March 2010

MODUL University Vienna: New CGDC Partner

In March 2010 a Memorandum was signed by Prof. Dr. Karl Wöber, President MODUL University Vienna, and Prof. Dr. Harvey Goldstein, Dean of the Department of Public Governance and Management, on one side and President Petar Stoyanov and Stamen Stantchev, General Secretary from the Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation (CGDC) on the other side, to facilitate cooperation between these two institutions.

MODUL University Vienna
Since September 2007 MODUL University Vienna, an international private university owned by the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has been offering a selection of both Bachelor and Master study programs. Since October 2009, 235 students from 53 countries have been studying on Vienna’s Kahlenberg in the areas of Tourism, Public Management and New Media Technology. In the final development phase of this international educational institution more than 540 students will be studying on Kahlenberg, overlooking the city of Vienna. All study programs guarantee the highest level of quality and fulfill the strict accreditation requirements laid out by the Austrian Accreditation Council. Because of the university’s international orientation, all study programs are conducted entirely in English. The support ratio currently stands at 1:5 (one MODUL faculty or staff member for every five students). Within the next five years, the owners aim to develop MODUL University Vienna into Austria’s leading private university, internationally acclaimed in its areas of study. MU is jointly owned, with 90 percent belonging to the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and 10 percent to the tourism investor Sheik Mohammed bin Issa al Jaber, who backs the university’s ambitious development plans.

Achieving important objectives together
The objectives of the Memorandum of Cooperation are to promote and facilitate exchange of research and education in areas of mutual interest including:
1. Developing and promoting the establishment of high level democratic and administrative values, standards and regulations for the free market economy;
2. Investigating methods for avoiding unacceptable intervention and abuse of political power within the business environment;
3. Developing instruments for monitoring instances of corruption and evaluating methods for eliminating them;
4. Offering joint programs and projects to provide support by means of organizing workshops, seminars, conferences and study programs directed towards the development of the democratic process by training respected in establishing a contemporary educational, scientific and statutory framework.

To implement these objectives, proposals for collaborative work covered by this Memorandum of Collaboration will be submitted through liaison officers designated by each organization to assure conformity with these aims and purposes.