The department of computer science and security at the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten will host a Fulbright U.S. Scholar. Beginning with the academic year 2019-20, U.S. Scholars with a background in cyber security will have the opportunity to teach and research in St. Pölten for one academic semester. The University of Applied Sciences St Pölten and Fulbright Austria formally concluded this agreement in January 2018.
“Due to the extremely fast developments in the area of cyber security, international connections and collaborations with non-European partners are very important,” Johann Haag, head of the department of computer science and security, explains. “Our department has a pronounced focus on cyber security in its research and teaching, which we hope to expand and strengthen in the future – supported by the expertise of a Fulbright scholar. Furthermore, the Fulbright grant contributes to the internationalization of the department of computer science and security at the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten.”
The University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten has previously hosted scholars from the U.S. for short-term visits on several occasions. With the new agreement, which has initially been concluded for three years, the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten will now host guest professors, who will teach and carry out research projects, for the duration of a semester.
The Austrian U.S. Scholar Program is currently the sixth largest in the world. This success is largely due to the commitment of Fulbright Austria’s partner institutions, who host guest professors and engage in knowledge transfer between Austria and the U.S. “Fulbright Austria is very pleased to be able to count the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten among its partners and is convinced that this collaboration will be a great success,” Susanne Hamscha, the responsible Program Officer at Fulbright Austria, says. “Fulbright Austria wants to support research and teaching that is state of the art and strengthen Austria’s position in the international scientific community. The partnership with St. Pölten is a significant step towards fulfilling these tasks.”