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Austria’s commitment to science and research deepens

27.03.2012

In order to promote Austria's expertise in research and science far and beyond its borders, last month Austrian minister for science and research Dr. Karl Heinz Töchterle received his counterpart from the Sultanate of Oman, Dr. Ahmed Al Busaidi Rawya Saud on 23 February 2012 in Vienna. The Austrian Trade Commission reports.  

In 2009 Austria invested 7.4 billion euros in research and experimental development. Research expenditure equals almost 2.8% of Austria’s gross domestic product (GDP), which represents an increase over previous years making Austria one of the leaders among European countries. The drivers of research investment in Austria are primarily private enterprise with 46.7%, the public sector with 37.4%, and foreign research support. All the above statistics emphasise Austria's commitment to the field of science and research therefore it comes as no surprise that at every given opportunity to widen its scope in this field, Austria would not miss it.
Last month Austrian minister for science and research Dr. Karl Heinz Töchterle received his counterpart from the Sultanate of Oman, Dr. Ahmed Al Busaidi Rawya Saud on 23 February 2012 in Vienna. The contact between the two countries has intensified steadily in recent years especially through the joint project of the University of Buraimi in Oman, which was launched in October 2011 with the regular undergraduate program, having obtained a visible expression.
Another topic of discussion at the meeting included a grant agreement that was negotiated between the Austrian Exchange Service and the Omani Ministry OeAD. Under this agreement, young Omanis after leaving school received the opportunity to learn German in Austria and to complete a bachelor's degree.
"I am pleased that Austria's science and research expertise is in demand far beyond the borders and in this case also a key success factor for the formation of a higher education institutions," said Töchterle. Thanks to the efforts of the IMC Fachhochschule Krems and the University of Vienna, Vienna University of Technology, the FH Campus Wien and the University of Bradford cooperate on this project, local colleges and universities for the first time in the field of international education exports. "Today's talks has shown that this important and thorough work was done, and thus a sustained signal of cooperation could be set," added Töchterle.  

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