Recruiting International Potential:
Obstacles and Opportunities
during the New (Ab)normal

Recruiting International Potential for Austrian Higher Education Institutions: Obstacles and Opportunities during the New (Ab)normal

9:45 am - 13:30 pm
Online Event


  • 9:55

    O. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Pollak, Director of Webster Vienna Private University, Vienna
    Dr. Josef Leidenfrost, MA, Austrian Student Ombudsman, Vienna

  • 10:00

    Opening Remarks (video messages):

    SC Mag. Elmar Pichl, Director General, Section IV, Ministry of Education, Science and Research / BMBWF, Vienna

    O. DIin Sabine Seidler, President, Universities Austria / UNIKO, Vienna

    Mag. Raimund Ribitsch, President, Austrian Association of Universities of Applied Sciences / FHK, Vienna

    O. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karl Wöber, President, Austrian Private Universities Conference / ÖPUK,

  • 10:15

    Kick Off Speeches (Qs & As via chat function)

    Ao. Univ-Prof. Mag. Dr. Arthur Mettinger, FH Campus Wien University of Applied Sciences
    „Using English in an academic environment: Challenges and opportunities“

    Mag.a Tanja Raab, OeAD – Agency for Education and Internationalisation – Legal Issues
    „Entrance and residence conditions for international students: Which challenges do international students face?“

    Mag.a Ingrid Wadsack-Köchl, BMBWF – Recognition, Vienna
    „Recognition matters!“

  • 11:15

    Practical Experiences from four Higher Education Institutions (Qs & As via chat function)

    Katharina Kratky, MODUL University Vienna, Vienna
    „Recruiting at Private Universities“

    Deidree R. Diño, MSc, PGCM, Webster Vienna Private University, Vienna
    „A Service-Based Approach to International Higher Education Admissions“ DIin Ioanna Giouroudi-Jovanovic, Technical University Vienna, Vienna
    „On site or online? Accepted or enrolled? Experiences and challenges in international student recruiting“

    Mag.a Susanne Lichtmannegger/ Leena Saurwein, MA, Management Center, Innsbruck, Innsbruck
    „How to acquire the best international students: An insight into MCI – the entrepreneurial school’s practices“

  • 12:30

    Round Table Discussion:

    Dr. Serge Sych, Vice President, Central European University, Budapest/Vienna

    Dr. Michael Stampfer, Vienna Science and Technology Fund, Vienna

    Ambassador Mag. Dr. Emil Brix, Diplomatic Academy Vienna, Vienna

    Jakob Calice, PhD, OeAD, Austria’s Agency for Education and Internationalisation

    O. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Pollak, Webster Vienna Private University, Vienna

  • 13:00

    Concluding remarks

    Johannes Pollak, Josef Leidenfrost

About the online event

Austria’s location in the centre of Europe has manifold connections and offers a wide range of cultural activities, a high quality of living, a high level of public safety and last but not least high-quality teaching standards. This makes it a particularly attractive destination for international students from all over the world.
Providing the essential know-how and infrastructure for international students therefore has major priority in ensuring Austria’s prominent position on the academic map. The situation of recruiting international potential has not become easier at all with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Together with the Webster Vienna Private University as co-organiser, this conference will deal with topics such as English language skills (examinations and certificates), visa issues, housing of international students as well as horizontal and transversal recognition issues, especially for the group of international prospective students and applicants at Austrian higher education institutions. Recruiting is the overarching topic.

Target Groups:
rectors‘, presidents‘ and directors’ offices, recruiting offices, strategy and marketing offices, international offices, admission offices, study law offices, ombuds offices, student housing offices, student union representatives, accreditation teams

Program of the online evnet

After registration we will provide you with more relevant information on the conference topics, with biographies of the speakers, and information on how to access the meeting.

The personal data necessary for the organisation of the event will be processed by machine and stored. The whole event will be recorded and made available via the web later. With your registration you declare your consent to this.


Mag. Hannelore Veit, MA

Journalist, Moderator and Author

O. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Pollak

Rector of Webster Vienna Private University

Dr. Josef Leidenfrost, MA

Austrian Student Ombudsman, President of ENOHE, Vienna, Austria

SektChef Mag. Elmar Pichl

Director General, Head of the General Directorate Higher Education at the Ministry of Education, Science and Research

O.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Dr.-Ing. h.c. Sabine Seidler

Rector of the Technical University Vienna and President of Universities Austria

Mag. Raimund Ribitsch

Managing Director of the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and President of the Austrian Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karl Wöber

Founding President of Modul University Vienna and chairman of the Austrian Private University Conference

Ao. Univ-Prof. Mag. Dr. Arthur Mettinger

Vice Rector at the University of Applied Science Vienna

Mag. a Tanja Raab

Legal Issues Department at the Agency for Education and Internationalisation

Mag.a Ingrid Wadsack-Köchl

Head of the Department for International Higher Education Law and Recognition at the Ministry of Education, Science and Research

Deidree R. Diño, MSc, PGCM

Student Account Manager and Head of Admissions at Webster Vienna Private University

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Ioanna Giouroudi

Head of the Technical University Vienna Doctoral School

Mag.a Susanne Lichtmannegger

Head of International Relations at MCI The Entrepreneurial School

Dr. Leena Saurwein, MA

Lecturer in various bachelors’ and masters’ programs at MCI The Entrepreneurial School.

Dr. Serge Sych

Vice President for Enrollment Management, Career Services and Alumni Relations at Central European University (Austria/Hungary).

Dr. Michael Stampfer

Managing Director, Vienna Science and Technology Fund

Mag. Jakob Calice, PhD

Managing Director of Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation

Botschafter Mag. Dr. Emil Brix

Director of the Diplomatische Akademie Wien - Vienna School of International Studies


The conference documentation is currently still in progress and will be available online soon.

You can find the video of the conference here.