Greetings to the Conference

The Federal President of the Republic of Austria – Alexander Van der Bellen

University Presidents,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

The International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) is a remarkable organization comprised of more than 400 universities from 75 different countries.

Since 1965, the IAUP has sought to expand and deepen the international experience exchange and the networks among University Presidents and Deans worldwide, in its triennial conferences.

Every three years the conference is organized and hosted by a different member university and I am very pleased that – after New York and Yokohama – our Capital of Vienna has been selected for the IAUP 2017.

Austria, represented by the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, is organizing this year’s conference together with its official partner country Georgia, represented by the Caucasus University. This cross-border partnership underscores the international idea of the IAUP in a most suitable manner.

Having had a look at this year’s program, I am convinced that you are in for numerous, inspiring key notes, lectures, and discussions.

I wish all conference participants and organizers a very pleasant and interesting time in Austria and forward my best wishes to all of you.

Johannes Hahn – European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations