Location : Austria is a country located in Central Europe and has a total area of 83,856 km2. Austria’s population exceeds 8 million people. It borders both Germany and the Czech Republic to the north. It also borders Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. States : Austria is divided into 9 states. From west to east: Vorarlberg, Tyrol, Salzburg, Carinthia, Styria, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Vienna and Burgenland. Geography: The landscape in Austria is quite varied. Nearly two-thirds of the country’s surface is mountainous, and the highest peaks exceed 3,500 metres. Approximately one-third of the country has an elevation less than 500 metres above sea level. This third consists of large river valleys and basin landscapes in the Alps, the Alpine foothills and the large basin countryside in the south and east of Austria. The steppe countryside and one of the largest steppe lakes in Europe, the Neusiedlersee, are located in the east of the state. Economy : The types of cultivation are as diverse as the Austrian landscape. Agriculture includes pastoral farming in the high Alps, a very important forestry industry, cattle ranching, as well as intensive crop, orchard and vineyard cultivation in the valleys. Austria is also a high-tech country which is successful in many different industries (i.e. the paper, chemical, textile and electronic industry). Another concentration of the Austrian economy is in tourism and services. In the summer (rock climbing, hiking, swimming holidays at the numerous lakes) and in winter (skiing, opera and theatre visits), make Austria a popular holiday destination. Climate Austria has a Central European climate with distinct seasons; the temperatures during the day in the summer may exceed 30 ºC and sometimes fall as far as -20 ºC during the winter. The average yearly temperature in Graz is around 10 ºC, in mid-January -1.9 ºC and in mid-July 19.6 ºC. Demographics A large portion of the population lives in the large river valleys and in the hilly countryside, especially in eastern Austria; the high lying Alpine regions are only sparsely populated. The average population density measures 95 inhabitants per km2 . The capital of Austria is Vienna which is also the largest city in Austria with 1.6 million inhabitants. The second largest city, Graz, has 250,000 inhabitants, followed by Linz with 200,000 inhabitants, and then Salzburg and Innsbruck. The official language spoken is German. In the south of Austria, you can hear people speaking Slovenian, and in the east Croatian and Hungarian. So called guest workers and immigrants form an important minority group in Austria. This includes people from Turkey, Serbia and Bosnia. English as a foreign language is taught in all Austrian schools.
Styria Currently Styria consists of 16,386 km2 and is the second largest federal republic of Austria. Styria is named after the family of the Earl of Steyr (today, a small city in Upper Austria). The family, predecessor to the Babenbergs, originally ruled the countryside from this city. Following the Babenbergs’ rule, the region was acquired by the Habsburgs in the 13th century; even in former times, parts of Styria in the north and east were divided into the states of today, Upper and Lower Austria. After World War I, the southern part of Styria was separated and is today part of Slovenia. Because of its location as a border-state to the southeast, there have been border conflicts throughout the centuries. Today, Styria is divided into Upper Styria, East and West Styria. Upper Styria has a very beautiful mountainous countryside. The most important regions are the Salzkammergut, Ennstal, the Obere Murtal and the Mürztal. West Styria stretches from the River Mur to the Alpine ridges in the north and west, in the south to the country’s borders and includes the Alpine foreland and a hilly countryside. East Styria lies between the River Mur, the southern inclines of the Fischbacher Alps and east of the border to Burgenland and wraps around the border of Slovenia in the south, where the rich forestland and deeply ravined Alpine foreland abound in the wide river plains to the south. A strip of modern health resorts and hot springs Waltersdorf, Blumau, Loipersdorf, Gleichenberg, Radkersburg) attract many guests to this region. Styria is the most heavily forested Austrian state. More than 50% of the state’s area is covered by woodland. The state is also nicknamed the „Green Heart” of Austria. Forestry, mountain farming, tourism, intensive field farming in West and East Styria, but as well as orchards and vineyards, give the countryside a diversified appearance. Mining, steel, machine, automotive industries and paper mills, together with farming, are the traditional branches of the state’s economy. Styria is also worthy of cultural note due to its numerous monasteries, fortresses, castles and churches.
Graz Graz is the capital of Styria and lies at the crossroads between Upper Styria, West and East Styria. The city was founded where the River Mur, the main river of Styria, breaks through the Alps for the last time and flows through the wide basin. The Graz Basin has been settled since the Early Stone Age. The name Graz was mentioned for the first time in 1128, although there were already earlier settlements from Celts, Slavs and later Franks and Bavarians. The settlement of the modern city extends back to the 6th century. In the middle of the 12th century, Graz became the centre of Styria and the home of the aristocracy. In 1180 Styria became a duchy, and the heart of the modern city developed. Under the rule of the Habsburgs, Graz became the capital city of Inner Austria. Emperor Friedrich III elevated the city to his residence and thus to the capital of the Habsburg empire in the 15th century. The construction of the city (fortress, Castle Hill, cathedral, and the expansion of the city wall) took place during this period. His successor, Maximilian I, also supported Graz. Emperor Ferdinand I moved the imperial residence back to Graz in 1564 and built numerous structures in Renaissance style (cloisters, the old Jesuit University, schools and the Royal Palace). The Landhaus (seat of the provincial government) was also built in the style of the Italian Renaissance. The arched courtyard is the largest and most beautiful of the 40 such courtyards in Graz. Next to the Landhaus the Zeughaus (Armoury) contains the largest weapon and arms collection in Europe from the 16th and 17 th century period. The large and well preserved Old City has maintained its appearance from the 16 th century through today. In the early Baroque period, the Baroque master architect Fischer von Erlach designed and constructed the Mausoleum next to the Cathedral. During the following centuries Graz disappeared out of the spotlight of history. The city grew slowly and the theatre and opera house were built. At the beginning of the 19th century, the large fortress on the Schlossberg (Castle Hill) was attacked by Napoleon’s army. Unable to capture the fortress, Napoleon’s troops destroyed it instead. Only the Uhrturm (Clock Tower) and another tower, named “Liesl” by the citizens of Graz, survived the attack. The city walls were destroyed at the beginning of the 20th century with the exception of two gates structures (Burgtor, Paulustor). In the 19th and 20 th century the city also became a popular spot for pensioners from all parts of the Austrian monarchy. The cultural life blossomed then and has continued to blossom until today. The former glacis (gardens in front of the city walls) was changed into a city park. Industry also moved into Graz. The largest factories belong to Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG which is mainly involved in the production of automobiles, Siemens Transportation Systems GmbH & Co KG, AVL List GmbH (High technology) , Sattler AG - the high Tex company,….. Today, Graz is also a university city. The post-secondary institutions have attracted a student population of over 40,000. In addition to the traditional culture of the opera house, the theatre and many concert halls, Graz became known in the Sixties and Seventies as a hotbed of modern art. The literary unification of the Forum Stadtpark (Forum City Park), Der Steirische Herbst (The Styrian Autumn, a festival of the avant-garde), the rich jazz life and the many small fringe theatres reveal the rich cultural life as well. Graz was also selected as the European Cultural Capital in 2003. Attractive shopping streets, comfortable restaurants with Austrian and Styrian specialities as well as pubs and wine bars invite you to stroll in. In the spring, especially in May and June, the old alleys, and squares, the courtyards with their pubs and restaurants give Graz a southern flair which everyone should experience!
University of Teacher Education Styria The University of Teacher Education Styria is a national and international renowned public educational institution which strives for professionalism in its teachers who are participating in teacher training fields of study. Teaching and learning at the University of Teacher Education Styria are defined by our specialized fields of study which are made up of teacher education, continuing education and further education. These fields of study contribute quality standards to enhance lifelong learning. Furthermore our learning opportunities offer brush up and training courses in other pedagogical and social areas. Study-information The University of Teacher Education Styria (PHSt) offers a wide variety of study programmes in the field of training, continuing education and further education for all types of schools and grades. There are over 500 people employed in the fields of teaching and research. In order to find out the latest information regarding activities and projects, check out the “press” side on our website (www.phst.at). The academic year is made up of 2 semesters. The winter semester begins on October 1st and ends in the middle of February. The summer semester begins the last week in February and ends on June 30th.
University Profile Research-based education – as an essential element in securing scientific quality standards Development of human talent and potential – for the talented and gifted and children with special needs Learning by practical teaching – at a primary and a lower secondary school on our campus
Study Programmes Bachelor of Education (3 years, 180 ECTS-credits) Master Studies (2 years, 120 ECTS-credits) Exchange Study Programmes (37 partner institutions) In-service Teacher Training (including all types of schools)
The University of Teacher Education Styria offers the following teacher certification programmes: Field of Study: Primary School Teacher Certification Programme This undergraduate programme prepares students already in the first semester for guided classroom and practical hands-on experiences in collaboration with cooperating pre-school and primary school teachers. This field of study also incorporates teaching in the special needs classroom. The areas of study in this programme encompass also methodology, science education and the social sciences. Specialized studies and subject fields are usually individualized according to the student’s interests and goals. Students pursuing this degree can find more information under the profile from the “Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark” which addresses the area of gifted children education. Field of Study: Special Needs Teacher Certification Programme This undergraduate programme prepares students already in the first semester for guided classroom and practical hands-on experiences with special needs children in collaboration with cooperating primary and lower-level secondary school teachers. The areas of study in this programme place emphasize on the methodology, science education and the social sciences needed for the special needs classroom. Specialized studies and subject fields are usually individualized according to the student’s interests and goals. Students pursuing this degree can find more information under the profile from the “Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark” which addresses the area of gifted children education. Field of Study: Lower-Level Secondary School Teacher Certification Programme This undergraduate programme prepares students already in the first semester for guided classroom and practical hands-on experiences in collaboration with cooperating teachers. The major and minor areas of study in this programme place emphasize on methodology, science education and the social sciences. Specialized studies and subject fields are usually individualized according to the student’s interests and goals. Students pursuing this degree can find more information under the profile from the “Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark” which addresses the area of gifted children education.
Field of Study: Vocational Teacher Certification Programme This programme prepares students for vocational school teacher certification in the areas of: specialized field of study I (general and industrial subjects), specialized field of study II (subject-related theoretical subjects), and specialized field of study III (subject-related practical subjects). This field of study is based on the latest Austrian vocational training system and currently offers over 250 teaching qualifications in the respective vocational field. The requirements for this teacher certification are a specific vocational training and vocational practice of at least three years. This field of study is only offered to teachers who are currently working. Field of Study: Nutritional Education Teacher Certification Programme This programme prepares students for teacher certification in the field of nutrition for vocational schools. Besides being a pedagogically sound training for the teaching profession, this field of study also places emphasis on applying what has been learned in the classroom. The areas of study encompass Health Training, Events Management, Personal Management and Training as well as Tourism Management. Field of Study: Information and Communication Technology Teacher Certification Programme for Vocational Schools This programme prepares students for teacher certification in the field of information and communication technology for vocational schools. Besides being a pedagogically sound training for the teaching profession, this field of study places emphasis on applying what has been learned in the classroom. The areas of study encompass Graphic and Web Design, Information and Communication Technology Management, and Personal Training and Office Management. Field of Study: Trade and Industry Teacher Certification Programme for Vocational Schools This programme prepares students for trade and industry teacher certification in vocational schools in the areas of: specialized field of study A (subject-related theoretical subjects), and specialized field of study B (subject-related practical subjects). This field of study is based on the latest Austrian vocational training system and currently offers over 250 teaching qualifications in the respective vocational field. The requirements for this teacher certification are a specific vocational training and vocational practice of two to three years. This field of study is only offered to teachers who are currently working.
Student Library and Media Centres The main emphasis of the student library is to provide students with the necessary literature for the various courses in the various branches of education offered. The library specializes in subject-related, pedagogical books as well as audio visual aids in the areas of primary, secondary and special education. Browsing for and borrowing books can be done on our computer system, but a librarian is also available to assist you in your search. Address: Thodor-Körner-Straße 38, 8010 (two minutes by foot from the university campus) Canteen You can purchase drinks, snacks, and meals at the canteen on the ground floor in the main building. Student Council Every year the students vote for representatives who advise their peers. Internet://oeh.phst.at/ E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org “ The Gallery - Hasnerplatz“ The Gallery exhibits the works of internal and external artitists which can be found on the ground floor in the main building. Computer Labs 1st and 2nd floors in the new building Special Events You can read about our theatre performances, in-house concerts, student and sports events as well as guest lectures on our posters and on the internet. Recreation Activities, Excursions and Sport Weeks If you would like to participate in these activities, please get in touch with a staff member from Centre 2 as soon as possible so that your participation can be arranged.
Teacher Training and Further Education Courses English across the Curriculum Conflict Management Intercultural Pedagogy Montessori Education Health Education Inclusive Education Teaching Diverse Learners Gifted Children Education Teaching Italian in Primary and Secondary School Education for Individual Children
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