The University of Salzburg
The Paris Lodron University of Salzburg is the largest educational and research institution in the Salzburg region. There are over 18,000 students enrolled at the university and approximately 2,700 staff members employed in the fields of research, teaching and administration. As an integral part of both cultural and educational life, the University serves as a meeting place for teaching staff, students and academics, as well as for the general public.
The University was officially opened in 1622 by its founder Paris Lodron, the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg. A confederation of 33 Benedictine monasteries from Salzburg, Switzerland, southern Germany and Austria were credited with building and maintaining the University. The University existed until 1810, when Salzburg was annexed to Bavaria. Since its re-establishment in 1962, Paris Lodron University has developed into a modern, vibrant university and is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its re-establishment throughout the whole of 2012.
The University is divided into four Faculties: Theology, Law, Cultural and Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Together with three inter-faculty departments, they offer a wide range of Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral studies, as well as a rich programme of postgraduate university courses. Within these Faculties there are four interdisciplinary Priority Programmes: Life Sciences and Health; European Union Studies; Law, Economics and Business; Arts and Humanities. Additionally, the University maintains a broad spectrum of study fields and specialised research areas.
The EUA Funding Forum will take place at the Unipark, a newly erected university building which was opened to the public in late 2011. The Unipark is situated next to the historic old town of Salzburg near the Salzach River and is easily reachable from the city centre, the main station and the airport. The Unipark building not only hosts most of the cultural and social sciences faculty but also offers state-of-the-art conference and meeting facilities, including a roof terrace with a stunning view over the city.
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