Education in Austria
An interesting bit about etiquette in Austria from AboutAustria.org MORE.
Austrian dos and don'ts
There are many clichés about Austrians, some contradictory: they are
laid back ('gemuetlich') and a bit grumpy at the same time. As a rule,
people will tell you when you transgress: So if you cross the street, when
the traffic light is red, people who disapprove will make sure you notice.
Generally, Austrians are approachable and glad to help.
Formal vs. informal pronoun ('du' and 'Sie'). Use formal pronoun
when talking to people older than you. At universities however, 'du'
is fairly frequent even with teaching staff. Watch German students.
Title and last name: Title is important, though in business
communication rather than in private meetings
Shaking hands is the established form of greeting. Take the other
hand out of your pockets and look into the person's eyes
Say 'hello', 'Guten Tag' ('Good Day') or 'Grüß Gott' (typical
Austrian greeting) when you enter a (small) shop
Punctuality: This cliché is true, try to be punctual or
apologise if not - though some people believe in being a tad late
(max. 5-10 minutes depending on meeting point) for dinner invitations
and they are considered to be social outlaws
Dinner-invitations: be punctual and bring a small gift
(flowers or a bottle of wine) when dining at somebody's place
Table manners: Say 'Mahlzeit' or 'Guten Appetit' before
eating. Keep your hands but not your elbows on top of the table.
In restaurants and bars tip is not included in the bill. Staff
will expect about 10%
Generally, people will understand if you blunder. Don't worry,
they have been abroad themselves.
However, if you are in Austria to do business it might pay to do some
The Official Web Site of the Austrian National Tourist Office.
Austria Culture Net
presented by the Austrian Cultural Institute (ACI) New York.
The unofficial interface to Austria ;-)
vienna is different - Insider Info
Best of vienna.
Official site of the Vienna tourism association, with comprehensive information
Secondary schools in
Austria, Germany, and Switzerland
- German schools online. Find schools in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Munich, and
other German cities (Schulweb).
International Schools - Select "Germany" in the pull-down
menu to search for schools in Germany. You can also search by city.
For more sites related to learning the German language, see our Travel
page and the German
Language site at About.com
American and Canadian Schools in
Colleges and Universities in
Austria, Germany, and Switzerland
Most of these
sites offer English versions, sometimes by clicking on a British flag.
Nationes in Bonn isn't a university, but it is an excellent resource
for anyone interested in the German language and culture.
(Bildung) list of university Web sites by field of study or location is very
of Alberta's Web links to universities and institutes in Austria,
Germany, and Switzerland.
Information and forums for German students and parents. Berlin, Frankfurt,
Colleges / Universities /
Some of these sites are also in English.
University Student Newspapers in
- Good design. Too bad it's now defunct, but see the archives.
- Also in English!
Wien (Vienna): Die
Universität - Also in English and Spanish.
North American schools with
The German department at these schools and universities has a Web presence --
with links to German-related Web resources, often including The
German Way and More. If you would like to ADD
YOUR SCHOOL to this list, please send the URL, school name and
location to Hyde
German-language student magazines
- "Seit 1904 der Blick nach drüben" - Not really a
"student" magazine but listed due to its German-American
orientation. Request a free sample issue.
on education in Austria online.
- A New Initiative in the Virtual School
The designers and tutors of Kindernet (http://www.kindernet.at) andwant to
create curiosity and furthermore understanding for art and other cultures
and ways of thinking. It is the goal to promote the interest in and
openness for a discussion about current cultural issues.
Our projects are created in close cooperation with scientists and artists
from universities, museums and more and are recommended by the Ministry of
Education, Science and Culture.
Kindernet mainly addresses elementary kids and cooperates with all virtual
schools, educations partners and non-profit organisation in the federal
states of Austria. We offer educational games ("fun with
animals") and are developing a search engine and an editorial office
Kids starting from the age of 10, teenager and people with young minds are
the target group. Smart-art (http://www.smart-art.at) and i-books can be
found in this area.
Smart-art publishes school projects that have the aim to enable the
contact and interaction with foreign cultures as well as minorities and
socially disadvantaged groups in their individualism and diversity in the
form of virtual exhibitions in cooperation with the öks (Österreichischer
KulturService) i-books are related to current exhibitions, accompany and
supplement them. The curiosity to visit these exhibitions is provoked,
visitors have the chance to deepen their knowledge and offer international
users access to this information.
Further services are planned.
Contact: Elisabeth Zistler
The objective of Museum Online is it to enable pupils and teachers -
within the scope of project instruction - to engage in intensive analysis
of regional, national and international art and culture; participants are
furthermore enabled to get involved in thorough investigations concerning
world cultural heritage (UNESCO) as well as the dealing with information
and communication technologies (IKT). Therefore Museum Online consciously
pursues an interdisciplinary approach. Pupils and teachers in cooperation
with qualified representatives of museums, artistic, and cultural
institutions gather and compile adequate contents, which are to be
presented multilingually in the Internet. The dealing with questions of
diverse aspects, such as technical innovative, art-historical or
museum-oriented matters, is being demanded.
More than 280 projects are online in different languages, made by
different type of schools and under participation of Countries from
Eastern Countries and other neighbour countries.
Web: EZ, Date: January
Project for Schools in Austria
experience about use of notebooks for didactic reasons is to be gained
with an Austrian model experiment (trial run), starting with the
schoolyear 2000-01. Nationwide about 40 schools are taking part in this
project, in which schools will be equipped with notebook-PCs. Therefore
and for comparative reasons suppliers of notebooks were asked to submit
their offers concerning notebook-PCs, their prices and/or leasing
conditions. After the purchase of the notebooks by the parents, they
become personal property of the pupils - financial assistance (where
required) can be granted by supportiv parents councils. A crucial aspect
of such an experiment is extensive subject-related use of these tools.
Depending on their educational objectives - related to specific type of
school, curriculum and day to day educational usage - the respective
schools deliver a didactic concept concerning the use of notebooks.
Depending on the number of classes equipped with notebooks each school is
granted 6000 - 10.000,- ? for the extension of their technical
infrastructure. Parallel to this project further research will be
conducted by the university.
filtering in the Tyrolean School Network
In 1999, the Tyrolean government selected Daten Verarbeitung Tirol Ltd (DVT)
to implement the integration of schools and authorities into a
country-wide network. Regarding schools, within two years about 300
schools were connected by permanent wiede-band lines, creating the
Tyrolean school network (TSN). Even schools run by the federal government
switched from the Austrian to the local Tyrolean network. This will lead
to a single education network based on TSN. It is anticipated that until
mid-2001, 350 schools or about 50% of all Tyrolean schools will
participate in TSN. Primary schools, poly technical schools, which is the
9th grade before joining vocational training, and some specialised schools
shall join the TSN until 2002.
TSN is connecting schools by permanent lines to a single hub located in
Innsbruck, bandwidth is sufficient or more than that. The services offered
include e-mail services for all pupils and teachers, web services for
schools, specific educational projects, connecting pedagogic institutions
and serveral organisations related to education . The hub serves as
gateway to the Austrian Academie backbone (Aconet), thus providing
Internet Access. Access is supplied via Proxy servers and firewalls to
prevent unauthorised acceess and to block harmful and illegal content
Harmful and illegal content is filtered via the standard proxy server. Up
from the start of the services, a second proxy is offered to schools
without any filtering. The decision how to connect is up to schools,
selecting on the two ports on a local proxy set up within each school. The
filtering software is Smart Filter, a contract is set up for this brand
for two years at the moment.
Performance could be a problem regarding the number of open connections.
DVT is encountering this by powerful server hardware (IBM RS6000) running
The idea behind this set up was a central technical solution to reduce
cost of hard- and software and the required amount of permanent service
for a single school. Maintenance of the configuration is done once a week
without any request necessary by an individual school. The standard filter
may be amended manually. Administrators have quite some rang of
configuring the software according to actual (and varying) requirements.
Possible drawbacks - as with any filtering software - are a time delay
until recently occurring unwanted content is blocked, and anyone is aware
that software filtering will never provide a 100%-solution. For DVT, a
technical problem remains enforcing a daily restart during night time
which is run automatically.
The reception by
It is up to the schools to decide if the common filter is used, if an
individual filter set up is implemented or if the "open
access"-proxy is selected. All possibilities are in use actually, and
schools may switch. Probably this is the reason why no criticism occurrend
so far and no individual handling problems are reported. Obviously, each
school is defining its need based on specific situation, local know-how
and a broad understanding of the limitations mentioned above. It should be
stated that only standard Internet contend is filtered, leaving e-mail
Austria 2001: Austria‘s most creative youngsters award
Austria’s most outstanding youth-projects on the net were
presented at the Netd@ys
Winners Show in Salzburg on the 23 rd of November 2001. More than
200 youths from all
over Austria joined in the celebrations.
Netd@ys Europe 2001 is an initiative of the European Commission to
promote the educational use of new media in the areas of youth and
culture. In so doing, it also provides an open platform for the
development of educational as well as cultural exchange amongst
the youth of Europe.
More than 80 projects were submitted in the Netd@ys Austria 2001.
The TOP 15 projects as selected from a jury of expert,
were awarded with a total of ATS 250,000.- ( G 18,868.21) at the
Netd@ys Winners Show in Salzburg on November 23.
The Winners of the three categories are:
1 st Place:
Chess online http://home.eduhi.at/teacher/Wuerthinger/schach/
Homepage for the advancement of chess and mnemonic abilities
shows interactive and playful e-learning;
B(R)G-Ried im Innkreis.
Netz-kunst-werk-statt is an online-museum of and for young
people. Young and unknown artists are invited
to present their work on a world-wide level; HTBLA Klagenfurt Mössingerstrasse.
What is all this good for? http://www.was-soll-die-scheisse.org
Quite a lot doesn’t go according to plan in today’s
information society. Christopher Tafeit and Helmut
Staubmann from Styria created a forum, which draws the attention
to abatable nuisances.
about Images http://dmt.fh-joanneum.at/~niessn/proj/index.html
The students of the University of Applied Sciences (FH) Joanneum
developed a complete learning-software
This platform serves complete, fast and competent information
around youth-relevant issues.
Street Kids – Child Labour http://www.kindernet.at/smart-art/projekte/strassenkinder.htm
A dedicated project concerning the employment of children and
street kids by pupils aged 10 to 18 of
the GRG 21 Vienna.
The motto of the week from November 19 to 25 was "Youth on
the Net". Numerous online related youth-projects were
presented across Europe during the Netd@ys-Week. The Austrian
project-teams organised presentations, discussions, workshops and
other dissemination activities to promote the awareness of their
Netd@ys Austria was organised by the Ministry for Education,
Science and Culture in co-operation with the Ministry for social
Security and Generations. The Austrian contest was organised by
Salzburg Research and sponsored by Jet2Web.
Netd@ys Europe online: http://www.netdays2001.org
Netd@ys Austria incl. all Austrian projects: http://www.netdays.at
Press files incl. Netd@ys-Rap © by Schoko & Moving
Shadows/Salzburg and printable photographs of the Netd@ys Winners
Show (available from November 26) can be found online: http://www.netdays.at/presse.html
For further Information please contact:
Andreas Gruber and Julia Eder
Netd@ys Austria 2001
Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
Jakob-Haringer-Straße 5/III, A-5020 Salzburg
T +43.662.2288.244, F +43.662.2288.222
ECDL-education for teachers and trainers at the Ski Commercial School in
To teach and to
learn with the use of the new media of information and communication
technologies is becoming more and more important in educational
institutions. However a successful use of these new technologies requires
a sound knowledge and experience with the computer on the teacher's side.
Therefore the Ski Commercial School of Schladming offers to all teachers
and trainers of this institution the opportunity to pass the European
Computer Driver's License (ECDL) during the school year of 2000-2001.
Within one year all teachers will gain a sound education in the areas of
the internet, of integrated office-software and operating systems.
is handled as a web-based distance-learning project. Teacher and ECDL-students
mainly meet online, through the virtual ECDL-classroom of the Ski
Commercial School Schladming. In this classroom learning programs and
exercises will be worked through. Additionally to these virtual meetings
some real-life meetings will also occur. All participants will be able to
experience virtual learning on a personal level. For Schladming this
aspect is especially interesting as already now distance-learning is a
reality, even though still handled in a conventional manner during the
training and races-period of the winter semester.
The project started
in mid-September 2000 with the introductory chapters of presentation
software and the internet. Many colleagues who so far have not worked with
computer-supported presentations are excited and have tons of ideas as to
how they can integrate their newly gained knowledge in their lessons. The
project seems very promising and we hope to be able to pass the first
part-exams still during the month of October.
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