European Universities Office

Coordination and Liaison Office at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Villach

  • Communication between the partner universities of the European University Alliance and the various study and service areas of the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences.
  • Close cooperation with IRO and active involvement in implementing the university's internationalization strategy.

Knowledge Broker: Sharing and disseminating information about opportunities to participate in projects and initiatives in both directions (UAS internal and alliance partners), as well as experiences and best practices of other alliances; providing vision and knowledge about the European University Initiative (EUI).

Mobilizer: Motivation for the active participation of the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in the EUI and its role in the transformation of the European Higher Education Area.

Supporter: Provision of support in the implementation of joint activities where applicable and possible.


European Universities Initiative

Since the 1st of January 2023, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences is an Associated Partner to the ATHENA European University, an alliance stemming from the European Universities Initiative that aims to provide inclusive, innovative and high-quality education.

The European Universities Initiative is a flagship project of the European Commission in the field of higher education and research, dedicated to promoting the internationalisation of European universities and increasing their competitiveness and inclusiveness.

ATHENA stands for Advanced Technology Higher Education Network Alliance and its nine full-member institutions are middle-sized universities from France (University of Orleans), Germany (University of Siegen), Greece (Hellenic Mediterranean University), Italy (University Niccolò Cusano), Lithuania (Vilnius Tech), Poland (University Maria Curie-Skłodowska), Portugal (Polytechnic Institute of Porto), Slovenia (University of Maribor) and Spain (University of Vigo).

Focusing on innovative technologies, higher education, international exchange and the digital transformation of societies, ATHENA universities are jointly developing attractive, flexible and practice-oriented research and teaching programmes, while also leaning on their vast network of regional industry partners, in order to benefit not only the students and staff of the Alliance, but also the local communities and society as a whole.

“We aim to deliver inclusive, innovative, high-quality international education permanently aligned with global market needs”.

As an Associated Partner, CUAS intends to take an active part in all parts of the Alliance, joining and leading research projects, offering and taking part in mobility programmes (physical mobility, blended intensive programmes, virtual exchanges), both for students and staff, but also in giving ATHENA access to its own industry partners.

The ATHENA website provides an overview of all ATHENA-related news, events and opportunities.

The European Universities Career Service offers seminars, workshops, trainings, individual career advice, and coaching to help finding one’s way in the world of work. We support students in developing their individual career goals and matching their skills to the market’s needs.

At our European Universities network meetings, we bring together companies and researchers from our universities. These meetings serve to deepen existing partnerships and to establish new contacts.

Photo credit: ATHENA European University |



Kick-Off of the Horizon Europe project SERIGO bringing together CUAS and an ATHENA partner

Between 13 and 15 February, three colleagues from Carinthia University of Applied Sciences were in Vienna for the kick-off event of the Horizon Europe…

1st International Science Slam

Am 14. Mai tauschen Wissenschaftler*innen der Fachhochschule Kärnten und ihrer ATHENA-Partner die Hörsäle und gegen die Bühne.

Physiotherapy goes to Porto

Late February, Sascha Fink, MSc and Michael Suppanz, Phd, MSc spent three days at CUAS’s ATHENA-Partner in Porto thanks to an Erasmus+ Staff teaching…

Students raising hands to the sky, ATHENA Mobility Fair, 14th March 2024

ATHENA online Mobility Fair 2024

Are you a Bachelor or Master student from CUAS looking to enhance your academic and professional growth? Look no further than ATHENA’s upcoming online…

Contact persons @ CUAS

Mag. Dr. Julia Christine Marinaccio MA
Leitung European Universities

+43 5 90 500 7107

Europastraße 4
9524 Villach

Melissa Pebayle, MSc
International Officer

+43 5 90 500 7045

Europastraße 4
9524 Villach

Denise Wornig, MSc MIA MA
(on educational leave)

+43 5 90 500 7041

Europastraße 4
9524 Villach