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International Meeting 2019

The International Meeting 2019 will take place from 14-18 October, 2019.



International Meetings... A short timeline

In the transition year 2006/2007, the further opening of the university towards other university education institutions was considered in addition to the redesign of the Bologna compliant curricula of the UCTE, which should be used for the first time in the academic year 2007/08. Because of the contacts with European education institutions - universities and schools - as well as the organizational experience, the Head of the OIA was asked to host an international meeting in January 2007. 


Based on this international meeting, where decision makers from ten European countries participated to discuss and engineer cooperation opportunities at different planned- and research projects for the new generation of programmes of the European Union 2007-2013, the International Meetings developed. 


Since 2007, these International Meetings have been held at the UCTE every year in autumn and accepted by the international partners increasingly and with pleasure. In 2008, already 30 people from 13 countries attended. In addition to the introduction and visualizing of the institutions, colleagues worked in workshops on planned project proposals with various main focuses in small groups and in personal exchange. 


In the year 2009 37 people (Erasmus-coordinators and project-partner) coming from 15 countries attended the International Meeting. UCTE students could at that time attend guest lectures offered by the international guest teachers. The International Meeting 2009 was evaluated by a Finnish student in form of a case study and this scientific work ended up as a Bachelor-Thesis. From year to year the International Meeting became more and more known and more and more teachers participated in the meeting. 


In the year 2012 not only European colleagues but already Chinese out of 55 participants came and attended the meeting, in the year 2013 colleagues from the Middle East and more than 60 people from 22 nations were welcomed. As part of the International Meetings the UCTE is presented to the international partners. The guests get information about the organization, the priorities, projects and collaborations of the UCTE. They also get information about study programmes for Incoming Students, about the care and support on-site, students can implement their school practice and how they are integrated and supported in everyday school life. There is enough time and space to get to know each other, exchange information and mutually to present one’s own institution. Under European colleagues the International Meeting is already known as THE Klagenfurt-network and may be called THE hub for education networks in the areas of Comenius, Erasmus, Grundtvig and Leonardo.       


The added value that teachers and students of the UCTE have through the holding of the International Meetings is that the courses (lectures / seminars), which are meanwhile being organized and offered by the participants, can be visited. These range from specific focuses of colleagues about the geography of a partner country up to study facilities at the institution. These interesting and very different course offerings are held either in English and/or German. The socializing part of the meeting - the guided tour through the centre of Klagenfurt and excursions to the border triangle Austria / Slovenia / Italy - round off the program of the International Meetings. (cf: Rabensteiner P.-M., Working for Europe as a Commitment - Implementation of the European Internationalization Strategy 2007 - 2013. in: Rabensteiner G., Rabensteiner P.-M., Internationalization in Teacher Education. Vol 1. Initiatives. Hohengehren 2014. Schneider Verlag (p. 50 ff) 

International Meeting 2017

The International Meeting 2017 took place between 16 and 20 October, 2017. Rectors, heads of institutes, heads of international offices and professors have experienced this experts exchange.

Gleanings - International Meeting 2016

It was a great pleasure to host international partners/colleagues/friends at the International Meeting in Klagenfurt. We sincerely thank everyone for the participation, contribution and interesting discussions.

Please find here a great TV broadcast concerning the Erasmus+ Information Day organised by the Office for International Affairs for local and international students as well as staff during the International Meeting.

It was a successful week and one can read about the detailed programme here.

Friday, 14 October, 2016

The last day of the International Meeting included a reflection and lectures by the participants.

The meeting was concluded by warm-hearted “good-byes”. The most sincere thank you from the Office for International Affairs to all participants and partners of the International Meeting 2016.

Thursday, 13 October, 2016

On that day an excursion day was offered to the International Meeting participants in the near-by town St. Veit including a comprehensive guided city tour by Ms Lisa Mitteregger, a student of the UCTE. The city tour ended in the Rathausgalerie where the Mayor Deputy and a councilman invited the guests for some snacks.

The excursion continued with a visit to the wine garden Weingut Taggenbrunn and to the wooden church of the “Holy Trinity”. The last stop was at the Cathedral of Gurk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The excursion was concluded with a delicious local lunch at Hirter Braukeller.

In the evening there was a chance to watch the Premier of “Maria Stuart” at the Klagenfurt City Theater

Wednesday, 12 October, 2016

In the morning the Erasmus+ Information Day and the Erasmus+ Fair were organised by the Office for International Affairs. The fair was followed by guest lectures for incoming students, former outgoing students and incoming staff.

Afterwards the busy morning was concluded with a delicious lunch at Restaurant Castello.

In the afternoon the participants could choose between a walking tour to a hill in the surrounding of Klagenfurt or a workshop at the Klagenfurt City Theater. In addition, Klagenfurt city tour was offered.

The evening continued with a dinner invitation by the Office for International Affairs at the Gasthaus Pirker.

Tuesday, 11 October, 2016

International Meeting participants spent the morning observing at Primary School Viktring and New Middle School Waidmannsdorf in Klagenfurt.

In the afternoon interesting lectures were presented for the International Meeting participants, UCTE students and staff

* Elfriede Steiner - “Brain-Networks“

* Walter Kopaunik - “Life / Education / Teaching”

* Peter Allmaier - “Pilgrims Paths in Carinthia”

* Jens Kessler - “Human Rights Education”

The lectures were followed by a delicious coffee break with some Carinthian treats.

Tuesday evening was spent in a warm atmosphere at the Musilmuseum Klagenfurt. The event included a wonderful lecture

* Lojze Wieser - “Europa erlesen” / “Europa erhören” / Europe… 

In addition Florentina Klampferer offered a tasty “Stories on a Plate” food presentation while Kärntner Buchhandlung presented a large variety of interesting books.

Monday, 10 October, 2016

The International Meeting 2016 was opened with a body percussion by Incoming students and a transverse flute performance. The official opening was presented by Pia-Maria Rabensteiner after which Marlies Krainz-Dürr warmly welcomed the participants.

The first morning was concluded with keynote speeches

* Stefan Zotti - “Networking in Higher Education”

* Eva Werner - “Global@home - An Integrative Approach to Internationalization“

* Silvia Riegler Bakk - “The CEEPUS-Network”

* Pia-Maria Rabensteiner - “A Success Story: Internationalization within 10 Years”

After a delicious lunch in Restaurant Castello lectures in English and German were provided by both local and international professors

* Helmut Zwander - “Ecological Nets”

Herwig Ertl - “Slow food”

Michaela Prem Tameer Spranger - “Wonder Human Being: Body, Energy and Spirit”

The first day was concluded with a warm reception at the Musilmuseum Klagenfurt. In addition to a delicious buffet various books were presented by Kärntner Buchhandlung. During the event interesting speeches were offered to the participants and students

* Alastair K Daniel - “Fairy and Folk Tales in the Classroom”

* Asbjørn Kolberg - “The Sami Culture”  

International Meeting 2015

International Meeting 2014

The International Meeting 2014 was part of the workshop 4 within the work package 4 of the Tempus-IRIS-project and should be the „best practice“. Therefore this time more colleagues from Israel attended the International Meeting which is attended form recotrs, deans, heads of departments, professors from partner-institutions.

The publication to the International Meeting 2014 reader can find here.

Abstract - International Meeting 2014

Documentation / Evaluation bei International Meeting 2014