austria (https://wissenschaft.bmwfw.gv.at/bmwfw/wissenschaft-hochschulen/). Public universities are open to everyone who fulfills the admission requirements.

Danube University Krems is a public university according to the “Federal Law on the University for Continuing Education Krems“ (DUK Law 2004)

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Rectorate

The Rectorate is one of the university’s highest bodies along with the University Council and the Senate. The Rectorate is the university’s face to the public. The Rectorate’s tasks, as defined in § 22 (1) of the University Act 2002 include:

  • Presenting an organization plan for adoption by the University Council
  • Formulating a draft of the service agreement
  • Nominating the heads of organizational units
  • Issuing teaching licenses
  • Student admissions
  • Ordering and publishing evaluations
  • Presenting the annual financial accounts and activity report to the Federal Minister.
Rectorate at Danube University Krems

Regular Studies

Regular studies refer to all bachelor, master‘s, diploma and doctoral programs. In Austria, admission requires evidence of general qualification for university entrance (secondary school leaving certificate and similar). All university courses are extraordinary studies according to the University Act 2002, §51(20).

 

In addition to two PhD programs, which are regular study programs, Danube University Krems holds extraordinary studies in the form of university courses with master’s degrees, as well as courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert, and Certified Programs.

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Scholarship

Scholarships are financial assistance for needy or gifted students to enable them to get an education. Scholarships are awarded to students based on social and achievement-oriented criteria.

 

At Danube University Krems, the course directors provide information about scholarships in general.

Semester

Semester refers to half a term at the university. The academic year is divided into the winter semester, the summer semester, and a recess.

 

Seminar

A seminar is a type of course in which participants interact with each other in small groups.

 

At Danube University Krems many seminars (also called “university courses“) can be booked individually and completed with or without a final examination. The participants receive a university certificate at the end. Formal admission is not required.

Senate

The Senate, next to the Rectorate and the University Council, is one of the university’s highest governing bodies. Its tasks, as defined in the University Act 2002, include:

  • Issuing curricula for programs of study
  • Defining academic degrees and titles for students completing university courses
  • Advertising vacancies for the Rector's position, and presenting a shortlist of three candidates for final selection
  • Approving the development and organization plan
  • Participating in appointment processes
  • Establishing committees for equal opportunities issues
  • Nominating a female and male member for the Arbitration Commission

The Senate’s members are university professor representatives, including the heads of organizational units with research and teaching tasks or tasks involving development and improvement of the arts and teaching of the arts that are not university professors, the groups named in the University Act 2002, general university staff and students.

 

Senate

Student ID

Every student receives a student ID or “StudentServiceCard” at the start of their course. This certifies the status as a student of a university.

 

The “StudentServiceCard“ provided by Danube University Krems entitles all students to a number of discounts at local companies, serves as a library card, gives access to the parking garage at “Campus West” and entitles students to take part in the extensive Campus Sports and Campus Culture programs. You will be issued your StudentServiceCard at the beginning of your studies at the Academic Service Center

Academic Service Center Unit

StudentServiceCard

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University Act 2002

The University Act 2002 is an Austrian federal law defining wide areas of Austrian university law.

On 1 April 2004 the “Federal Law on the University for Continuing Education Krems” (DUK Law 2004 for short, DUK stands for Danube University Krems) came into effect. The DUK Law is founded in the Austrian University Act 2002 (Sections I to V) and includes special provisions for “extraordinary courses” or “university-based continuing education” as applicable to Danube University Krems. With the publishing of the Federal Law Gazette on 12 March 2014, Danube University Krems acquired the right to award doctorates.

University Council

Alongside the Rectorate and the Senate, the University Council is one of the highest governing bodies at the university. According to the University Act 2002 it functions as a monitoring and forecasting supervisory body. The University Council is responsible, among other things, for the university’s development plan, organization plan and draft service agreements and approving the Rectorate’s rules of procedure. The University Council elects the rector from a shortlist of three candidates prepared by the Senate, and the Vice Rectors based on proposals by the Rector and the Senate’s counsel. The members of the University Council may not belong to the university, work for the university nor be employees of the federal ministry in charge of university-related matters.

University Council

University Course

University courses are classified as extraordinary studies for the purpose of further education. University courses can be concluded with a master’s degree in continuing education if the admission requirements, the scope and prerequisites are comparable with foreign master’s programs. Besides master’s programs in continuing education, university courses to become “Academically Certified Expert” or “Certified Programs” can be attended. University course attendants have student status.

 

You will find detailed information about the duration and scope of university courses offered by Danube University Krems in the respective course descriptions.

Danube University Krems holds various university courses: master’s programs, courses to qualify as Academically Certified Expert and Certified Programs. The two PhD programs are regular studies, connected to the main fields of research of Danube University Krems.


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