Research power along the Danube

Confluence of Sava river and Danube in Belgrade (c) Wikipedia


Between its source in the Black Forest and its mouth on the Black Sea, the Danube traverses 2,872 kilometres and shares shores with ten countries. The Danube Rectors' Conference (DRC) is a strong network of almost 70 universities in this region. Our aim is to improve higher education in teaching and research, and the advancement of our member universities by establishing sustainable contacts.


The DRC is Affiliate member of the European University Association (EUA)

© European Union, ECDC
© European Union, ECDC


We are experiencing extraordinary and difficult times. All European countries and their institutions, including universities, are currently tackling with the spread of the COVID-19 disease.


How are the DRC member universities responding to the current challenging situation? They share with us their experience, know-how and good practices regarding distance learning and E-learning. Click here for more information on the measures introduced at the universities.


News from our network

See below the latest news and browse in our archive.


For news from our Presidency, please click here.

Save The Date: DRC General Assembly 2020

Given the travel restrictions and other difficulties the universities are facing in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, the DRC Presidency, after careful consideration and in consultation with the Uzhhorod National University, agreed unanimously on the postponement of the Annual Conference scheduled to take place on 4.-6. November 2020 at the Uzhhorod National University to 2021. The new date for the 2021 Annual Conference will be announced in due time.


The General Assembly for all DRC member universities will be held as an online meeting on 6. November 2020 10:00 CET.


Information regarding the registration as well as the draft programme will be available in the upcoming weeks on the DRC website.


We look forward to seeing you during our General Assembly in November!

DRC Vice President Friedrich Faulhammer on the 30 years anniversary of Vasile Goldis Western University of Arad

"Your university created a link between Europe and its region, between science and society."


On the occasion of the 30 years since the foundation of the Vasile Goldis Western University of Arad, Friedrich Faulhammer, Rector of the Danube University Krems and DRC Vice President, send his message wishing ongoing academic success and prosperity.

Green.Building.Solutions. Online Summer University

Do you want to learn more about sustainable construction, renewables and alternative building? The Danube Rectors Conference – as a partner of the Green.Building.Solutions. Online Summer University – offers two fully funded scholarships for participation! Be sure not to miss this unique opportunity and apply until 21 June, 2020 here!

17th DRC Summer School to be postponed to 2021

The Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC) organizes a summer school every year, hosted by one of the DRC member universities. Recently, the Danube:Future project has been integrated into the DRC structure, and it has been agreed that the summer school will be organized alternately between DRC and Danube:Future. This year the Danube:Future Summer School, for the first time under the auspices of the DRC, was about to take place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 

All the more we regret to announce that, given the current situation regarding measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 disease, we are forced to postpone the 17th edition of the DRC Summer School “Sustainable development in the Danube Region. Where we are and how we tackle future challenges?”, scheduled to take place 6-12 July 2020 to 2021. We will announce a new date in due time.
We are fully aware of the complexity of the challenges faced by universities at present, and therefore we have decided to take this step to save the additional efforts of all people involved. We very much regret this decision, since the DRC Summer Schools represent a long record of successful cooperation among young promising scientists from the Danube Region. However, we believe that the positive track of the DRC Summer Schools will be followed up next year when the situation is settled.

We thank you for your understanding and are looking forward to the 17th DRC Summer School in 2021!

Danubius Young Scientist Award 2020 - Call for Nominations EXTENDED!

The deadline for nominations has been extended to May 29, 2020!


We are pleased to announce to you that the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research (BMBFW) and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) have published the Call for Nominations for the Danubius Young Scientist Award 2020.


The award is intended to honor persons with extraordinary achievements in their scientific activity and output in relation to the Danube Region. The call is opened to all graduates and postgraduates of higher education institutions, universities, researchers at the academies of sciences, research organizations etc. coming from one of the countries that are part of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) - Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Romania and the Ukraine.


The award will be endowed with 1.200 EUR for each winner of the Danubius Young Scientist Award.


For more information on the Award and Award criteria, please visit the official webpage.


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Thank you very much for your cooperation!