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CARe country guides, developed from May to October 2020, contain systematised relevant information on the national labour markets in the 10 project countries, with the aim of supporting researchers at risk/with refugee background in finding support, job and training opportunities in their host countries.
In the development and revision of the country guides, the CARe consortium is receiving invaluable help by the selected group of national experts coming from relevant national institutions and CARe focus groups.
Higher education in Austria takes place in public and private universities, „Fachhochschulen“ (colleges) and Akademien.
Most universities are public institutions funded by the state. They are fully autonomous in handling their internal affairs and formulating their statutes. The 2002 Universities Act introduced the so-called 'full legal capacity' and substituted the budget law of the federal authorities with elements of commercial law, putting the premises for the creation of 'university enterprises' which are in a position to access new funding sources in addition to the federal budget.
The accreditations are issued by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation and the highest state institution for higher education is the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research.
Higher education institutions in Austria by type:
For more information please visit Study in Austria.
The academic career path in Austria has four levels:
There are other, non-tenured positions at Austrian universities:
As the career in Austrian higher education is not a tenure track, there is no guarantee of automatically becoming a professor since the number of available professorships is rather limited. Once nominated full professor, he or she has to undergo an assessment after three to six years. Habilitation still exists, but is not a mandatory requirement to become a professor. Contracts at private universities are not standard like in public universities and evaluation is necessary for career advancement.
Openness to non-nationals: Positions are advertised internationally, but language could be a barrier to access. In some fields English is increasingly used in teaching and research, especially in economics. German is usually not required at the time of application, however, the university expects academic, teaching-level proficiency in a limited amount of time.
For more information please visit European University Institute.
Proposals by researchers from the CARe Focus Group Austria - What is needed?
Full reports on the CARe Focus Groups and Employer Survey are available here.
To raise factual inaccuracies or to provide us with updated information and feedback on the guide, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org