IMC Krems – a university for young and old
Our university is committed to sharing scientific findings with the public, and has opened its doors to students of all ages.
A responsible university
Introducing young people to science and research from an early age and providing lifelong access to higher education are important socio-political aspects of our mission as a university. In 2006 we launched Lower Austria’s first university for children and young people.
We have also regularly opened our doors to retirees since 2012, when our SeniorInnenUNI education programme got under way. 2017 saw the first Youth Day, which took place during Youth Uni week.
Collaboration with the Province of Lower Austria, partners and schools
And that is not all: other activities connected with communicating science to the public have included initiatives and events.
Some examples: Science Class, the Science Fair, summer Talent Internships, the Junior Life Science Meeting, the Long Night of Science and Research, the Lower Austria Research Festival, Enjoy Science, Science Market, the Studieren probieren university taster day, Science Training, as well as collaboration with schools to organise research days at IMC Krems. In 2017 we also submitted a proposal for the Sparkling Science project.
A point of contact for various events
With such a wide range of projects being organised, IMC Krems has established a unit responsible specifically for coordinating activities aimed at young people of pre-university age.
IMC Youth University Krems
At our Youth University, children aged between 10 and 13 can immerse themselves in the fascinating world of science and research for a week. The event is conducted in German.
The youngsters attend lectures and workshops focusing on a variety of subjects. The young IMC Krems students have the opportunity to ask questions about things they’ve always wanted to know.
LAUGH + LEARN every day = the YOUTH UNI way
The Youth University kicks off on Monday with three lectures, which all the kids attend. Then on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, they choose from one of three lectures on a topic connected to the theme of the day.
The youngsters also select which afternoon workshops to attend themselves – and there’s something for everyone on the timetable! The lectures and workshops are planned by IMC Krems lecturers, as well as experts and the university’s cooperation partners.
How it works
If you would like your child to participate in the IMC Youth University Krems, they have to register – just like at a real university. There’s also a curriculum containing the programme of lectures and workshops, and a graduation ceremony.
But the kids won’t have to sit any exams, since our slogan is: LAUGH + LEARN every day = the YOUTH UNI way.
IMC Youth University Krems: a great concept
The Youth University comprises a balanced mix of lectures, workshops and the international day.
" Young people are our future. As a university, it’s very important that we bring subjects to life for them, and shape the future for – and together with – the next generation. "
Ulrike Prommer, IMC Krems CEO
FIT4YOUniversity by IMC Krems
FIT4YOUniversity is for 14-19 year-olds and gives young people who can no longer attend Youth University the opportunity to spend a week at IMC Krems and get a feel for the exciting world of science and research. The event is conducted in German.
Participants can choose the workshops in which they would like to immerse themselves. At lunchtime they can eat in the cafeteria along with their fellow students.
The IMC Krems SeniorInnenUNI
Would you like to:
- learn about areas of voluntary work which you may be suited to?
- apply your know-how in the course of your voluntary activities?
- set yourself new goals for your retirement?
Then the SeniorInnenUNI at IMC Krems is tailor-made for you – our continuing education programme for retirees, or people whose children have left home.
You will take eight modules over four semesters. The focus is on developing skills and know-how required to participate in voluntary activities, for example in the social or healthcare sectors, at local authorities, neighbourhood organisations or societies and charities, for specific initiatives or for projects which you have set up yourself.
" The SeniorInnenUNI is a project that has always been close to my heart. In future, Lower Austrian senior citizens should continue to have the opportunity to enhance their skills and know-how at IMC Krems during their retirement. As multipliers, they can actively pass on their knowledge, as well as putting it to good use. "
Heinz Boyer, IMC Krems Supervisory Board Chairman