University for Continuing Education Krems

Universität für Weiterbildung Krems

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The University for Continuing Education Krems (UWK) was founded in 1995 and is one of 22 public universities in Austria. According to its unique profile it is one of the most pioneering higher education institutions in Europe: UWK is the only public university for academic continuing education within the German-speaking world. It is the leading university for continuing education in Europe, and as such, has the ambition to provide outstanding quality in university-based continuing education to the highest international standards. Interesting facts and figures:

  • The university has almost 8,000 students and more than 700 staff members of which about half of them are academics
  • 29,603 students graduated from UWK in the last 25 years
  • Staff, students and graduates of UWK come from 120 countries, creating a vibrant international atmosphere
  • 30 percent of all students in Austria, who have enrolled in a master program in academic continuing education study at UWK (Source: IHS Study on Academic Continuing Education 2019)
  • More than 50 percent of its students have over 10 years of working experience. Most of them are working professionals who study part-time
  • The university’s budget is 53 million euros with a self-financing ratio of 59 percent (Financial Statement 2020)
  • UWK raised 8.3 million euros of third-party funding, which is a very high share compared to its size (Financial Statement 2020)
  • Situated 60 km from Vienna in the UNESCO world heritage region Wachau, the Campus Krems is a highly attractive location

Institutional community engagement heatmap

Dimensions of community engagement
Social needs
Teaching and learning
Service and knowledge exchange
Management / partnerships
Management / policies
Peer support

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In the TEFCE Toolbox: „4 The heatmap is focused on the dimensions of community-engagement activities. The dimensions that relate to the supportive environment for community engagement (Dimensions VI – Management/policies; and Dimension VII – Supportive peers) are only subject to the ‘Authenticity’ characteristic of the heatmap since those dimensions relate to ensuring the institutional conditions for engaging with communities rather than on engagement activities themselves.“

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* Methodological note:
The aim of this feature is to allow users to explore the variety of ways in which universities approach and organise community engagement, without allowing a direct/competitive comparison of performance. Similar and different institutions are automatically generated based on the results of their institutional community engagement heatmap results. The method used is applying Euclidean distance between institutions to provide the similar and differing institutions, which calculates the distance in an n-dimensional space between two cases.