Founded in 1669, the Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck is the largest university in the western part of Austria. Located at a traditional north-south crossroads connecting Europe, we are oriented internationally while positioned locally.
Learning from the long and sometimes problematic history of the University, we build bridges into the future. Our strength is managing seemingly conflicting topics in a productive manner: asking globally oriented but regionally motivated research questions; self-confidently breaking with well-established knowledge while consciously respecting traditions; and capitalizing on academic freedom while treating it responsibly. In this environment of balanced diversity everyone at the University acts as a member of society as well as a link to society.
This philosophy is reflected in our current main research areas: Alpine Space – Man and Environment, Cultural Encounters – Cultural Conflicts, Molecular Biosciences, Physics and Scientific Computing. All knowledge gained from our research is available to the public to initiate, foster and advance informed discussions and sometimes vigorous debates inside and outside of the academic world.
The University’s main mandate is to focus on research and development, teaching and continuing professional education and training. In all these fields its regional status is to be deepened and its high ranking in the European academic area is to be guaranteed. This is laid down in the Mission Statement of the University of Innsbruck. The University is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and students, irrespective of gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, and religious belief, and membership of the travelling community.
The University has always been a supporting pillar of the Tyrolean society and has influenced the region tremendously. The importance of its status as a research and educating institution can be seen in the numerous award winning alumni and current and former scientists teaching and researching at the University. Many scientific cutting-edge discoveries have been made at this institution.
Today the University comprises of 16 faculties and 81 institutes. For more information on the structure and size of the University visit our sites University in Numbers, Student Numbers and Organisational Structure. You find relevant numbers on last year’s performances at the Intellectual Capital site, and strategies and plans for the next few years at Development Plan. For finding the location of the various faculties, departments and other university institutions go to Maps and Directions. The site University Life gives you information on academic and cultural activities and events at the University.