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In the 2011/2012 financial year, the University of Liechtenstein generated important impetus in teaching, research and transfer. This helped it make a significant contribution to the further development of the economic location. The next steps to reinforce the innovation of the country and the region are planned for 2013.

In the 2011/2012 financial year, the University of Liechtenstein generated important impetus in teaching, research and transfer. This helped it make a significant contribution to the further development of the economic location. The next steps to reinforce the innovation of the country and the region are planned for 2013.

In the 2011/2012 financial year, the University of Liechtenstein met significant milestones to complete the university development process. The Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education included the university in the Intercantonal Agreement on Universities, and doctoral degrees were awarded at the graduation ceremony for the first time.

Relevance and benefits to the country
The university has implemented important strategic initiatives as a “place of knowledge”. “Improving the quality of research and teaching is beginning to have an effect,” stressed Dr. Volker M. Rheinberger, President of the University Council, at the media conference to present the annual report. He also referred to excellent positions in the Handelsblatt rankings for business administration, to successful publications in leading international specialist journals and to the relevance of the research findings to the economy. “In line with the discussions in the state parliament, the University of Liechtenstein will continue to develop its strategy as a ‘small but perfectly formed’ campus with a solid regional base and selected departments which shine in the international arena,” explained Rheinberger.

Successes reinforce Liechtenstein’s innovation
Klaus Näscher, Rector of the University of Liechtenstein, explained how the university was strengthening the country’s readiness for change by means of teaching and continuing education, research and transfer. “Thanks to the transfer projects with the university, for example, Liechtenstein has been able to reposition itself in a more competitive stance as a location for investment.” Näscher is also pleased about a global investigation which revealed considerably above-average levels of entrepreneurial spirit among the students of the University of Liechtenstein, the top ranking among German-speaking countries. Through the activities of the Affiliated Institute SME Centre and the Competence Center Initiative  in conjunction with representatives from industry and the public sector, the university has also been able to support innovation.


Rector Klaus Näscher (on the left) and Dr. Volker M. Rheinberger, president of the University Council, (on the right) presented important impetus in teaching and continuing education, research and transfer of the financial year 2011/2012 and gave an outlook fot the year 2013.


Outlook
In the current financial year, the University of Liechtenstein is taking further steps towards higher-level international accreditation for the programmes. Plans for a doctoral degree programme in law at the University of Liechtenstein are taking shape. This should result in significant added value for the country’s economy and public sector. Those responsible see the confined campus infrastructure as a challenge as it restricts the expansion of continuing education. 

The annual report for the University of Liechtenstein is available at www.uni.li/medien