Our university: innovative, international, people-focused
Since it opened in 1994, our university has built a reputation as one of the most innovative and international higher education institutions in Austria.
Impressive results in a range of rankings underline the high levels of satisfaction among our students from Austria and abroad: the top marks that IMC Krems receives year after year in Universum’s Talent Survey, for example.
Education with a personal touch
IMC Krems was founded as the International Management Center (IMC) in 1994 by Dr. Heinz Boyer, who is now the university’s Supervisory Board Chairman and majority owner. Eight years later, on 1 April 2002, we were awarded university of applied science status. Since then, the university has grown rapidly. IMC Krems currently offers 17 bachelor and 10 master degree programmes, as well as 3 continuing education courses – about 40 % of programmes are taught in English. Our programmes are closely linked to the university’s core focuses of business, digitalisation & engineering, health and life sciences.
The university education we provide stands out for its exceptional practical focus and emphasis on leadership and soft skills, as well as the extensive language-learning options available to students and project-based teaching in small groups. We do not think that our university should be an “educational production line”. First-hand learning experiences are fundamental to our teaching approaches.
International – and not just on paper
Our international environment defines day-to-day life at IMC Krems: we have 160+ partner universities, cooperate in many partnership programmes and have attracted students from 50 different countries. Intercultural exchange, internships abroad, participation in international research projects, and lectures from teaching staff and guest professors with extensive international experience are part and parcel of what we do. Around half of all degree programmes are taught in English – an especially attractive aspect for foreign students.
Strong partnerships for outstanding career opportunities
Establishing close ties between teaching, research and industry is a major priority, and is a crucial part of how we prepare students for the job market. 90% of all students find permanent employment within three months of graduation, thanks in no small part to the compulsory internships or research placements they have completed.
The Executive Management
Mag. Ulrike Prommer, Dr. LL.M.(Com) Udo Brändle and Prof.(FH) Dr. Karl Ennsfellner form the Executive Management team at IMC Krems. Their deputy is authorised signatory Michaela Sabathiel.
As integral part of the University Management, the Executive Management sets the university’s strategic direction. In this respect, representing the university externally, concluding strategic partnerships and maintaining links to stakeholders are core responsibilities.
Mag. Ulrike Prommer Dr. LL.M.(Com) Udo Brändle Prof.(FH) Dr. Karl Ennsfellner
The Academic Board
Rules of procedure govern the responsibilities, periods of office, rules of proxy and election procedures of the Academic Board, in accordance with the Fachhochschulgesetz (University of Applied Sciences Act).
The Academic Board is responsible for managing the university’s academic affairs.
The Academic Board is currently made up of the Academic Head and the Deputy Academic Head of the Academic Board, degree programme directors, representatives of the teaching and research staff, and students.
- Prof.(FH) Mag. Dr. Martin Waiguny was elected Academic Head
- Prof.(FH) Mag.(FH) Dr.phil. Manfred Pferzinger was elected Deputy Academic Head
At IMC Krems, it is our goal to avoid a separation of the "academic side" and the "management side".
The University Management, therefore, is composed of the Executive Management and the Academic Board. Together, the mebers of the University Management jointly develop the strategic orientation and positioning of IMC Krems.
The University Management is chaired by Ulrike Prommer. Dr. LL.M.(Com) Udo Brändle is responsible for the areas of research and innovation; Prof. (FH) Dr. Karl Ennsfellner is working hard to further advance the international orientation of IMC Krems. The Academic Head Prof. (FH) Mag. Dr. Martin Waiguny is constantly evolving the academic side of our university.
The Supervisory Board
IMC Krems is a Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (limited liability company). When we became a university of applied sciences in 2002, the managing company changed its name to IMC FH Krems GmbH. It is owned by IMC Consulting GmbH, which has a 70% stake, and the City of Krems, which holds the remaining 30%.
In July 1998 we put in place a Supervisory Board, which is elected at the annual general meeting.
The current members of the Supervisory Board are:
- Heinz Boyer, Chairman and the founder of the managing company
- Reinhard Resch, Mayor of Krems
- Michael Schwarz, solicitor
The IMC Krems team
We currently have 300 employees and our headcount is growing from month to month. Our lecturers, researchers, service department personnel and apprentices all make important contributions to the success of our university. At IMC Krems, people are at the heart of everything we do.
Our internal structures reflect the university’s strategic goals and are set out in the university’s organisational chart.