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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

French remains the most studied foreign language after English in Austria (10.5% of students learn it).

Given the importance of French in the Austrian educational system, Austria was granted observer status in the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) in 2006.

Educational and academic cooperation programs are important and diverse.

France is the second destination for Austrian students after Spain and before the United States.

Our cultural network consists of two institutions: the French Institute in Vienna and the French Institute in Innsbruck.

The French High School in Vienna, founded in 1946, educates over 1,800 students, including 52% Austrian and 8% with dual nationality.

Our cultural relations are particularly rich. Many French artists, musicians, and intellectuals are regularly welcomed to Austria.

In science, cooperation has developed directly between laboratories and research organizations (CNRS, INRIA, CEMAGREF) as well as under the Amadeus Hubert- Curien IAP framework.

In addition, significant cooperation between scientists from both countries must be pointed out within the framework of European programs (after Germany, France and the UK are Austria’s primary partners in the 6th RDFP).

Moreover, continued development of competitive clusters in Austria through the new government program COMET should benefit the dialogue between the fledgling French competitiveness clusters and their Austrian counterparts, mainly in the automotive, plastics, and biotechnology sectors.

Updated on 25.05.10

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