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University Open House attracts many Visitors
To commemorate its 20th Anniversary, Danube University Krems invited the Public to take part in many Festivities – and some interesting “hands on” Experiences
02.10.2015
More than 1,000 visitors from Krems and surroundings came to the University’s Open House on Friday, October 2. They followed an invitation by Danube University Krems to celebrate 20 years of continuing education. The visitors were treated to an entertaining and informative afternoon: “hands on” research stations, ORF NÖ Radio 4/4 live, a scientific discussion with cabaret artist Ciro De Luca, Campus tours through the history of the site, and many other highlights.
Friedrich Faulhammer and Reinhard Resch
Photo: Walter Skokanitsch ZOOM

In his welcome speech, Friedrich Faulhammer, Rector of Danube University Krems, expressed his delight at the public’s enthusiastic interest in science and research. As a University of continuing education with an international focus, the Danube University Krems provides an opportunity for people to acquire new knowledge, thereby expanding their personal and professional horizons. We would like to share this view “beyond the horizon” with the citizens of the City of Krems and the entire region, said Faulhammer. Thereby, added Faulhammer, the Rector of Danube University Krems, increasing the standing of science and research.

From Augmented Reality to Zorbing
Many program highlights opened up new horizons: the view of the Campus from the Campus elevator; climbing transparent, inflatable globes; reversing the horizon with Zorbing; re-living work in the former tobacco factory – today a part of Danube University Krems – by means of augmented reality on the tablet; putting your soccer skills to the test at the giant soccer table.

 

Scientific discussion with Ciro De Luca
The cabaret artist and actor Ciro De Luca hosted an entertaining scientific discussion with professors at Danube University Krems, Gottfried Haber, Christian Hanus, Monika Kil and Stefan Nehrer, on hot topics ranging from study techniques through to regenerative medicine.

 

Living Library: Knowledge with Impact
Why do we always vote for the wrong people? This question was answered by political scientist Prof. Peter Filzmaier from Danube University Krems, in his role as a living book. Visitors were able to “borrow” him and other professors such as Thomas Ratka, Viktoria Weber, Silke Gahleitner, Barbara Brenner, Gerald Steiner and Peter Parycek from the Living Library, and engage in personal conversation with them about exciting scientific topics.

 

Live Radio NÖ 4/4 broadcasting and balloon flash mob
On the ORF Radio NÖ stage, Inge Winder hosted interviews with celebrity guests, backed up by live music from the band Federspiel and the New Orleans Dixieland Band. Additional musical accompaniment was provided by the Campus choir ‘CHORyphäen’ who popped up unexpectedly here and there, to thrill listeners with their vocal performance.

 

A balloon flash mob rounded off the Open House at the University. The visitors had the opportunity to send their personal anniversary wishes to the skies.

 

20 years on the pulse of time
With 20 years of experience, Danube University Krems is among the European pioneers in continuing academic education and specialists in lifelong learning. Today, it boasts more than 8,500 students and 18,000 graduates from 90 countries, and a staff of 550. As the only German-speaking public university of continuing education in Europe, it counts as one of the most important educational and research institutions.

 

Information about 20 years Danube University Krems: www.donau-uni.ac.at/20jahre

 

Photo gallery of the University Open House Day

Photos: Walter Skokanitsch, Andrea Reischer, Danube University Krems