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.

DRC in the revised EUSDR Action Plan

The Danube Rectors' Conference has been included in the revised Action Plan 2020 of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). This initiative adopted by the European Commission in 2011 aims to improve the cooperation in areas of fundamental importance for the development of the region like education, culture, infrastructures, and environment. In this perspective, the new action plan targets to upgrade existing programmes of cooperation and it is set to reinforce the collaboration with the DRC in the field of education and research.


In general the scope is "to strengthen cooperation among universities, research organisations and SMEs in the Danube Region" and " contribute to stronger cooperation in various fields, such as developing joint programmes of common interest, mobility schemes, common research projects, and exchange of best practices" (Action 3, pp. 57).


The revised EUSDR 2020 action plan is available here!

New DRC Presidency 2021-2022

Following the elections of the new presidency that took place during the DRC General Assembly on 6th of November 2020, we gladly announce the new DRC Presidency for the period 2021-2022. Beginning with the 1st of January 2021 Prof. Dr. Zdravko Kačič, Rector of the University of Maribor in Slovenia, assumed the role of DRC President. The new Vice-Presidents are former DRC President Prof. Dr. Ivanka Popović, Rector of the University of Belgrade, and Mag. Friedrich Faulhammer, Rector of the Danube University Krems. 


Hopefully the year 2021 is going to impact positively all areas of higher education and we are very much looking forward to contributing to the new developments with our newly appointed presidency. We are confident we will continue our mission to strengthen the ties among our members, and, by doing so, to increase our presence in the Danube Region. 


It has been an intense and fruitful year despite the difficult circumstances we have faced regarding the pandemic. Nevertheless, on behalf of the Danube Rectors’ Conference, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays and a successful New Year!


Danubius Awards Ceremony

The Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research (BMBFW) and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) are pleased to invite you to join the Danubius Awards 2020 Virtual Ceremony taking place on 6th of November 2020 at 13:00 via YouTube livestream.

You can follow the Danubius Awards 2020 Ceremony by clicking on the YouTube link below.


DRC General Assembly

Dear Rectors of the DRC member universities,


we would like to cordially invite you to the DRC General Assembly 2020 taking place on Friday, 6th of November 2020, at 10:00-12:00 CET via ZOOM.

Please register with your full name and/or institution

by clicking on the button below.

Anniversary Celebration - 25 years of Danube University Krems

The Anniversary Ceremony on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Danube University Krems will take place on October 2, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. in the Grafenegg Auditorium in Austria.


To experience the ceremony via online stream, click on the following link from 10.30 a.m.:


The Danube University Krems looks forward to celebrating the anniversary together with you despite the current unusual circumstances!