Vienna, May 14, 2019 — Bürgermeister Michael Ludwig has signed a cooperation agreement with the city's universities, colleges and technical schools to ensure the long-term success of Vienna’s educational institutions and help Vienna retain great minds. President and Rector Michael Ignatieff signed on behalf of Central European University.
With more than 200,000 students and 45,000 researchers, Vienna is the largest university city in Central Europe and in the German-speaking world.
"We are proud of our knowledge base, with the nine universities, five private universities and five universities of applied sciences," said Mayor Michael Ludwig. "The agreement will benefit both the city, from the knowledge of the universities, and the universities, from the support and the framework that the city offers them."
The mayor was particularly pleased that Central European University is to open a new campus in his city, as this shows Vienna as a “cosmopolitan city that has an interest in discourse and exchange of ideas," said Ludwig.
"Vienna benefits from the smart minds at its universities. The universities in turn benefit from Vienna's excellent reputation as a city with the highest quality of life in the world. This reputation is often the reason why these smart people come to Vienna," added Heinz W. Engl, Rector of the University of Vienna.
In the agreement, the universities and Vienna agree to a lively exchange that makes better use of universities’ expertise possible, for example contributing to the development of the city through dialogue events, symposia, workshops and presentations. In return, the universities benefit from the infrastructure of the most livable city in the world. Vienna also provides its expertise to universities through several initiatives like the Vienna Science, Research and Technology Fund (WWTF) and the Vienna Business Agency. The attractiveness of Vienna and its educational institutions for international students will be safeguarded for the future.
The long-term goal of the agreement is to expand Vienna's position as a leading European research and innovation metropolis.