New perspectives on teaching and research
Developing and implementing innovative and sustainable solutions, as well as training and education programmes that generate value regionally, nationally and globally are integral parts of our mission.
We take this educational mandate extremely seriously. The interdisciplinary topic of sustainability is firmly anchored in our teaching and research activities. In view of the university’s international outlook, we also focus on the subject of mobility in order to identify new approaches and reduce the footprint of our employees, lecturers and students in this regard.
Research fosters innovation, excellent teaching fosters know-how
We aim to promote innovation coupled with sustainable solutions through our research. In the process, we are committed to sharing our research findings with businesses and society, with a view to creating added value and highlighting new solutions.
As far as teaching goes, examining the opportunities and challenges associated with sustainable operations is an integral part of many courses. The significance attached to sustainability in our degree programmes enables us to enhance our expertise in this area and in connection with corporate social responsibility (CSR). Our highly skilled graduates are ideally placed to become employees who can critically analyse circumstances within companies and organisations with a view to devising solutions, and identify new, sustainable approaches.
International outlook – an opportunity and a challenge
Our international focus is one of the factors that sets our university apart. And it’s something we are particularly proud of – after all, students from more than 50 countries are enrolled at IMC Krems. We also offer students the chance to broaden their horizons during exchange and internship semesters.
This generates opportunities for our students as well as for society. But we are also well aware of the challenges this brings, primarily in relation to mobility, and we are constantly on the lookout for ways to minimise our footprint in this area.
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.
Sustainability in teaching
The question of how to shape a liveable future is regularly discussed with students, and is an integral part of curriculums and lectures. In this regard, alignment with the SDGs as a policy framework, which in turn promotes sustainable development, is a central consideration.
A dedicated master degree programme, Environmental and Sustainability Management, has been introduced, and in the past five years the topic of sustainability has been integrated into all accredited or revised degree programmes in the Department of Business.
Let us introduce you to some examples of degree programmes with a focus on sustainability.
"Ethics, Sustainability and Leadership" Business Base Course
Business base courses were implemented in the process of redesigning the degree programmes. The emphasis is on providing fundamental business and academic content in our bachelor programmes, which will be standardised in terms of content, scope and learning outcomes.
Students who take the Sustainability and Ethics in Leadership base course analyse the history and basic principles behind the concept of sustainable development, as well as current social, environmental and economic trends. They also look at aspects of business ethics and how they are applied in companies, as well as reflecting on their future roles as leaders against the backdrop of social challenges.
"Environmental and sustainability management" master degree programme
Sustainable development and corporate social responsibility have increasingly become the focus of public debate in recent years. This prompted our university of applied sciences to develop the Environmental and Sustainability Management master programme in 2011, as well as driving forward the development of a more professional approach to education in this subject.
The objective of the programme is to help students develop the expertise and methods-based skills required to support companies and organisations in the implementation of measures and strategies aimed at enhancing ecological and social sustainability, with a view to fostering a sense of corporate social responsibility.
"Occupational therapy" bachelor degree programme
The Sustainable Development Goals are an integral, practice-related element of the courses and workshops on the curriculum of the Occupational Therapy bachelor degree programme.
Theories and concepts of community-based rehabilitation, which also includes local social and healthcare needs, play a central role in this regard. Students analyse the planning, development and implementation of healthcare programmes within community-based rehabilitation initiatives, taking the SDGs into account in the process.
"Management" master degree programme
The Management master degree programme is aimed at prospective students who plan to assume managerial responsibilities at a company or other organisation in the course of their career.
The distinctive features of the programme are a focus on successful long-term management, and the inclusion of considerations connected with social responsibility and sustainable development in all core subjects on the curriculum. By taking these steps, the university aims to play a part in ensuring that sustainability is perceived as an interdisciplinary topic.
Positive Impact Rating
The Positive Impact Rating (PIR) initiative is all about enabling business schools to make the greatest possible contribution for the good of the planet, instead of simply concentrating on gaining a place in rankings of the top business schools worldwide.
In order to ensure that they continue to be perceived as productive members of society in this age of major social challenges and increasing conflict, business schools are having to adapt the focuses of their teaching, research and services. This also entails adjusting their structures, their self-perception and their culture.
The PIR is an assessment produced by students for students, with the aim of supporting this realignment. IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems will take part in the ranking for the first time in 2021 and will use the results to make concrete improvements in the university’s sustainability-related performance.
Sustainable and interdisciplinary
Our research is geared towards developing solutions with strong academic foundations for businesses and organisations.
The varied research focuses and projects of the departments of Business, Health and Life Sciences contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. In order to highlight these contributions more clearly, we are currently working on a methodology designed to provide a structured, transparent evaluation of how research contributes to achieving the SDGs.
The diverse nature of our research projects ensures interdisciplinary research activities covering a wide range of topics. These projects and the findings generated deliver economic, medical, pharmaceutical, technological and social benefits.
Let us introduce you to some of our research projects with a focus on sustainability.
Environmental impacts related to mobility
Travel by students, employees and teaching staff which is induced by teaching and research activities creates environmental impacts such as emissions, noise and land use. Due to our university’s international outlook, employee travel related to international activities is also relevant.
Appropriate processes have been put in place to ensure efficient travel schedules and support the switch to alternative, more eco-friendly forms of transport. In addition, there is an emphasis on increased use of digital communication, which has been accelerated and intensified due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Erasmus and other mobility programmes
We are an Erasmus network partner and was awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) for 2014-2020. This means that the university is committed to observing the requirements of the European Commission and promoting the European and international dimension of education.
We offer students various options for completing an exchange semester in Europe, as well as a range of possibilities for gaining academic experience outside Europe. At present, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems has a network of more than 150 partner universities spread across six continents.