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Danube University Krems Awards University Management Prize
First university management prize awarded to the University of Vienna and the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
16.10.2006
Krems (kpr). Danube University Krems has for the first time awarded a prize for innovative concepts and achievements in the field of university management. The winning project was the reorganization of the Department of Psychology at the University of Vienna; second prize went to the “Knowledge Balance Sheet” project team at the Universität für Bodenkultur (BOKU) (the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna).
As their autonomy increases, universities in the German-speaking countries face a new challenge: the traditional system of administration is in need of conversion to a modern university management system. In order to promote the development of this new field and to shine a spotlight on the achievements of committed employees, Danube University Krems offered a university management prize this year for the first time. Projects were judged primarily in terms of their level of innovation, their sustainability and their benefits to the university. Dr. Ada Pellert, vice chancellor and head of the Department for Continuing Education Research and Educational Management at the Danube University Krems, emphasized that, “the Austrian and German university projects that were submitted were all of very high quality.” The best projects were selected by an international jury of experts and rewarded with grants worth a total of 13,600 euros.

Jury finds the University of Vienna’s “professional change management” compelling
The first prize of 9,900 euros went to the Department for Psychology team at the University of Vienna. Working with the team, first dean Dr. Christiane Spiel, vice deans Dr. Erich Kirchler and Dr. Alfred Schabmann, and director of the dean’s office Christian Böck had restructured the department in accordance with the Universitätsgesetz (University Organization and Studies Act) of 2002. The international jury of experts was impressed by the professional approach the project team took despite a lack of adequate resources. The well-structured information on goals, strategies and measures for structuring the department, the professional change management, and the efficient structural and workflow organization were deciding factors in the exceptionally positive assessment of the project.

BOKU presents outstanding “knowledge balance sheet”
The “Knowledge Balance Sheet” project team at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (“BOKU”) received the second prize of 3,700 euros. The project team working with the vice dean for research, Dr. Martin Gerzabek, summarized the strategic process of the BOKU in its “Responsible University” plan, defined knowledge goals and communicated the university’s strategic orientation. The BOKU knowledge balance sheet represents an important pillar in the university quality management system and is intended as an annual monitoring and strategic communications system.

Formal award presentation on 5 December 2006 in Krems
The formal presentation of the University Management Prize will take place on 5 December at Danube University Krems in conjunction with an international conference on the subject of “strategic information management at universities.” The initiators of the prize, Dr. Ada Pellert and Dr. Attila Pausits, are pleased with the high level of interest in the University Management Prize and would like to continue to offer the prize in the years to come.

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Dr. Christiane Spiel, professor for educational psychology and evaluation at the University of Vienna, reorganized with her team the Department for Psychology and received the first University Management Prize for her project.
The second prize went to the Knowledge Balance Sheet project team working with the vice chancellor of the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Dr. Martin H. Gerzabek.
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Dr. habil. Attila Pausits, PhD

Phone: +43 (0)2732 893-2266
Fax: +43 (0)2732 893-4360
E-Mail: attila.pausits@donau-uni.ac.at
Website: http://www.donau-uni.ac.at/wbbm
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Danube University Krems
Department for Continuing Education Research and Educational Management
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Str. 30
3500 Krems, Austria