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Foreign Minister Schallenberg visits IMC Campus Krems

Foreign Minister Schallenberg impressed by the international orientation of IMC Krems

Since its foundation, the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems has stood for internationality and high quality education. The Federal Minister for European and International Affairs Schallenberg visited the university to convince himself of its international orientation. The Foreign Minister was accompanied by Martin Eichtinger, Lower Austria's Minister for International Relations.

Außenminister Schallenberg zu Besuch am IMC Campus Krems: Gemeinsam mit der Geschäftsführung der IMC FH Krems gratuliert er einer internationalen Studierenden zu ihrem erfolgreichen Studienabschluss. (vlnr: IMC Kollegiumsleitung Martin Waiguny, IMC Absolventin Tatia Mikeladze, IMC Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender Heinz Boyer, Außenminister Alexander Schallenberg, Landesrat Martin Eichtinger, IMC Geschäftsführerin Ulrike Prommer und IMC Geschäftsführer Karl Ennsfellner)

The Federal Minister for European and International Affairs Schallenberg visits IMC Campus Krems: Together with the management team of IMC FH Krems, he congratulates an international student on her successful graduation. (from left to right: IMC Chair of the Academic Board Martin Waiguny, IMC graduate Tatia Mikeladze, IMC Chairman of the Supervisory Board Heinz Boyer, Federal Minister for European and International Affairs Alexander Schallenberg, State Councillor Martin Eichtinger, IMC CEO Ulrike Prommer and IMC CEO Karl Ennsfellner)

Internationality is not just a catchphrase at IMC FH Krems, but a lived reality. One focus of the education is to make the students not only fit for their future professional life, but also for a professional life anywhere in the world. This is only possible because IMC Krems maintains excellent contacts with partner universities and companies all over the world.

Internationalisation and mobility are facing very special challenges in times of a worldwide pandemic. For the IMC team this has meant a multitude of new tasks in recent weeks and above all a huge flood of cases to be solved individually. All with the aim of providing our international students and worldwide partners with the best possible individual support and to live and keep internationalisation as a key strategic goal even in difficult times.

International orientation at IMC Krems

More than 40 % of the degree programmes are offered in English. This also explains the high proportion of international students of 20%. Even though the majority of international students come from Europe, people from more than 60 countries around the world study at IMC Krems.

Teaching at the university of applied sciences is also international: every fifth lecturer has an international background. Students have the opportunity to gain additional international experience through the optional exchange semester and an internship semester abroad. This offer is well received: Currently the mobility rate among students is 74%.

The Federal Minister for European and International Affairs was impressed by the international offer of IMC Krems and assured with regard to possible travel restrictions of third-country students in the coming months due to Covid-19: "Please consider the Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs and the worldwide embassies as partners who will try to provide the best possible information and support in this matter."

Study programmes at numerous partner universities

Unique for Austria is the focus on transnational study programmes - in other words, study programmes developed and accredited by IMC Krems and offered at partner universities abroad.

"With our transnational programmes we offer students the opportunity to complete an internationally oriented course of study in their home country and to obtain the Austrian academic degree", says CEO Karl Ennsfellner, who is convinced of the model.

Currently, IMC Krems offers 12 such study programmes at universities in Vietnam, Latvia, Azerbaijan, China, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. In addition, promising talks are already being held with universities in Egypt. With almost 500 students and more than 850 graduates, one can speak of a very successful concept.