Research forms an essential component of academic institutions. Three different programmes are available for research visits in Eurasia-Pacific-UniNet, ASEA-UniNet and bilateral campaigns.
Eurasia-Pacific-UniNet: Across Continents
Eurasia-Pacific-UniNet, abbreviated to EPU, is an education network founded in 2000, with the goal of initiating research activities and establishing contacts and academic partnerships between Austrian universities and member organisations in East, Central and South Asia and the Pacific Region.
The focus is on cooperation with education facilities in the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia and the Russian Federation. Goals include clerkships in China, initiation of and support for research projects and promotion and support for the exchange of researchers, teachers and students of the network members.
ASEA-UNINET: Research Cooperation with South East Asia
ASEA-UNINET is a European university network with the goal of initiating and promoting research cooperation with and in countries of South East Asia. It was established by Austria in 1994. The primary activity of the network is promoting exchange between Europe and South-East Asia. This involves the organisation and financial support of exchanges of academics and postgraduates, and the associated knowledge transfer, to improve cooperation between South East Asian and European universities. Joint programmes are also to be generated.
The list of partner universities includes 17 Austrian, 14 other European institutions, 1 Russian university and 35 from South East Asia, 18 of which are from Thailand, 6 from Indonesia, 8 from Vietnam, 1 from the Philippines, 1 from Malaysia and 1 from Pakistan.
ASEA-UNINET provides the following financial support:
- Visits by guest researchers from South-East Asia
- Visits by Austrian academics to South-East Asia (usually only reimbursement of travel expenses; Asian partner universities should be able to assume costs of stay for at least 1 week)
- Implementation of jointly planned research programs
- Training courses
- Clerkships in South East Asia
The level of financial support conforms to the annually available budgetary resources.
Project applications shall be forwarded to the Office for International Mobility Programmes and submitted with the annual budget application to Meduni Vienna.
Bilateral campaigns are programs aimed at promoting academic mobility and cooperation projects in science, research and teaching. Austria maintains cooperation schemes with the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. These programmes are intended for employees and students of colleges, universities as well as research institutions.
Registration is carried out via the Austrian Exchange Service ÖAD.