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Vienna Media News 11/2014 650 years of the University of Vienna

A series of exhibitions, concerts, anniversary celebrations, a film festival, and a campus party are among the events to mark the 650th anniversary of the university’s founding by Duke Rudolf IV. Alma Mater Rudolphina Vindobonensis, to give the university its Latin name, is one of the largest higher education institutions in central Europe with some 92,000 students and 9,700 staff (including 6,900 researchers). It offers 187 courses.

A special exhibition entitled University of Vienna – the Main Building on the Ringstrasse delves into the history of the building on the capital’s showpiece boulevard. Viennese architect Heinrich von Ferstel planned a monumental construction finished in the Renaissance style and built using the latest technology. Architectural blueprints, archive notes and newspaper clippings give a unique insight into the shared history of the Ringstrasse complex from 1857 and the new University campus.

Intelligence under threat - from polarization and intimidation to deportation and annihilation under the National Socialist regime looks at the invidious early shifts in attitudes at the University of Vienna followed by the politically driven upheaval from 1938 onwards. It focuses on the political and statutory changes in the corporate state and the repression legitimized by emergency law as well as the crimes committed as a consequence the Nazis’ accession to power.

The Vienna Circle – exact thinking on the fringes of downfall sheds light on the intellectual and political milieu inhabited by the group of philosophers and scientific theorists set up by Moritz Schlick, Hans Hahn and Otto Neurath in 1922. The exhibition profiles the members of the Vienna Circle and their associates, presents its academic findings and examines its destruction and the persecution of the individuals involved when the National Socialists seized power.

Among the other highlights in store for 2015 are a special jubilee concert by the University of Vienna choir and orchestra featuring a performance of Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the Konzerthaus, a film festival at the University of Vienna’s colonnaded courtyard inspired by “science in fiction” and a campus festival including stage shows and performances where the individual faculties, institutes and centers will present their work to the public.

Exhibitions at the University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna,

  • University of Vienna - the main building on the Ringstrasse. Exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of the Ringstrasse, Jan 2-Dec 31, 2015
  • Intelligence under threat - polarisation and intimidation to deportation and annihilation under the National Socialist regime, Mar 18-Jun 27, 2015
  • Vienna circle - exact thinking on the fringes of downfall, May 20-Oct 31, 2015


  • Jubilee concert, Apr 17 + 18, 2015, Konzerthaus, Lothringerstrasse 20, 1030 Vienna,
  • Science-in-fiction film festival, Jun 15-19, 2015, University of Vienna, Arkadenhof, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna,
  • Campus Festival, Jun 12-14, 2015, University of Vienna Campus (Altes AKH), Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Vienna,


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Helena Hartlauer
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