From left to right: Walter Haas (Innovation Salzburg), Provincial Councillor Andrea Klambauer, Councillor Wilfried Haslauer, Sabine Herlitschka (Deputy Chairwoman, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development, Chairwoman of the Board of Infineon Technologies Austria AG) and Roland Wernik, (Chairman, Salzburg Science and Research Council), Photo: Province of Salzburg/Martin Wautischer

8. June 2022

Salzburg focuses on specialization as a university location

The challenges and strategic development of the domestic research and higher education location are on the agenda of Salzburg’s scientific elite these days, who met with the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development on Wednesday, 8.6.2022.

Fit for the year 2030

“Specialization and cooperation will be the two significant buzzwords for the future,” said Governor Wilfried Haslauer and Councilor Andrea Klambauer. Currently, the Science and Innovation Strategy Salzburg 2025 (WISS 2025) is being revised to be fit for the year 2030 as well. A significant point in the WISS 2030 will be dedicated to the university and higher education location. The path taken should be consistently continued, with the strategy sharpened and adapted to new challenges.

Haslauer: “Successful catch-up process.”

“Salzburg has made an impressive catch-up process in terms of research and further development as a university location in recent years. The WISS has contributed to profiling in teaching, research, and the economy and repositioned us – compared to the federal government and now also together with the federal government,” said Governor Wilfried Haslauer.

Klambauer: “Intelligent use of the environment.”

The science and research location of Salzburg with its six universities and colleges, the Salzburg Research Society, the university hospital, and others, is a small but excellent location. This environment needs to be used intelligently. Quality, cooperation with the strongest, and a clear profile through specialization and niche areas in which we play a leading role should give us a competitive advantage,” said Councilor Andrea Klambauer during the discussion organized by Innovation Salzburg in the Solitär of the Mozarteum University.

Felbermayr: “Emperor in the niche.”

Gabriel Felbermayr, Director of the Institute for Economic Research (WIFO), emphasized that in developing the university and research location, one must “focus on quality rather than quantity. Build on the strengths that are already there and occupy niches. It’s better to be an emperor in the niche than a follower in a mass market. Unique selling points should be maintained and expanded. Some have already understood that this is the stuff that can make Salzburg’s future.”

Herlitschka: “Universities are beacons in the regions.”

“Universities and colleges are beacons in a region and drivers for new developments,” said Sabine Herlitschka of the Council for Research and Technology Development. “Excellence is important for these institutions, international visibility, a good anchor with the regional environment, and giving impulses for developments, such as digitization.”

171 projects supported

Since the start of the WISS implementation in 2016, 171 projects with a total project volume of around €134 million have already been implemented. The state of Salzburg finances around 35 percent, a strong commitment to the importance of science, research, and innovation. Thematic priorities included life sciences, digitization, innovation, and communication technology, as well as intelligent building and settlement systems. Around 200 research jobs are associated with this.

Source: Landeskorrespondenz

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