Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Hills Are Alive! UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School Convenes 39th Summer Session

For nearly 40 years, students at the University of New Orleans have spent their summers studying abroad in the hills of Innsbruck, Austria. The 500-year-old capital of the Austrian Alps calls has been home to 39 summer sessions and became a sister city to New Orleans in 1995, in an agreement forged following the longstanding and vibrant partnership between the University of Innsbruck and UNO.

The 39th UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School was officially opened during a festive ceremony on July 3, 2014 in the Innsbruck Congress Center, said Irene B. Ziegler, program manager. Two hundred sixty-five students from 26 American universities, including approximately 50 students from the University of Innsbruck and 24 faculty members from various U.S. and Austrian institutions, convened again this year in Innsbruck, Austria for "six exciting weeks of learning and adventure."

At an opening ceremony, replete with national costumes and a formal parade, dignitaries from the University of New Orleans, the University of Georgia, the University of Innsbruck, the City of Innsbruck and the State Government of Tirol greeted assembled guests and extended a warm welcome to the faculty and students. The six weeks of the International Summer School program brings studies in more than 40 courses, field trips in and around Innsbruck and a variety of extra-curricular and fun activities in the beautiful city of Innsbruck and region of Tirol.

On Wednesday, July 9, a small group of student participants of the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School 2014, known on campus as "Student Ambassadors," met representatives of the City of Innsbruck, Zeigler said.

Councilwoman Uschi Schwarzl, along with the Head of the Department for Society, Culture, Health and Sports, Birgit Neu, and Barbara Kobler, the Innsbruck representative for International Affairs and Sister City Agreements, welcomed students, faculty, and program administrators.

Gathered in the old, historic city hall of Innsbruck, students and city officials enjoyed a lively discussion about Innsbruck's environmental policies, tourism, education and many other topics, Ziegler said.

 

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