"Austria is an attractive place for higher education students to learn and academics to work, whether they come from this country or further afield. Its higher education institutions are home to innovative, high-quality teaching, research and the advancement and appreciation of the arts. They make a socially relevant contribution towards shaping the global knowledge society. All members of Austrian higher education institutions have embraced internationality as a fundamental guiding principle of their work and activities and are striving to further advance internationalisation. Besides physical mobility, making sensible use of digital information and communications technologies, in particular, also facilitates dialogue across national borders. Higher education students acquire advanced specialist and methodological knowledge and international and intercultural skills; they speak several languages and learn how to think independently, critically and innovatively. As the workforce of the future, they are ideally equipped to act responsibly in globally interconnected worlds of work and living environments and are making a fundamental contribution to the country’s competitiveness. "
International and intercultural competences are more important than ever for all university members (both students and staff), especially during times like these – a comprehensive strategy of internationalization should sustainably support and promote inter- and transdisciplinarity in teaching, research and administration in order to make all BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences) members fit for the future.