Monday, March 25, 2013

UNO Students Studying Abroad Celebrate 175 Years of Positive Relations Between the U.S. and Austria


University of New Orleans students studying abroad in Innsbruck, Austria recently joined the U.S. Ambassador to Austria in celebrating positive international relations between the two countries.

The group celebrated "175 Years of U.S.-Austrian Diplomatic Relations" on Tuesday, March 12 at the University of Innsbruck, where the students are pursuing their academic year abroad. The event was organized by the two universities in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy Vienna. Margaret Davidson, resident director of the UNO-Innsbruck Academic Year Abroad (AYA) and director of the American Corner Innsbruck, served as moderator.

"This event was a multi-media review of U.S. Austrian diplomatic relations since 1838," said Davidson.

Tilmann Märk, rector of the University of Innsbruck, spoke officially on behalf of the university, while U.S. Ambassador to Austria William C. Eacho served as special guest speaker, Davidson said. Austrian Ambassador to the U.S. Hans Peter Manz sent video greetings, in which he highlighted UNO and the University's summer program in Innsbruck and Center Austria as important examples of people-to-people diplomacy. 

Highlights of the 175-year diplomatic history between the two countries were presented in an exhibition of photos and documents, a video film and a printed catalog given to each of the 100-plus guests, who also received coffee mugs filled with Tootsie Rolls, a sweet invented by an Austrian. Young musicians of the BORG Music High School played American jazz music and a buffet of Tirolean dumpling specialties rounded out the evening, Davidson said..

See photos from the event >>
Watch a video greeting from Hans Manz, Austrian Ambassador to the U.S. >>
Learn more about UNO's Study Abroad Programs in Austria >>
Learn more about Center Austria, the University's reseach and discourse hub on all things Austria >>