A sustainable organisation
Sustainable operations call for a senior management team with an unswerving commitment to sustainability. Our Managing Team is fully aware of this, and has taken steps to ensure that the topic of sustainability is embedded in the university’s strategy and values. We promote a corporate culture in which sustainable approaches are a leading priority.
This section of our website covers all aspects related to sustainable management of the university – from internal decision-making structures geared towards environmental and social factors to the economic value we generate as a university. It also presents our membership of networks focused on sustainable operations and our efforts to communicate science to the public.
Driving sustainable development together
As a member of numerous national and global networks, IMC Krems is committed to driving forward sustainable development, both at the university itself as well as throughout society.
Providing knowledge to society and creating added value
Alongside our commitment to implementing sustainable structures for our core teaching and research competences, and for the higher education services we provide, another key focus is communicating science to the public, with an emphasis on lifelong learning.
Tip: check our Sustainability Report for further details
This section of our website is designed to give you an overview of our objectives for sustainable operations, and to outline the measures currently in place. You can find a detailed description as well as further indicators in our Sustainability Report, which will be published every two years from now on.
Financial stability provides the foundations for our activities and has direct impacts on the organisational set-up.
Public-sector funding accounts for two-thirds of IMC Krems’ budget. Subsidies for each degree programme are assured by contracts with the federal government and the State of Lower Austria.
Tuition fees paid by students make up approximately 7% of total revenue. The proportion contributed by project revenue including research and development income is around 22%.
Trustworthy relationship with the IMC community
In our business dealings, we put an emphasis on our core values of fairness, commitment, mutual trust and a sense of responsibility, as well as embracing diversity and supporting personal advancement, in line with our vision and mission. This is facilitated by maintaining our legal and financial independence. It is reflected in our sustainable thinking and actions and in the our recognition of our responsibilities towards the business, the IMC team and students, as well as the society in which we operate.
Our Managing Team – comprised of the Executive Management and the Academic Board – is our highest governing body with regard to decision making on economic, environmental and social matters.
Our success is based on the trust that students, the IMC team, business partners and funding bodies place in our university. Compliance with legal and internal guidelines is essential for maintaining this trust, and in turn for the success and stability of the organisation.
Value creation vis-à-vis partners
Our organisational structure creates the necessary framework by promoting an open culture characterised by trust and mutual respect. In the interest of safeguarding sustainability, we take action to satisfy our stakeholders in all aspects of our educational, research and other activities.
Sustainability Day at IMC Krems
The university has held its regular Sustainability Day since 2016 – the event is all about social responsibility and sustainable development.
The day is organised entirely by students and is aimed at all university employees, teaching staff and students, as well as members of the local community. The goal is to build bridges between different disciplines, increase awareness of sustainability-related issues, and ultimately encourage participants to think and act more sustainably.