Organisation and tasks
The OeAD is the Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research.
With a budget of more than 60 million euros and more than 200 employees the OeAD supports the internationalisation of education.
The following organisational chart illustrates the structure of the OeAD. Here you can also find details of the five specialist departments.
Organisation chart (click to enlarge)
OeAD – Specialist departments
Centre for International Cooperation and Mobility (ICM)
The Centre for International Cooperation and Mobility brings together the areas of grants and funding and international cooperation as well as the regional offices into one department. The ICM is a specialist department within the OeAD that is responsible for internationally orientated cooperation and mobility programmes. Alongside grant programmes that are funded by the Federal Ministry of , Education, Science and Research the ICM also handles programmes funded by third-parties.
An important component of its range of tasks is providing personal support to the grant holders at the relevant locations in Austria. This task is undertaken by the regional offices.
National Agency for Erasmus+ Education
The National Agency for Erasmus+ Education within the OeAD is responsible for the implementation of the EU programme Erasmus+ in the field of education in Austria. The National Agency is also home to Euroguidance Austria, the contact centre for the European Network for Education and Careers Information and Advice, Europass Austria and the European Platform for Adult Learning and Education (EPALE).
Department for education and research for international development cooperation
This department encompasses the following fields of work and cooperation: The Commission for Development Research (KEF) supports research projects between Austrian scientific institutions and partner institutions in countries at risk of poverty and with weak infrastructure on the OECD DAC list.
Higher education partnerships (APPEAR) with scientific institutions in 16 focus countries and regions from the Austrian Development Cooperation (OEZA) improve the learning, teaching and research conditions in countries with weak infrastructure and open up new access routes to the international scientific community.
The Public Science department focuses on the measures funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and those housed by the OeAD at the interface between science, schools and society. These include the research programmes Sparkling Science, the Centre for Cooperation between Science and Schools – Young Science and the Centre for Citizen Science.
Quality Development and Transparency
The department for quality development and transparency is composed of two independent organisational units: the Austrian Reference Point for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (ARQA-VET) and the national coordination centre for the National Qualifications Framework (NQR).
ARQA-VET, the Reference Point for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training, as an active network hub in the EU network EQAVET (www.eqavet.eu) represents the positions of Austrian vocational education and training and contributes to cooperation with other national reference points for the funding of European vocational education and training and transparency instruments such as EQR, ECVET amongst others.
The coordination point for the National Qualifications Framework in Austria (NCP) is the central administrative, coordination and information centre for the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
University Preparation Programmes
The University Preparation Programmes prepare international students who have been admitted to study at an Austrian university for supplementary examinations. The OeAD is the legal entity for the University Preparation Programmes of the Austrian universities and some universities of applied sciences in Vienna, Graz and Leoben.
OeAD Ombudsman's Office
The OeAD Ombudsman’s Office is in charge of systematic processing of justified complaints and suggestions for improvements. It provides solution-oriented mediation between the parties involved in case of different opinions.
OeAD – Mission statement
The OeAD advises, promotes and supports international cooperation in education, science and research. We support strategic development and guide implementation measures. We analyse international developments and work out appropriate recommendations and measures to be taken.
The basics: continuous benchmarking, knowledge management, knowledge processing and permanent dialogue with our partners.
Identity & areas of focus
The OeAD is the central service point for European and international mobility and cooperation programmes in education, science and research.
- As a full service provider we deal with the creation and implementation of the programmes.
- We coordinate international higher education marketing and represent Austria as a location for learning and research around the world.
- We are expert partners for strategic tasks in international cooperation.
Our core business is the exchange of people across the age and educational spectrum. In doing this we support institutional cooperation in Europe and worldwide. We manage international cooperation programmes and coordinate and support their implementation. For example, there is a special focus on development cooperation and on exporting education.
OeAD – Tasks
The OeAD is in charge of the international exchange of pupils, apprentices, students, lecturers and researchers and carries out international educational projects.
Our tasks: We
- manage programmes in education, training, science and mobility and internationalisation measures.
- support and advise the federal government in the conception and development of European and international initiatives.
- provide information and advice to institutions, in particular educational institutions, and Austrian representative authorities.
- offer services for mobility in European and international cooperation.
- promote Austria worldwide as an attractive location for education and research.
- administer programmes for collaboration in development cooperation.
- represent Austrian interests at European and international institutions on behalf of the federal government.
- inform the general public about European and international cooperation.
- support university courses to prepare students for supplementary examinations (University Preparation Programmes).
- support national authorities who deal with international and European networks and transparency instruments.
- carry out programmes and measures with public and private providers of funds to make education more international.