Since its establishment in Graz in 1983 World University Service (WUS) Austria has been working on the promotion of higher education in various countries all over the world. Today WUS Austria implements its activities mainly in Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, while some programs have been extended to many other countries, mainly in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. Therefore, WUS Austria has set up local offices in Belgrade, Podgorica, Prishtina and Sarajevo. Today, WUS Austria employs approximately 35 permanent staff and administers an annual budget of 3 million EUR.
WUS Austria focuses on four core areas: Higher Education Development, Linking Higher Education & Economy, Arts & Culture and Higher Education & Human Rights.
While higher education and South-Eastern Europe remain at the center of WUS Austria’s work, the organization is also looking to extend the scope and geographic focus of its services. This refers particularly to an enhanced knowledge transfer between universities, the business world and society at large, and to WUS Austria’s efforts to expand its activities to Africa, Latin America and Central Asia.
Within the scope of these projects, WUS Austria cooperates above all with the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, the Austrian Development Agency, the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research, the European Union and other (inter) national organizations, as well as with universities in South Eastern Europe, Austria and the EU.
What we believe in: Our vision is to be a competent partner for the development of higher education, which we believe is a key factor in the socio-economic and political advancement of every society.Therefore we aim at increasing the quality of higher education in accordance with European and international standards.
How we work: We ensure a high level of sustainability by applying a top-down as well as a bottom-up approach from the policy level to the individual level. We cooperate with many different partners such as higher education institutions, public institutions, companies and individual experts on a national, regional, European and international level.
The services we provide: Sustainable development of higher education goes beyond the university level. responding to this we work together with the public sector and the economy as well as with civil society.We provide:
-development of new and innovative project ideas
-professional management of projects
-fostering knowledge and technology transfer
-networking opportunities, and
-a broad range of consulting services
Most of our projects relate to supporting the higher education infrastructure in South-Eastern Europe, mainly in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro through curricula development, institutional development, development of human capacities and by establishing of a competitive Quality Assurance and Research Infrastructure. The key elements of our projects are the linking of the economy to higher education, to foster brain gain and to promote equality of gender and minority groups in society. A small selection of our projects:
- Balkan Case Challenge
- Brain Gain +
- Supporting and Developing the Structures for QA at the Private Higher Education Institutions in Kosova
-KIKT – Kosovo Interdisciplinary Knowledge Triangle Center – PhD based Education, Research and Training for Medical and Natural Sciences
-Experiencing Europe: Serbian Young Professionals in Austria – Zoran Đinđić Internship Programme
-Development of the Lifelong Learning Concept at the University of Montenegro
- COMPETENCE – Matching competences in higher education and economy: From competence catalogue to strategy and curriculum development