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Danube University Krems honors outstanding achievement
Honorary professorships awarded to outstanding teachers and researchers
On 8 September 2016, Danube University Krems awarded honorary professorships to four people for their outstanding merit and service to the University of Continuing Education. In his welcome speech, Friedrich Faulhammer, Rector of Danube University Krems, described the awards as a visible sign of outstanding achievements in teaching and research and the strong commitment to the University.

The following four people were awarded honorary professorships at Danube University Krems for their significant academic and scientific achievements as teachers and researchers:


Dr. phil. Jürg Goll, head of archaeological research and site manager of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kloster Müstair, Switzerland, and Director of the brickworks museum in Cham, Switzerland, since 1987. Goll is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of building research and building documentation, specializing in medieval and modern monuments. Goll studied art history and medieval archaeology at the University of Zurich (where he also taught for many years,) ETH Zurich, and Innsbruck University. Goll has been teaching and researching at the Department for Building and Environment at Danube University Krems since 2008, infusing his innovative energy and huge wealth of experience in the field of World Heritage – also at the practical level - into his teaching. As a result, students completing his teaching and research courses have published master theses on these subjects.


Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in Monika Petermandl currently heads the ombudsman’s office for students at the Chamber of Commerce’s University of Applied Sciences, Vienna. Petermandl, who studied political economics and business administration in Frankfurt/Main and Vienna, has been scientific program director at Danube University Krems since 2005, responsible for the university courses Education and Career Guidance as well as Professional Teaching and Training. She received the state prize for Adult Education and in 1988 was awarded the honorary title “Full Professor” by the Austrian President. Petermandl is currently involved in pioneering teaching and research on the topic of European educational and career guidance standardization at the Department for Continuing Education Research and Education Management.


Prof. Dr. Rolf Schulmeister was professor at the Center for Higher and Continuing Education (ZHW,) Faculty of Pedagogy, Psychology and Human Kinetics, University of Hamburg, which he founded in 1971 as an interdisciplinary center for university didactics (IZHD.) Originally a literature and linguistics scholar, Rolf Schulmeister began to specialize in study techniques (and particularly media-assisted methods) early on. He is one of the pioneers of university didactics and e-learning, and writes about his research in sign language, university didactics and e-learning in specialist publications widely received by the educational sciences world. At Danube University Krems, Schulmeister develops curricula and taught the university course eEducation for the Department for Interactive Media and Educational Technology. Schulmeister is renowned for his empirical research into media trends and refuted amongst other things the “digital natives” theory.


Prof. Jeffrey Shaw, one of the most internationally renowned contemporary media artists, is Chair Professor of Media Art at the School of Creative Media, City University, Hong Kong, which he established as Dean. Since 2009, Shaw has been working closely together with the Department for Image Science at Danube University Krems as an artist, scientist and curator. He also teaches and researches immersive visualization environments and develops innovative archives in the Digital Humanities. With these efforts he succeeded in acquiring the Erasmus Mundus Master program MediaArtCultures, and with it EU funding worth €1.8 million. Until 2003 Shaw was founding director of the Institute for Visual Media at the Center for Art and Media Technology, Karlsruhe. Afterwards he founded and headed the iCinema Research Center at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Mag. Stefan Sagl
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Danube University Krems
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